THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Diss Town 1
Great Yarmouth Town 0
Diss Town sent their biggest crowd of the season home happy with an excellent 1-0 win over Great Yarmouth Town on Monday afternoon.
The Tangerines finished 2015 with only their third clean sheet of the season so far, and ended a disappointing run of three points from five league games to climb to 14th in the table.
Some early untidy challenges dominated the opening stages of the contest, before Yarmouth defender Jordan Forbes made a great tackle to deny Jamie George a shot at goal in the 17th minute.
Diss found a breakthrough six minutes later following a well-worked move which culminated with Jason Armes finding the target.
Danny Self passed the ball forward to Armes, who played a one-two with George before firing home from 14 yards out.
Yarmouth responded in the 34th minute when Connor Deeks rode two challenges and sent a shot into the arms of Tangerines goalkeeper Will Izod from 25 yards out.
Just before half-time, Diss felt that Deeks should have been sent off after bringing down George on the edge of the D, with the free-kick from Self fumbled by Jack Whatmaugh in the Yarmouth goal.
At the other end, Izod made the save of the game on 66 minutes to keep out a Deeks free-kick, which seemed to be heading into the top right corner before his intervention.
Yarmouth enjoyed more of the attacking play in the last quarter of the game, but Diss looked dangerous on the break with Callum Olpin forcing Whatmaugh into a save in the 75th minute.
With seven minutes left the Tangerines had a great chance to ease some of the tension around Brewers Green Lane, after a penalty was awarded when Self was brought down.
However, Self’s spot kick cleared the bar and the stand, and moments later Izod was called into action to keep out another Deeks free-kick to preserve the home side’s slender lead.
Diss Town: Izod, Gibbons, Barrett, Greenslade, Gilding, Appleton, Armes (Brown 71), Self, Manning, George, Olpin. Subs not used: Wenham, Powley, Norman.
Referee: Paul Stearman. Attendance 189.