Five-star Diss put boot into rivals

Diss Town v Debenham - Diss Captain, Kyles Downes has a shot a goal. ANL-151024-200155009
Diss Town v Debenham - Diss Captain, Kyles Downes has a shot a goal. ANL-151024-200155009

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Diss Town 5 Debenham LC 1

Diss Town responded to boss Ross Potter’s bootcamp style training session in emphatic style by marching all over a shellshocked Debenham to claim local bragging rights.

The Tangerines recovered from back-to-back defeats by delivering a first-to-last whistle assault on their overwhelmed near-neighbours, with two-goal Kyle Downes majoring on his return to the front-line after recently being deployed at centre-half.

And the 30-year-old captain, who initially joined from Dereham Town on loan a year ago, before making a permanent switch in the summer, revealed his troops got exactly what they needed with a beasting from their manager on what was meant to be a free Saturday the previous weekend.

“I think we deserved to have a good blow out when we hadn’t been performing, and maybe our fitness was part of that,” he admitted, after scoring the opening two goals, both eye catching strikes, in a lethal eight-minute spell from the quarter-of-an-hour mark that had Debenham firmly on the ropes before the contest had really got going.

Downes had carefully watched a half-cleared corner onto his right boot before carefully judging his strike to send the ball looping goalwards from his position a few yards inside the penalty area, with a covering defender only able to slice it in on the line.

His next trick was to display his eye for spotting and executing a quick opportunity from outside the box amid slack marking, arrowing a low shot into Sam Chilvers’ right-hand corner after Danny Self’s industrious play.

But the Tangerines’ skipper said he will not be demanding to remain up top, leaving that decision firmly in the hands of his manager.

“I’m happy to play centre-half or up front, wherever the manager wants me to play. But it was nice to be back up front and get some goals,” he said.

“We needed a win as two losses in a row is not good.

“We have the FA Vase on Saturday, so it sends us into that game full of confidence.”

There was little chance of a comeback being on the cards when the Hornets were stung again just three minutes after the restart, exciting 17-year-old winger Calum Olpin finishing after poor defending.

To their credit though, the visitors’ heads did not drop and they had a goal of their own to celebrate on the hour mark when midfielder Shaun Thorrold finished from close range after the Diss defence were caught out on the break.

Debenham, who had been locked on 18 points with their opponents going into the game but a place above in sixth courtesy of a better goal difference, could not get the all-important next goal though.

Instead, it went to Diss, by far the out-of-form side of the two, for 4-1 in the 85th minute, with substitute Chris Homes staking his claim for a starting place in the Vase tie with Basildon United by firing a low angled shot from inside the box past Sam Chilvers into the far post after fellow substitute Chris Barrett had cut the ball back.

It sucked any remaining life out of the Hornets, who conceded again to the same player just four minutes later when he finishing when put through one-on-one with Chilvers through the middle from Barrett’s lofted pass.

There was still time for another chance at both ends, but it didn’t trouble the scoreline any further as Diss celebrated a memorable return to action, which moves them back into the top six, while Debenham will have a chance to put themselves back level on points with their cross-county rivals with three points from their game-in-hand at home to Needham Market Reserves tonight (Friday, 7.45pm).

Diss: Powely, Cole, Wenham, Manning, Lewis, Appleton (Barrett 66), Armes (Bartram 79), Self, Downes (cpt), Page (Holmes 76), Olpin. Unused: Bird.

Debenham: Chilvers, Goddard, Kemp, S Fenner, T Fenner (cpt), Brock, Green, Barker, Austin, Thorrold, Josiah (Ross 68). Unused: Diaper, Holding.

Diss Express Man of the Match: Kyle Downes. Attendance: 117.