Tangerines hit a ton
Diss Town complete their Ridgeons League Division One home matches for the season when they entertain bottom side Long Melford on Saturday.They then travel to second from bottom team Fakenham Town on Tuesday (ko 7.
Diss Town complete their Ridgeons League Division One home matches for the season when they entertain bottom side Long Melford on Saturday.
They then travel to second from bottom team Fakenham Town on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm).
Diss have lost six home matches so far this season. Saturday's 4-1 win at FC Clacton was the fourth time that they have gained revenge, the others being Godmanchester, Halstead and Gorleston, with another opportunity still to come at Hadleigh.
After a run of three successive home defeats, it was a case of Diss being glad to be on their travels. The win, together with defeat for Gorleston, meant that the Tangerines moved back into fourth place, just one point behind Hadleigh from one more game played.
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There appear to be seven teams still battling for the final promotion place - Diss, Hadleigh, Gorleston, Halstead and Whitton.
Both keepers were busy in the early stages. Michael Hilton turned away a Paul Hillier 15-yard shot and a Sean Hillier shot from the edge of the penalty area with Craig Rulton denying Gavin Norman, after he had taken the ball off Greg Heighway and shot from outside the penalty area, and Alan North.
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S Hillier should have done better than head against the bar from a centre from Michael Lyness. Moments before half-time Diss scored when a right-wing corner was swung in by North for Norman to head into the roof of the net at the near post. It was the 100th competitive goal for Diss in all matches this season.
Diss had far more of the play in the second half. Dan Smith shot into the side netting after taking the ball off Luke Catchpole. In the 52nd minute, Matty Ryland crossed from the left, after exchanging passes with Dale Vince, and North made it 2-0 with a rising shot from 16 yards out.
In the 82nd minute, Andrew Fulcher passed the ball to Robbie Lawrence on the wing and his cross allowed Catchpole to head in from five yards out to make it 3-0 with his third goal in the last two games.
In added time, Ben Deacon, with his first touch after coming on, headed in to make it 4-0 when Lawrence again sent the ball over from the right. Clacton pulled a goal back with a goal which took a deflection.
Meanwhile, Diss Reserves completed their home fixtures with an improved display, but were beaten 3-0 by Ipswich Wanderers. MoM: Richard Turner, who played some top-quality defence-splitting passes.
Last Wednesday the reserves travelled to their Stowmarket counterparts and lost 4-1 - Sam Buckmaster rifling in his first goal at this level. MoM: keeper Simon Nobes.