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Diss Town plotting path to Carrow Road final one game at a time

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Jon Abbott says Diss Town will need a little bit of luck to go all the way to a Carrow Road final in the Norfolk Senior Cup, but is hoping his side can move another step closer next week.

The Tangerines host lower-league Mundford in the third round of the county’s most prestigious cup competition on Tuesday night (7.45pm), with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Diss edged past Mattishall 1-0 in the second round last month, and a win over another Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division side next week would put Abbott’s men two victories away from a showpiece final at the home of Norwich City.

Football action from Diss Town v Lakenheath..Diss manager Jon Abbott..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (22687858)
Football action from Diss Town v Lakenheath..Diss manager Jon Abbott..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (22687858)

“It’s a game that we’re looking forward to,” Diss manager Abbott said. “We go into every game wanting to win, and at the moment it’s going well, we’re on a good run of form.

“Another win would keep that momentum going. Every competition we enter we want to do well in and the Senior Cup is no different.

“It’s the old cliché one game at a time. We’re not looking at any quarter-final, semi-final or a Carrow Road final. We’re only looking at Mundford on Tuesday.

“For sides in the Thurlow one, like us, it’s a good chance to do well in the Senior Cup, but you do need a little bit of luck with the draw.

“You’ve got teams like Dereham, Norwich United, Wroxham, and more recently King’s Lynn, in there. But if you can avoid them then it gives you more of a chance to get through to a quarter-final or a semi-final. It’s the same with any cup, you need a bit of luck with the draw.”

The Tangerines will be without three players on Tuesday through suspensions, including striker Charlie Webb, who scored four of Diss’ goals in last Saturday’s 5-0 win against King’s Lynn Town Reserves, in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North.

Webb misses the next two games, while Alex McIntosh and David Shade, serve one-game suspensions.

Abbott was hopeful Owen Betts could be fit in time for Tuesday.

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