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Diss Town boss looking forward to his side playing in front of supporters




Recently-appointed Diss Town manager Michael King has welcomed the news that supporters will be able to attend non-league football matches from tomorrow.

Both of Diss’ pre-season friendlies under King’s guidance so far this summer have been played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 regulations.

However, following an alteration in the government and Football Association guidelines, National League System (NLS) and Women’s Football Pyramid (WFP) sides at Steps 3 to 6 and tiers 3 to 4 respectively will be able to play in front of a crowd that does not exceed 15 per cent of the ground grading’s capacity for that level. And that will be increased to 30 per cent from the following weekend.

Diss, Norfolk, 08/08/2020..Football action from Diss v Gorleston, pictured is the new football manager Michael King...Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY. (40849931)
Diss, Norfolk, 08/08/2020..Football action from Diss v Gorleston, pictured is the new football manager Michael King...Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY. (40849931)

King said: “It is great football is getting back to as close to normal as possible. It is still tough with not being able to use the changing rooms and things like that, but this is a big boost.

“Playing football without supporters has been strange, so it is a real positive to know they will be back this weekend.”

The aforementioned friendly encounters have both ended in defeats for the Tangerines at the hands of Gorleston and Norwich CEYMS.

Nevertheless, while there may be plenty for his newly-assembled squad to work on, King has also seen reasons to be upbeat.

“The results say we’ve had two defeats but at this stage we are not overly concerned by that,” he added.

“There have been positives to take in both of the games and we need to carry those forward.

“There have also been moments when we have looked what we are – a new team recently put together.

“I am sure we will get there because it’s a good squad, it will just take a little bit of time.”

Diss will continue their pre-season programme tomorrow with a trip to lower-league Long Stratton (2.30pm), followed by the visit of Walsham-le-Willows on Tuesday (7.45pm).



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