Tangerines hope to bounce back
Diss Town will hope to return to form on Saturday, hosting Whitton, after being leapfrogged by Gorleston after losing to them 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Gorleston 4, Diss Town 0
This Norfolk derby saw second-placed Diss visit in-form Gorleston who were in third.
A convincing win for the Greens on an off-night for the Tangerines, meant that the teams swapped places, although both remain well placed for promotion.
Diss had the first chance. Stuart Garner, returning after injury, won the ball in midfield and released Jordan Rocastle to run at the home defence.
He moved into the penalty area before having the ball taken off his foot by a well-timed slide from keeper Elliot Pride.
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A penalty was awarded for a hand-ball, the offender was not clear from the side lines and led to protests, and Gary Williams shot the ball low into the right hand corner of Mark Camidge's net.
Gorleston grew in confidence after this and Diss were hanging on but an error saw them fall further behind. The ball was played in low from the left and Camidge spilled it with Alli McKenna tapping in.
Soon after a well-struck free kick from 22 yards out by Chris Sandford found its way around the defensive wall and into the corner of the net despite the efforts of Mark Shadrack to clear.
Jordan Rocastle was forced off at half-time by a dead leg and Stuart Garner, after returning from a recent ankle injury, had done well in midfield before being replaced 10 minutes into the second half.
Tom Deller and Lee Broomfield came on for their debuts after both being signed from Ipswich Wanderers since last weekend.
Diss had a good spell of play and could have pulled a goal back when Danny Partridge put a shot over from four yards when well placed.
Gorleston broke down the left and a cross was cut out by Jason Cole. His back pass from the edge of the penalty area somehow deceived Camidge and ended up in the net for an own goal.
Broomfield forced keeper Pride to make a smart block but further embarrassment was saved in added time when a shot floated against the Diss bar after Camidge lost control of a back pass from Shadrack.
Meanwhile, Diss Reserves visited their Dereham counterparts and lost 2-0 to a good young team.
The out-of-sorts Tangerines would have been beaten more heavily but for some fine saves from Aaron Bunn (MoM). Diss Reserves will be at away at Needham Market Reserves this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).