Silver lining for Diss Town
Diss Town, who last week lifted the Ridgeons Division One KO Cup, host Brantham Athletic on Saturday to wrap up the league season.Brantham are one place above them in the table.
Diss Town, who last week lifted the Ridgeons Division One KO Cup, host Brantham Athletic on Saturday to wrap up the league season.
Brantham are one place above them in the table.
Diss beat Hadleigh United 1-0 to lift some silverware at the end of a season that manager Rob Taylor described as 'a bit up and down' as a late extra-time winner from 17-year-old George Wilson secured the KO Cup.
He was full of praise for his team: 'The fitness of our players was strong against a team that has been promoted.'
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Indeed, Hadleigh had completed a league double over the Tangerines, but there was little to choose between the two teams on the night.
Hill collected an on target Dean Tourney-Godfrey shot but he was beaten on the edge of his penalty area soon after by a Chris Williams turn.
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However, the impressive Stuart Jenkinson got back to clear the danger. Dave Adams was caught trying to control a hurried clearance from Hill. Fleming moved clear and his shot hit a post.
This seemed to spark Diss into action and they had the better of the attacking play through to the end.
Adams was only just unable to reach a flick from Soanes at a free kick.
Two minutes later Ed Cussons had a low 22-yard shot pushed out by Luke Whitwell and he was supported by his defence to scramble the ball away for a corner.
Five minutes from time Cussons and Soanes were both on target with shots.
With no goals scored the match went into extra time. Hill was out quickly to block as Chris Dennett took advantage of a slip by James Wilson.
Four minutes from time a superb run by Partridge took him from his half of the field, beating defenders and hitting a shot from 15 yards out that dipped over Whitwell and went just a foot too high.
A minute later came the winning goal. Shadrack played a perfect pass for George Wilson to take, run forward and hit a perfect low shot from 22 yards out.
It sparked celebrations for the Diss supporters as their team won a trophy for the first time since 2005.
The Tangerines were beaten 2-1 by a Halstead team needing to win their remaining games to pip Debenham for promotion.
Halstead opened the scoring with a header from a corner, then made it 2-0 from a penalty for hand-ball.
Diss scored with the last action of the match. It came when the home defence failed to clear the ball, as they should have done, and Soanes netted.