THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Diss Town 1
Hadleigh United 1
After a turbulent season, Diss Town secured Premier Division football for another season with a point at home to Hadleigh United.
That result, coupled with Wivenhoe Town’s 4-0 loss to Norwich United at Plantation Park, leaves the Tangerines five points clear of the bottom three with only one game to play.
It took a quarter of an hour for any real action to take place as both sides scrapped for the ball.
Marcus Josiah’s pace was proving a problem for Diss left-back Stuart Garner as the Hadleigh man galloped free into the box before his cross was turned over his own crossbar by Eddie Thompson.
The resulting corner fell to centre-half Paul Donnelly, who lifted his shot over the bar.
Late in the first half, a smashing strike from all of 30 yards by Chris McLaughlin failed to trouble Matty Webster, who took the ball safely into his chest.
The second-half tempo was slightly up on the first and a superb cross from Josiah to the far post picked out Matt Downing, who headed inches wide of the angle of the crossbar and post after 55 minutes of play.
On the hour-mark, Diss’ Adam Burroughs did well to hold up the ball before crossing for Ashley Skeggs, but the former Long Melford man failed to make contact, which led to Downing almost putting through his own net.
The deadlock was broken in the 73rd minute as Ollie Canfer’s pace was too much for Garner as he skipped past the Diss defender before squaring the ball for substitute Scott Chaplin to knock it in off the post.
Diss made three substitutions with Louis Cutajar, Jacob Brown and Matt Dixon being introduced over the space of 10 minutes with the latter making an instant impact.
Thomas Daniels’ pinpoint cross late in the proceedings found an unmarked Dixon to power his header home past a helpless Heath.
Diss travel to Dereham Town on Friday evening in a rearranged game for their final outing of the 2012/13 season and will finish 17th in the league irrespective of the result.
Diss: Webster, Daniels, Garner, Shadrack, Taylor, Thompson, Langlois, Easlea, Skeggs, Burroughs, Harley. Subs: Cutajar, Alves, Tracey, Brown, Dixon.
Express man of the match: Danny Easlea put in a valiant effort to thwart the opposition pressure as he spoilt many moves they tried to put together in the middle of the field.
n Diss Town Reserves threw away a 3-1 lead at Wivenhoe Town Reserves to crash to a 4-3 reverse.
Arran Kohn, George Fryer and Andrew Mazey put the Tangerines in charge before the Essex club turned things around.