Four-goal Tangerines get back on the winning trail

DROUGHT OVER: Charlie Webb crosses for Mark Appleton to score as Diss end their winless run against Halstead
DROUGHT OVER: Charlie Webb crosses for Mark Appleton to score as Diss end their winless run against Halstead
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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Diss Town 4

Halstead Town 0

After going eight matches without a victory, Diss halted their decline in style on Saturday by hitting four unanswered goals past Halstead.

The out-of-form Tangerines — and in particular their number 10 Shaun Hunsdon — started the encounter brightly and were ahead inside the opening 10 minutes.

Hunsdon had already hit the post when he stepped up to take a penalty. Halstead goalkeeper Luke Banner saved the initial effort, but the Diss attacker reacted quickest to tuck in the rebound.

Charlie Webb skimmed the crossbar as Diss went in search of a second goal, while up the other end Halstead had two penalty appeals turned down by the referee.

Ross Potter’s hosts continued in the ascendancy during the second half and they doubled their advantage on the hour mark.

The ball broke for Webb and he duly dispatched his shot into the bottom corner.

Hunsdon made it 3-0 with a composed finish, before substitute Mark Appleton scored a fourth goaltwo minutes from time when he tapped in Webb’s low cross.

n On Wednesday, goals from Hunsdon, Joe Manning and Jack Tipple sealed a 3-1 victory over Leiston Reserves.

Diss now have back-to-back games, starting with a trip to King’s Lynn Town Reserves tomorrow (3pm).

Then, on Tuesday, Diss travel to promotion hopefuls Haverhill Borough (7.45pm).

n A depleted Scole United were beaten 2-0 in their Almary Green Anglian Combination Division One encounter by Wymondham Town on Saturday.

Despite being without a number of key players, Scole dominated the possession during the opening 45 minutes, but could not make it count in terms of goals.

And the momentum swung in the second half the way of Wymondham, who went in front through Kyle Downes’ 50th-minute header.

The home side went on to make sure of the outcome 20 minutes from time courtesy of Danny Pennell’s goal.

Tomorrow, Scole travel to Holt United (2.30pm).

n AFC Hoxne are second in the Touchline Suffolk & Ipswich League Division standings after Saturday’s 2-0 win at Wickham Market.

Hoxne’s goalscorers were James Harrison and Alex Blakely, which sealed the double over their hosts.

Hoxne’s promotion quest continues tomorrow with a home encounter against ninth-placed Mendlesham (2.30pm).

n In the Intermediate A Division, AFC Hoxne Reserves played out a 2-2 draw with Westerfield Reserves.

Polish pair Wojtek Kawa and Artur Leszczynski scored.