Diss Town registered their first win in three games against Swaffham Town after three red cards at Brewers Green Lane
Diss Town got their first win in three matches with a 3-2 victory over Swaffham Town, in an action packed game under the lights at Brewers Green Lane.
Goals from Luke Middleton, Danny Hogston and James Sillet won it for the home side, but three red cards in the second-half will dominate the talking points in the changing rooms after the match.
The Tangerines headed into this match looking to find their winning form they had at the start of the season, after their agonising 4-3 away defeat to Cornard United on Saturday.
New singing James Wilson – who was only announced on the day of the game – came straight in from the off as Luke Middleton and Fin Yates returned to the starting line-up.
Swaffham looked to break the deadlock within the opening two minutes as Gino Livoti threaded the ball through to Matt Hayden on the right-corner of the penalty area. His right-footed shot went wide of the far post.
It was only six minutes in that Diss took the lead. A sweeping counter-attack saw skipper Kyle Baker move the ball to Danny Hogsten on the left and his cross was guided home with a beautiful header by Luke Middleton.
Middleton looked to turn provider as the home side pushed for a quick double. On the turn, his defence splitting pass played Wilson through, but his dream of a debut goal was thwarted by an on-rushing Joe Rider in the Swaffham goal.
Wilson was loving life in his first appearance at Brewers Green Lane as – after great pace and trickery to get to the by-line – he flashed a low cross across the face of goal, which Baker eventually ballooned over the bar.
The home side had the better of the opening quarter of an hour as they constantly looked to get Middleton and Baker through with low, defence splitting passes.
For a moment, it looked like Swaffham had levelled proceedings when Dylan Edge tapped home a teasing cross at the back-post, but the linesman raised his flag to the sarcastic cheers of the home crowd.
Diss continued to find joy in slipping the goal-scorer Middleton in behind and he should have given the Tangerines lead. He was played through one on one and unleashed a chip over the goalkeeper, but it bounced just too high and agonisingly onto the roof of the net.
The away side always looked a threat on the counter and they showed a warning sign when Dylan Edge’s right-footed effort was blocked terrifically by Brad Yates.
Minutes later, another last ditch tackle – this time from Myron Abodunde – denied Kieran Bruce from close range. Swaffham were smelling blood on the turnover.
Debutant Wilson, who shined all night, registered his first assist in an orange shirt as he set up the home side’s second goal. Having clipped the ball over the goalkeeper, he crossed it to Hogston who couldn’t miss with a stooping header.
The Tangerines were showing no signs of a side that hadn’t won in three games and cruised into half-time 2-0 to the good. Matt Hayden became increasingly frustrated up front for Swaffham and he fired a wild effort from long range before the break – which summed up the away side’s first-half.
The second 45 took more time to get going than the first, with both teams conceding free-kicks and rushing their attacks in the final third.
In a similar position to his blazing effort in the first-half, Hayden unleashed a strike with more venom and accuracy which was tipped over superbly by Ben Self.
It was then Hayden who scored the goal from the resulting corner when he stabbed the ball home following a melee in the penalty area.
Then, all hell broke loose.
A late challenge on Middleton sparked a riot on the pitch which led to players being shoved and bustles appearing left, right and centre.
Brewers Green Lane was a boxing ring for 60 seconds.
After a few minutes of deliberation, the referee brandished two red cards for Swaffham (Hayden and Edge) and one for the home side (Kehan Whitby).
With the rain lashing down, acres of space appeared as both sides were conscious of not getting too many men forward in fear of an opposition counter-attack.
Callum Madigan threatened for the away side with a low strike from the edge of the area. Self did well to keep hold of the ball as it bounced awkwardly in-front of him.
Diss killed off any hopes of a Swaffham comeback after Hogston’s deep, teasing free-kick found Sillet at the back-post and bundled the ball home to wrap up the three points.
Callum Madigan managed to latch onto a teasing delivery at the back-post to cause some last minute nerves, bit it turned out to be a consolation as the Tangerines came away with a crucial three points to leapfrog the away side in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North.
A crazy game in which Good will take many positives from and look forward to a trip to Wivenhoe Town on Saturday (3pm).