Ridgeons Premier: Diss Town 0, Ely City 0
PUBLISHED: 17:15 01 February 2012
Diss secured their fourth goal-less draw of the season – their third at home – to gain a valuable point against third-placed Ely with a hard-fought performance.
The home team defended well against their more physical opponents who were reduced to 10 men for the last few minutes when Kenny Smith added a yellow card for a foul to his earlier one for dissent.
There were five yellows cards in total for the visitors – against none for the Tangerines.
The only change made by manager Rob Taylor to the team that had played well without reward at Brantham Athletic was enforced, with Brendan Foley in for Gareth Leggett, who was serving a one-game suspension for his sending off at Woodbridge.
Diss had the greater share of first-half possession and were especially effective attacking down the left wing.
Jason Cole caused Ely to make mistakes with his tenacious closing down. Unfortunately the first half action was interrupted due to Ely defender Sam Parkinson requiring an ambulance to take him to hospital with a dislocated knee.
Diss continued to enjoy the greater share of possession in the second half and finished the game strongly inside the last quarter of an hour.
In the 77th minute a free kick on the left side of the attacking penalty area from Stuart Garner was swung in low with pace and Aarron Taylor just failed to make contact with the ball.
After both forwards had been replaced to freshen the attack up Diss continued to attack, but could not get a breakthrough. In the 82nd minute Mark Shadrack drove another free kick from the edge of ‘D’ towards goal and a deflection off a defender seemed to be looping into the net until ex-Diss goalkeeper Lee Pacey tipped the ball over the bar at full stretch.
Diss: Webster, J Cole, Garner, Taylor, Foley, Shadrack, G Cole, Speller, Pipe, Steward, Moody. Subs: Brien (Moody 80), King (J Cole 86), Easlea (Pipe 80). Not used: Watts-Sturrock, Bryant.
Gorleston Reserves 6 Diss Reserves 0
Diss Reserves were beaten for the third game in a row – although the last two have been against the teams contesting the divisional title.
Gorleston had many experienced players in their line-up and played a good, confident passing game. It was no surprise when they took a 14th-minute lead, although in somewhat fortunate fashion, when Bradley Hough screwed his shot well wide, but the ball fell kindly for Keegan Middleton wide on the left. His shot hit the inside of a post and then struck goalkeeper Robbie Goodwin on the foot before going in. Within a minute Matt Anderson rounded Goodwin to make it 2-0.
After Diss had a good spell of play they were forced back with Elliot Jackson making a good goal-line clearance.
Goodwin made a good saving when pushing a 25-yard David Whiteley shot over the bar. A minute later Hough showed his class to score from 14 yards.
Andy Collins-Reed sent Cobb racing away on the right and his perfect cross allowed Liam Leverett to force a save from Pires two minutes before the Greens made it 4-0 in the 40th minute through Ollie Thompson.
Hough seemed to miskick his shot to the near post in the 51st minute and the scuffed effort went in to the net. Diss defended better in the second half before Whiteley added a sixth on 80 minutes.
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