Manager believes his team owe suffering fans a victory

SOLITARY STRIKE: Ben Lewis, (left centre) scored the only goal of the game to secure Diss Town a welcome 1-0 win away at Haverhill Rovers on Saturday

SOLITARY STRIKE: Ben Lewis, (left centre) scored the only goal of the game to secure Diss Town a welcome 1-0 win away at Haverhill Rovers on Saturday

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Diss Town manager Mark Reeve believes his side owe their long-suffering fans a worthy performance in their season finale tomorrow (3pm).

The Tangerines welcome Felixstowe and Walton United to Brewers Green Lane as this year’s Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season comes to a close.

And following a rather forgettable campaign for the Diss faithful, which has ended in relegation, the manager is desperate to repay their ever-present support with a victory.

“The fans have always turned up in their numbers and got behind the boys, so it is important that we put on a performance for them,” he said.

“It must have been difficult to stay positive throughout the season, knowing there could be a good chance they were turning up to see their team get beaten.

“And for that reason we owe them a performance on Saturday.

“There could also be some new fans with it being the last game of the season and so it is important that we try and entice them to come back.

“It will be crucial for us to keep the crowd on side for next season.

“If we want to redevelop we need things to remain positive off the field as much as on it and that definitely includes the crowd.

“Few teams in the First Division will have as big a fanbase as we do and so that will be a massively important factor for next season.”

Diss head into the encounter on the back of a 1-0 win away at Haverhill Rovers courtesy of Ben Lewis’ solitary strike, which guaranteed the Tangerines will finish second-from-bottom.

And with his side unbeaten in four, the manager is keen to extend that sequence and end the season on a positive note.

“We’ve been in pretty good form and I’m expecting us to win,” he added.

“In terms of the league the result won’t count for much but it is important that we get a result and go forward in a positive way.

“Some of the players also need to show me that they want to play for this club.

“I’m expecting three points, a clean sheet and goals to make sure the fans want to come back.”