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Former winners Diss Town ready to embark on another FA Vase campaign

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Diss Town head into a new Buildbase FA Vase campaign this weekend, with manager Jon Abbott hoping for a victory to maintain their positive start to the new season, writes Alex Moss.

The Tangerines famously went all the way in the Vase back in 1993/94, beating Taunton Town 2-1 in a final played in front of more than 13,000 people at Wembley.

And, some 25 years after that memorable success, Diss embark on their latest Vase run when they host Huntingdon Town in the first round qualifying tomorrow (3pm).

“It’s a game that the supporters, players and myself are all looking forward to,” Abbott said.

“Especially as it’s the Vase, it would be nice to get a win and keep our run going, and keep that winning feeling.

“It will be my first Vase game as a manager. It’s my first full season managing at Step 6 with Diss, but I did play in the Vase for them. I only played one or two games in it, so it would be great if we could get through a few rounds this year.”

The Tangerines are seeking a first win in the Vase since 2016/17, having bowed out to Framlingham Town (3-2) and Walsham-le-Willows (3-0) in their first games in the competition over the last two seasons.

Saturday’s visitors Huntingdon play in Division One of the Uhlsport United Counties League – the same level as Diss – and narrowly avoided relegation last term, finishing just one point clear of the drop.

The Hunters have started 2019/20 with seven points from their opening five league games and sit seventh in the Division One table.

“I don’t know much about them,” Abbott said. “I’ve got a few contacts from that way who I’ve spoken to.

“They played Wroxham in the Vase last year, so I’ve had a chat with their manager, but they’ve got a different set up from what they had when they played them.

“They’ve got a different squad now, and I think a different management team as well, so I’m expecting a tough game.”

And Diss, who were without a fixture last weekend, warmed up for tomorrow’s clash with an impressive 3-0 league win at Great Yarmouth Town on Wednesday evening.

Ryan Fuller continued his good start to the season with a brace while strike partner Owen Betts also scored.

However, on a negative note for the Tangerines forward Charlie Webb was sent off for two bookable offences.

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