Abbott calls for Diss Town to cut out their mistakes to remain competitive
Jon Abbott insists his Diss Town players must cut out their recent mistakes if they want to stay on the front foot in their promotion push this season.
The Tangerines slipped to only their second home defeat in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North at the weekend, as promotion rivals Lakenheath won 3-0 at Brewers Green Lane.
It left Abbott’s men still occupying the last promotion spot in the table in fourth place, but a congested top half now sees Diss and Ipswich Wanderers, in 10th spot, separated by just three points heading into this weekend.
Diss travel to eighth-placed March Town United tomorrow (3pm), which starts a three-game run against sides positioned between fourth and 10th, and Abbott knows how important getting results from this upcoming bunch of fixtures could be.
“Every team is going to go through patches in the season where your mistakes get punished,” he said.
“It was disappointing against Lakenheath as before the first goal there was nothing in the game whatsoever.
“We’ve gave them the first one and then five minutes later another one. We were our own worst enemies and I’ve got no qualms about the result.
“At the start of the season I expected that Lakenheath would be the best side in the league this year. It might be a little bit early to call that, and it might come back to haunt me.
“We need to go into the game against March, which will be another tough game, and cut out the mistakes.
“There will be times during the season where we drop points, but it’s about not getting too down after a defeat, and at the same time not getting too up if we go and win three or four on the spin.
“That’s what the league is this year. With four teams going up this year, I can see that the league is stronger than it was when I first came here during last season. It’s a very tough league and I expect the top 10 or 11 sides right now will see it as a chance to go up.”
Following this weekend’s trip to March, the Tangerines host Thurlow Nunn League new boys Sheringham (7th, November 2) and then head to Norwich CBS (9th, November 9).
Sheringham are two points behind Diss, having played the same number of games, while March and Norwich are both a point further back, but each have two games in hand on Abbott’s side.
Ryan Fuller, Diss’ top goalscorer with nine goals in 13 games so far this season, was an unused substitute last Saturday, but Abbott hopes the rest will help him to be fit for this weekend, while the Diss boss says it is unlikely Aaron Taylor, who has missed the last two games, and James Baughurst will make the trip tomorrow.
March saw their recent four-game winning run snapped after defeats to Rothwell Corinthians and Fakenham Town over the last two weekends.