THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Diss Town 0
Felixstowe & Walton Utd 1
A slender defeat saw Diss slip to their 12th league defeat from 17 games against fellow relegation zone occupiers Felixstowe & Walton United.
The visitors converted a penalty in the opening five minutes of the game through Ben Cranfield to seal their exit from the drop zone, while digging Diss deeper into trouble.
Both sides seemed to start with purpose, although the wind was knocked out of the Diss sails when Stuart Garner misjudged a header and the ball bounced over his head, allowing Matt Buckle to spring free.
With only Matty Webster to beat, he pushed the ball past the Diss keeper but was brought down inside the area, giving the referee no option but to point to the spot.
Webster was shown yellow and could count himself fortunate to still be on the field as Cranfield sent him the wrong way for 1-0.
Town struggled with precision passing but did nearly get back on level terms in the 32nd minute when Tom Daniels’ cross was met by Brendan Foley, who powered his header against the underside of the bar.
Both sides huffed and puffed with a few goalmouth scrambles going unconverted, with the half coming to a close after Garner’s dipping long-range shot forced Andrew Plummer in the Felixstowe goal to tip over for a corner.
Debutant Ricci Butler, one of five new signings involved, sent a free-kick searing across the face of goal before the ball found its way to Michael Steward, who fired over from 12 yards.
The second half saw the home side take the initiative as Butler set up fellow debutant Ashley Skeggs, who shot well wide of the mark.
Skeggs was again involved after substitute Claudio Langlois headed on, but Skeggs could only send in a weak shot which was easily collected by Plummer.
Andy Crump nearly doubled the visitors’ score midway through the second half, but his goal-bound shot was well blocked by Foley.
A late flurry of goalmouth activity at the Felixstowe end of the pitch looked as though it would only be a matter of time before Diss would be back in the game, but time was of the essence and with both Skeggs and new boy Matt Dixon going close it was just not meant to be.
The Tangerines now turn to FA Vase business when they travel to Ampthill in the second round tomorrow in a quest to jump start their season.
Diss: Webster, T Daniels, Garner, Steward (Dixon 73), Foley, Thompson, Cole, Shadrack, Burroughs (Langlois 57), Butler (Lambert 66), Skeggs. Unused subs: Taylor, Easlea.
Diss Express man of the match: Jason Cole was again the man mostly involved down the right flank with his never-say-die attitude.