Tough match ahead for Diss
DISS Town, who next play leaders Tiptree, saw their four-match winning run come to end as Halstead avenged their early season defeat by the Tangerines by winning 2-1. Luke Catchpole was available after completing a suspension collected at his previous club Thetford and replaced the injured Stuart Jenkinson.
DISS Town saw their four-match winning run come to end as Halstead avenged their early season defeat by the Tangerines by winning 2-1.
Luke Catchpole was available after completing a suspension collected at his previous club Thetford and replaced the injured Stuart Jenkinson.
The striking partnership was changed from the win at March with Gavin Norman and Danny Partridge, back for four weekends from the army, replacing Alex Jarvie and Ben Deacon.
Halstead were in need of the win and it made for a more open game than several seen at Brewers Green Lane recently.
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Diss are now ahead of Hadleigh United on goal difference. Hadleigh have a game in hand and the two meet in the last game of the season.
Steve Best forced a fine ninth minute save from Paul Rutherford to an Ed Cussons corner and Ross Barton shot just wide as Halstead quickly countered in an attractive opening to the match. Rutherford then tipped a shot from Gavin Norman over the bar after Partridge headed on a Cussons free kick.
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Diss took the lead in the 16th minute.
Matty Ryland had a header blocked by Rutherford and the ball fell kindly for Norman to lay it into the path of Partridge to shoot in from eight yards out for his 15th goal of the season.
Best was high with a shot in the next Diss attack after Kevin Leggett headed on at a Cussons corner. Halstead fought back towards the end of the first half. Danny Cooper was just wide with a shot and Chris Bryant had a shot deflected over. However, they did equalise in the 39th minute. Bryant collected a ball into the penalty area and turned to hit a fine rising shot past Michael Hilton. Hilton made a superb save to deny Ross Barton in the dying seconds of the first half to keep the scores level.
The second half was fairly even as play switched back and forth.
Rutherford made another good save to deny Partridge with 15 minutes left. Andrew Fulcher was high with a header when well placed but with the league positions as they were a draw would not have been a bad result for the Tangerines.
However, the point slipped away in the 88th minute.
Bryant forced Leggett into an error as the Diss central defender tried to clear the ball, but it was blocked by Bryant. He moved forward and was pushed over by Best and referee Rob Ellis had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Bryant made it 2-1 from the penalty kick.
Match Sponsors: Loyal Diss Town FC supporters led by the Cobb family.
Match Sponsors' Diss MoM: Local player Ed Cussons for some well-delivered free kicks and corner kicks.