THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Diss Town 2
Stowmarket Town 1
Ben Fowkes scored less than 30 seconds into his debut as Diss Town got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over local rivals Stowmarket Town.
The two teams were facing off for the fourth time this season, and it certainly had the feel of a derby in the early stages with both sides trading a number of fouls.
It took until midway through the first-half for one side to stamp their authority on the contest, as Diss created several chances to break the deadlock.
Jack Hood rushed into the Stow box from defence and saw his shot go straight into the hands of visiting goalkeeper Dan Joyce on 17 minutes, before Joe Manning unleashed a shot from the edge of the box which went wide three minutes later.
Will Seccombe made a vital interception to clear a dangerous ball across the Stowmarket goal in the 22nd minute, but he came unstuck when Jamie George burst into the left side of the box. But again a last-ditch clearance from the Stow defence kept the match goalless.
As the first-half entered added time, Diss found a breakthrough. Dean Pleasance’s clearance was blocked by Daniel Self, who raced towards goal unopposed and finished past Joyce to make it 1-0.
The visitors protested that the Diss captain had blocked the ball with his hand, but the referee turned down their appeals and the hosts went into the break in front.
In the second-half, neither side was able to create any clear chances at goal, and Stow sensed they could get something out of the game and brought on strikers Remell Davis and Ryan Rampley.
However, it was a substitute for the hosts which changed the game. Fowkes came on in the 78th minute and less than 30 seconds later was celebrating putting Diss 2-0 in front.
The Lowestoft Town teenager, who joined the Tangerines on a dual-registration deal, was running through on goal when he took his first touch and beat Joyce to double his side’s lead.
Davis marked his first appearance in four months for the visitors with a goal in the 88th minute, but it was Diss who took the bragging rights in the last derby of the season.
Diss Town Izod, Hood, Barrett, Manning, Gilding, Gibbons, Self (c) (Olpin 80), Armes, Downes (Norman 86), George (Fowkes 78), Page. Sub not used: Powley.
Referee Harry Scott. Attendance 117.