Relegation is confirmed for Tangerines

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Diss Town are preparing for life in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division after their relegation from the Premier Division was confirmed following a 1-1 draw at Thetford Town.

Knowing only a win would keep alive their slim chance of survival following a disastrous 4-0 defeat to relegation rivals FC Clacton on Saturday, the Tangerines fell behind through Ian Fancett’s strike after 47 minutes before Ben Lewis gave them a lifeline 10 minutes later, heading in Colin Wines’ corner.

But despite Diss goalkeeper Matthew Powley saving an 80th minute penalty from Elliott Smith, the visitors could not be inspired to find a winner as their relegation was confirmed.

In the First Division, Debenham LC were held to a 1-1 draw at Halstead Town as Sam Quinton levelled the scores following Thomas Cook’s opener. The result leaves the Hornets in eighth place with three games remaining.

Meanwhile, Norwich City pushed themselves up into the top two with maximum points from the Easter weekend as Bradley Johnson scored the only goal of the game at Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday and followed it up with two more at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Monday in a 2-0 win at Carrow Road.

In contrast, Ipswich Town dropped out of the top six with a return of just a point, having seen victory slip from their grasp at home to then league leaders Bournemouth on Friday with Kenwyne Jone’s 82nd minute header levelling after Freddie Sears had given them an early lead.

A lacklustre display saw them go 2-0 down by the break at Huddersfield Town, with Luke Varney scoring what proved to be no more than a consolation to leave them eighth and three points off sixth.