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Diss Town begin pre-season with a victory over Swaffham Town

James Bemrose secured Diss Town a 2-1 home victory over a young Swaffham Town side during Saturday's pre-season friendly, writes Shaun Button.

Diss only had to wait 120 seconds for Bemrose to have a free kick at the Swaffham goal from the edge of the area, but his effort was just inches wide of the far post.

Swaffham struggled to contain the wave of attacks from Diss down the flanks, where one attack resulted in a fine cross from Owen Woodhouse into the Swaffham area for Bemrose to coolly head home.

James Bemrose fires goalwards against Swaffham on Saturday. Picture: Phil Morley
James Bemrose fires goalwards against Swaffham on Saturday. Picture: Phil Morley

Quarter of the first half had passed and Swaffham started to settle and to adjust to Diss’ attacks from the flanks. The visitors had a corner kick in the 15th minute which was poorly cleared by the Diss defence, resulting in a fine save from James Bergin point blank range.

Bergin was forced into a couple more saves shortly after, while Bemrose continued to cause the Swaffham defence problems with a shot from 20 yards out that forced a save at full stretch.

And on the stroke of half-time Bemrose duly doubled his side's lead when pounced on a goalkeeping error to make it 2-0.

After the break Swaffham started to grow into the game, and had half chances, but nothing that troubled the Diss 'keeper too much.

But they finally got something from the game in 85th minute with a free header that found its way into the net.

And they almost snatched an equaliser late on with an effort that was cleared off the line by the home defence.

Diss followed that win up on Tuesday with a 5-1 defeat at higher-league Walsham-le-Willows.

* For reaction to that game, plus news of some new signings, see this week's Express print edition.

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