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Latest Match Report
Season Starts with an Away WIN
Saturday 31st July 2021
Thurlow Nunn League Division One North
FC Parson Drove 1 Diss Town 4
Diss Town started the league season with a trip to league newcomers FC Parson Drove and travelled home with three points from a commanding performance. Diss played a fine passing game and used the wings to their advantage to create some good opportunities. Four different goal scorers from the first game of the season – three on debut – gives the team a good platform to build on.
Ryan Gibbs was creating openings from his early runs down both wings and created a good shooting chance in the tenth minute; Kehan Whitby was wide when in space 20 yards out. Two minutes later Adam Rix did well to tip an Adam Jackson left foot shot from the edge of the penalty area over the bar.
Diss took the lead with a counter attack in the 17th minute; George Erith cleared a free kick from the edge of his penalty area towards half way, Callum Maloney controlled the ball and played the ball down the right wing for Gibbs to run and look up to lay the perfect square path into the area for the unmarked Spencer Cawcutt to control and slide the ball past the goalkeeper from ten yards out. Diss were now in the ascendancy and Erith had a header at a corner snatched on the line by Aaron Watson.
The second goal came in the 22nd minute; Parson Drove were struggling to cope with the movement of Gibbs and as he moved infield from the left he was brought down 20 yards from goal. The ball was in line with the attacking left hand post and Gibbs drilled his low free kick past the wall and into the far corner.
The hosts had a great chance to score, following a Diss corner five minutes before half time. The ball was moved back and given away which allowed a through ball to send Ryan Lennon racing clear from the centre circle. Rix made a superb one-on-one block with his feet to send the visitors in with a two goal half time lead.
The Tangerines added to their lead within 40 seconds of the restart; Adam Rix swung a corner in from the left and Stephen Vennell headed into the roof of the net despite Watson getting his hands to the ball.
Lennon was unmarked in a central position to head the ball from from four yards out to a cross from the left in the 53rd minute. Parson Drove were reduced to ten men in the 69th minute when a reckless challenge from Jack Mockford that started a knee height landed on the upper foot of Cawcutt. Mockford was dragged from the pitch by his team-mates who seemed shocked by the severity of the tackle and his protests. Cawcutt took no further part in the game but was walking more easily an hour later.
Diss made the game safe in the 84th minute when Joel Wilson won the ball on the right and played a bouncing pass across from Ivan Otono to beat the goalkeeper in an aerial challenge on the edge of the penalty area; Otono raced on to the loose ball to shoot into the unguarded goal. A minute later fine advantage play after a foul on Otono ended with Matt Wilson shooting wide, denying him the goal that his hard working display covering large distances down the left deserved.
Diss team: Adam Rix, Max Lane, Matt Wilson, Stephen Vennell, Lewis Hart, Adam Race, Callum Maloney, Kehan Whitby, Ryan Gibbs, George Erith, Spencer Cawcutt.
Diss subs: Jordan Gibbs (for Erith 77 mins), Joel Wilson (for Maloney 69 mins), Ivan Otono (for Cawcutt 71 mins), Michael King, Conor Nicolle.
The next two Diss league games are both at home – against Wisbech St. Mary on Saturday 7th August (kick off 3pm) and against another league newcomer, University of East Anglia on Tuesday 10th August (kick off 7.45pm).