Dramatic late strike earns Diss a share of the spoils

KEEP BALL: Diss' Danny Self battles for possession during the 2-2 draw with Mildenhall Town
KEEP BALL: Diss' Danny Self battles for possession during the 2-2 draw with Mildenhall Town

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
PREMIER DIVISION

Mildenhall Town 2

Diss Town 2

Diss Town scored a dramatic late equaliser to complete a fight back from 2-0 down and snatch a share of the spoils away at Mildenhall Town on Saturday.

The Tangerines found the opening periods of the match an uphill struggle as the home side took a grip of proceedings with the direct running of Kelvin Enaro down the left flank, causing the Diss defenders trouble.

Visiting custodian Matthew Powley was the busier keeper, but for all the home side’s pressure, most of the saves he had to make were fairly routine.

That pressure continued throughout the half and having switched the lively Enaro over to the right flank, it was a move from the right-hand side that eventually saw the home side break the deadlock in the 44th minute.

Enaro delivered a cross from the right which found James McCabe, who had plenty of time to measure his shot and fire a low strike past Powley.

The visitors started the second half in a confident mood and appeared to be finding a foot hold in the match before falling further behind in the 59th minute.

Against the run of play, Richard Logan stooped low to power a header past the helpless Powley from close range.

Diss refused to let their heads drop and found a route back into the match in the 67th minute when Kyle Downes produced a goal out of nothing.

After receiving the ball Downes let fly with a thunderous strike from 25 yards which caught Mildenhall custodian Josh Pope by surprise, looping over his head and into the net.

Downes almost levelled just a minute later but after holding off a defender, he could only fire his shot straight at Pope, who held onto the ball at the second attempt.

With momentum behind them Diss introduced striker Chris Holmes into proceedings in the 82nd minute and pushed centre-half Stefan Gilding up into attack as they went in search of an equaliser in the closing stages.

And they were rewarded for their endeavours in the 88th minute when captain Jacob Brown’s flicked header fell into the path of Gilding who hit an unstoppable shot on the turn from the edge of the area beyond the reach of Pope and into the net to snatch a point.

The result leaves the Tangerines second from bottom in the table 10 points adrift of safety.