Page’s solitary strike seals victory

CELEBRATION TIME: Sam Page celebrates his goal with Dale Barrett in Diss  1-0 win over Needham Market Reserves

CELEBRATION TIME: Sam Page celebrates his goal with Dale Barrett in Diss 1-0 win over Needham Market Reserves

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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
FIRST DIVISION

Needham Market Reserves 0

Diss Town 1

Diss Town sealed a second successive win as they overcame a spirited Needham Market Reserves to clinch a narrow 1-0 victory.

Needham had their best chance of the match in the second minute, with Tangerines’ keeper Will Izod watching anxiously as a goal-bound shot was cleared by a Diss defender.

The Tangerines soon found their rhythm and played some good football with Sam Page going close to opening the scoring when his header from a corner just cleared the crossbar in the 17th minute.

The pressure continued with Danny Self hitting the post after 28 minutes before the endeavours were finally rewarded two minutes.

Collecting a cross from Self, Page turned and shot in one movement to convert from eight yards out and break the deadlock.

The game was delayed for six minutes when Jason Armes received treatment for an ankle injury, before the match was delayed for a further three minutes when home goalkeeper Matthew Bradshaw was injured in a challenge with Jamie George and was replaced by Tyler Hursey.

In the 66th minute the Tangerines should have increased their lead when they were awarded a penalty after Page was upended in the area.

However, Armes’ firm side-foot effort was on target, but Hursey guessed right and dived full-length to push the ball behind for a corner.

Needham had their best spell in the closing stages of the match but Diss held firm.

The Tangerines host AFC Sudbury Reserves tomorrow (3pm).

n League rivals Debenham LC remain unbeaten in two matches having followed up Saturday’s 1-1 draw at AFC Sudbury Reserves with an emphatic 4-0 victory over visiting Team Bury on Tuesday evening.

The Hornets will be aiming to build on that momentum when they host fifth-placed Halstead Town tomorrow (3pm).

n Harleston Town stretched their unbeaten run in the Almary Green Anglian Combination League Premier Division to seven games after coming from behind to beat Pakefield Reserves 2-1 courtesy of goals from Scott Roberts and Chris Hall.

Harleston face rivals Scole United tomorrow (3pm).