Welcome victory can lift pressure on Tangerines

CHALLENGING: Sam Page battles for the ball as Diss put Downham under pressure
CHALLENGING: Sam Page battles for the ball as Diss put Downham under pressure
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THURLOW NUNN

LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Diss Town 1

Downham Town 0

Despite a number of missed chances, which meant a nervy last 15 minutes, Diss Town manager Ross Potter feels the team is finally playing the way he wants them to.

Although Chris Holmes struck a superb 58th-minute free-kick for what proved to be the winner, the lack of finishing from the home side is a concern, as they should have had the match dead and buried long before.

“We played much better today, we passed the ball well, should have had more goals than we did. That made it hairy at the end because we obviously haven’t won the last couple of games. Generally, I’m really pleased with the performance” said Potter.

Potter felt his team were deserving of the win and put the missed chances down to the lack of confidence after a couple of drawn home games which should have been won.

“This means that the confidence once you get into the final third isn’t on the top level. But if we keep creating chances we’ll win more than we will lose.”

The Tangerines started strongly, not allowing the opposition out of their half, their first real chance coming in the 26th minute when captain Kyle Downes’ header was saved by Lee Brooks.

Brooks was unable to do anything about Jamie George’s effort just before half-time, but the shot came off the post and bounced to safety.

George again hit the post in the 49th minute after he unleashed a 25-yard drive and the resulting rebound fell to Jason Armes in the penalty area, whose hurried shot blazed over the bar.

Finally Diss took the lead when Holmes sweetly struck a 20-yard free kick into the top left-hand corner and the Tangerines now had something to show for their number of attempts and dominance.

Potter was sent from the dugout in the 83rd minute. After the game, he felt it best not tocomment on the incident.

Downham had a late opportunity to equalise from a free kick, but were unable to make anything of it.

Potter’s side will now look to carry the momentum over to their FA Vase match tomorrow when they travel to Wisbech St Mary (3pm).

Diss: Powley, Cole, Downes, Appleton, Barrett, Manning, Self (Bartram 45), Armes, Holmes (Olpin 86), George, Page. Subs (not used): Wenham, Bird.

Diss Express Man of The Match: Chris Holmes. Always looked most likely to make something happen on the left wing.

Attendance: 83.