Tough test for Tangerines

Mildenhall Town 3, Diss Town 0Two defensive mistakes contributed to a pre-season friendly defeat for Diss against higher league opposition despite some fine first-half passing football.

Mildenhall Town 3, Diss Town 0

Two defensive mistakes contributed to a pre-season friendly defeat for Diss against higher league opposition despite some fine first-half passing football.

Diss started the match with eleven players who have remained with the club from last season. They seemed to benefit from the continuity that this gave them.

The second half was a more disjointed affair as both teams, as happens in these pre-season games, made many changes.

The move of the match saw Luke Catchpole have a 13th minute shot superbly saved by John Pope after he was released by Mark Shadrack.

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The move started with a 50-yard cross-field pass from Jason Hunt to Peter Hooks wide on the right. He laid the ball off to Shadrack.

Matty Webster had a good first half, making diving saves and blocking well. He was beaten in the 22nd minute when the ball was given away and a cross was turned in from close range by Alan Ross.

James McKaig made it 2-0 when he shot in from 10 yards out in the 48th minute when the ball was pulled back from the goal lime. Stuart Garner was denied by a good save after a well worked free kick mid-way through the second half.

The scoring was completed two minutes from time when Tom Youngs was able to move on to a poor

back-pass and slide the ball past Scott Cruickshank.

Diss starting team: Matty Webster, Mark Shadrack, Stuart Garner, Simon Jackson, Brendan Foley, Jason Hunt, Peter Hooks, Luke Catchpole, Andy Moody, Jordan Rocastle, Sam Bryant.

Diss subs at half-time: Scott Cruickshank (for Webster), Simon Mann (for Rocastle), Tom Cross (for Hunt), Chris Gibbons (for Foley) and Steve Wright (for Moody).

Other Diss subs: Ben Gillies (for Catchpole 73 mins) and Ross Shaen-Carter (for Bryant 73 mins).

Remaining Diss Town FC pre-season matches are: Saturday home v Stotfold ko 3pm. July 24 away at Brandon ko 3pm. July 31 - first team and reserves away at Felixstowe kick offs 12noon and 3pm.

Reserves: August 7 away at Foulsham ko 2pm, August 11 away at Newton Flotman ko 6.30pm,

U18: August 5 home v Harford Tornadoes ko 7.30pm, August 12 home v Histon ko 7.30pm, August 18 away at Gorleston ko 7.30pm, August 25 away at Dereham Town ko 7.30pm.

The Ridgeons League season starts on Saturday, August 7. Diss will be at home to Saffron Walden Town in the opening Division One match. The full fixture list should be issued shortly.

The draws have been announced for various Football Association competitions. Diss Town are involved

as follows:

FA Cup sponsored by E.On - Diss are at home against Daventry United in the Extra Preliminary Round on August 14. Victory would mean a trip to either Walsham-le-Willows or Long Buckby on August 28 in the Preliminary Round with the winners travelling to Cambridge City in The First Qualifying Round on September 11.

FA Carlsberg Vase - Diss are away at Newmarket Town in the First Qualifying Round on September 4. The winners have a home second qualifying round tie against Stewarts and Lloyds, Corby or Wisbech Town on September 18. The winners of that tie have a home first round tie on October 2 against one of Rothwell, Cogenhoe, Long Melford or Fakenham.

FA Youth Cup Sponsored by E.On - Diss U18 are at home against Needham Market in the Preliminary Round on Thursday September 9. The winners travel to Fakenham or Grantham in the first qualifying round with the winners of that tie on their travels in the second qualifying round to one of Bury, Thetford or Wroxham.

Various sponsorship opportunities exist at Diss Town FC. Please ring the club on 01379 651223 on weekday evenings for further details.

The Diss Town Football Club house facilities at Brewers Green Lane are available for use by other local sporting clubs. For details and discussion on your requirements either visit the club on a weekday evening or ring 01379 651223.