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 with a 5-1 trouncing of near-neighbours Debenham at Brewers Green Lane.
The Tangerines recovered from back-to-back defeats by delivering a first-to-last whistle assualt on their shellshocked opponents.
It came after Potter had brought them in for an Army-style training session to improve their fitness levels on what would otherwise have been a free weekend last Saturday.
The hosts looked up for the fight right from the word go, and two fine goals inside a killer eight-minute spell from the quarter-of-an-hour spell from captain Kyle Downes had Debenham firmly on the ropes before the contest had really got going.
His first was a fine careful-judged volley from inside the area after Danny Self’s
There was little chance of a comeback being on the cards when the Hornets were stung again just three minutes after the restart, 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 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 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, for 4-1 in the 85th minute, with Chris Homes 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.
Diss Express Man of the Match: Kyle Downes.
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