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'Good opportunity' in the offing for Diss Town to win round the local support

Diss Town manager Jon Abbott believes his side have a ‘good opportunity’ to get the local supporters behind them.

After winning 5-1 at Wisbech St Mary on the opening day and then following that up with a 2-0 home defeat to Debenham LC, the Tangerines will host Haverhill Borough tomorrow (3pm) before welcoming Framlingham Town to Brewers Green Lane on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Diss won just seven of their 18 home fixtures in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North last term, but Abbott is keen for that statistic to improve over the coming months.

Diss Town Football club
Diss Town Football club

“We stressed the need to pick up more points at home before the Debenham game and while that did not work out, the point still stands,” he said.

“We want to see the crowd numbers improve and for the local fans to get behind us, but we have to give them something to hold on to.

“The next two games have given us a really good opportunity to start making that happen.”

When Diss take to the field against Haverhill Borough, 12 days will have passed since the derby defeat to Debenham.

It was a disappointing evening for Abbott and his men, having previously won convincingly at Wisbech.

“We will only find out the relevance of the break and if it has had an impact at 5 o’clock on Saturday,” he added.

“Maybe it would have been nice to have played the following Saturday after the defeat to Debenham but I do not expect it to be a problem.

“We played really well at Wisbech – probably the best we have played since bringing all of the players in over the summer.

“On Tuesday we just were not at it and Debenham fully deserved to win the game.

“We have got a good side together and we are not hiding away from that, but there are also plenty of other good sides in the league.

“It already looks like sides are going to take points off each other this season and there will not be teams running away with it like Swaffham and Harleston did last season. The challenge for us is that we make sure we drop less points than the rest.”

Diss will be boosted for the clash against Haverhill Borough by the return of defender Aarron Taylor, who missed the match with Debenham through injury.

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