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Diss Town boss wants reaction from players in Thurlow Nunn League First Division top-of-the-table game at Downham Town




Diss Town manager Jon Abbott wants to see a reaction from his players during tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash at Downham Town (3pm).

The second-placed Tangerines will travel to the leaders on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Needham Market Reserves last weekend – a result that ended their seven-game winning sequence in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North.

With the season still very much in its infancy the outcome of the Memorial Fields clash will not be season defining, but Abbott nevertheless is keen for Diss to put in a performance that draws a line under the Needham disappointment.

Jon Abbott
Jon Abbott

“Needham deserved to beat us but at 1-0 up we had a couple of chances to score again and at 2-0 we probably would have gone on to win the game,” said the boss, whose side’s goals at Bloomfields were scored by James Baughurst and Max Lane.

“Every game is an important one and while Saturday is top against second, it is still early in the season and the result either way is not going to determine anything.

“The Needham loss is one defeat and we have told the lads to not be too despondent. We are going to lose games along the way and it is how we react to that.

“We are not over reacting to losing to Needham, but we do want to bounce back and produce a performance at Downham that will help to put that loss to bed.”

Following the trip to Downham, Abbott’s side will host Great Yarmouth Town in the First Division Knockout Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm) ahead of the following Saturday’s visit of Anglian Combination Premier Division outfit Mattishall in the Norfolk Senior Cup (3pm).

An improved league finish is one of Diss’ major priorities this term, but Abbott is also keen to embark on a cup run or two.

“We will see where we are after Saturday in terms of who plays on Tuesday,” he added.

“There might be a little bit of rotation if certain players are tired or others need minutes, but there is no substitute for winning games and building momentum, whatever competition that is in.

“Those two cups are ones we believe we have a chance of going far in so there will not be rotation for the sake of it.”

Leading goalscorer Ryan Fuller is suspended for the Downham encounter after he was sent off late on against Needham for two bookable offences, but new signing Charlie Hitch – formerly of Harleston Town and Norwich United – will be involved.



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