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Diss Town manager Jon Abbott expecting a number of new arrivals ahead of new Thurlow Nunn League First Division North season

Diss Town manager Jon Abbott has revealed that he is planning for a busy summer of transfer activity.

After replacing Jason Cook in the Brewers Green Lane hotseat at the turn of the year, Abbott steered the Tangerines away from the potential two relegation places in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North.

However, up against some of the league’s better teams towards the end of the season, Diss’ form tailed off, with their one victory out of the final six games coming against bottom-of-the-table Felixstowe & Walton United.

Football action from Harleston Town vs Diss Town FC - Diss Manager Jon Abbott..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (9395271)
Football action from Harleston Town vs Diss Town FC - Diss Manager Jon Abbott..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (9395271)

It was a run that has convinced Abbott that he may need to recruit as many or six or seven players before the new term starts in early August.

“The end of the season typifies where the squad is as a group,” he said.

“We have not lost to any of the teams below us since I came in, but it has also shown we are not good enough to challenge the top teams.

“We want to be up the top but apart from Mulbarton we have not beaten any of them. The results and table do not lie at this stage.

“We do not want another season like this and so we are going to need some help.

“The targets have already identified but there is going to be a lot of competition for good players.

“The overall number of players we need is not set in stone but it could be around six or seven.”

Diss finished their 2018/19 campaign on Saturday with a 2-1 home loss at the hands of March Town United – their ninth home loss of the season and a result that meant they finished 15th, which is their lowest ever position since joining the Eastern Counties League as a founder member in 1988.

It was hosting Diss that took the lead in the 33rd minute when Kieran Hagan drove in from 20 yards out.

However, the visitors were level before the break thanks a Craig Gillies penalty, which had been awarded against Diss’ Charlie Webb.

Both sides created chances during an open second half, yet it was March that scored the game’s decisive goal in the 73rd minute. Jack Friend went on a run down the right wing and when the time came to cross he picked out Gillies, who fired in.

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