Nightmare 30 minute spell for Diss Under-18s


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After successive wins Diss U18 suffered the Wednesday night horror show for the second time this season as they went down 7-2 at Beccles Town U18.

Despite taking the lead Diss conceded seven goals in a 30 minute period either side of half-time. They did score for a second time, both goals being scored by defender Bradley Budd, after Beccles were reduced to 10 players.

The Tangerines took the lead in the 15th minute. A corner from the left taken by Harrison Tompkins caused problems, two attempts were made to clear the ball but it only fell to Budd who was seven yards from goal and had time to hit a left foot shot into the corner of the net.

The equaliser came in the 25th minute when a shot from Alex Husband was deflected to Callum Read, with Diss appealing for offside, in space and with time to control and shoot in from 12 yards out. Jack Gallagher got to the goal-line seven minutes later and his ball into the danger area was only pushed across for Read to tap in from inches out.

Tom Balding was next to get behind the Diss defence and play the ball across for Read to complete his hat-trick from two yards out. Beccles' passing had by now become crisper and more accurate and Husband took advantage by getting into the danger area and crossing low for Read to shoot into the roof of the net from close range.

The start of the second half saw Beccles exploit space left in the visiting defence with Will Webb and Cullum Aizlewood both shooting in when unmarked within the opening five minutes. Webb made it 7-1 in the 54th minute from a penalty kick after he was tripped by Chris Disney.

Two minutes later Beccles were reduced to 10 players when Archie Wallis was sent off for kicking out in an off-the-ball incident. The final goal came in the 74th minute when Tompkins sent a corner and Budd rose unmarked beyond the far post to head in.

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