NORFOLK SENIOR CUP QUARTER-FINAL Diss Town 4
King’s Lynn Town 1
Mark Reeve is aiming to lead Diss Town to the Norfolk Senior Cup final after they moved to within one game of the showpiece occasion.
In an encounter between two much-changed sides, Tangerines captain Jacob Brown proved the pivotal difference as he inspired his side with a masterful performance, capped with two goals, which were added to Matt Dixon and a Chris Ward own goal, after Jack Frohawk had levelled for the visitors, to overcome the Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit.
And despite conceding his Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division strugglers will still need a kind draw in the semi-finals, Reeve has not given up hope of walking out at Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium after hailing his players’ performance.
“We are now one game from Carrow Road, in a semi-final anything can happen,” he said.
“We will need the draw for the semi-finals to be kind but it is a one off game.
“Being one step away from Carrow Road is fantastic and to get there would be a massive achievement this season.
“Some of the players really put in an outstanding performance.
“Some who I haven’t seen play much, they were really impressive.
“Momentum is going to be key for us and it is important for these players to enjoy a win, no matter what competition it is in.”
It was the higher-league Linnets who started the brighter and created the first opening as Matt Powley thwarted Frohawk with a smart low save in the 16th minute.
The home side finally grew into the game with Sam Newton firing narrowly wide before Dixon spurned the clearest chance of the half firing into the legs of the on-rushing Luke Pearson after being released by Brown.
That momentum continued after the break and Diss broke the deadlock three minutes after the restart as Brown was on hand to prod home from close range after Jake McDowall saw his effort blocked.
Ben Lewis came agonisingly close to doubling the advantage in the 63rd minute as his shot on the turn from inside the area came crashing back off the left upright.
And he was made to rue his miss eight minutes later when Frohawk reacted quickest to Luke Biles’ blocked effort to slam home an equaliser.
However they were not level long as Brown struck again from close range in the 78th minute after seeing his initial header from Danny Self’s free kick come back off the cross bar.
A third followed just three minutes later as Brown beat his man on the right before finding Dixon who brilliantly flicked the ball over Thomas McLeish before sliding the ball past Pearson.
And if the victory was still in any doubt, further salt was rubbed into King’s Lynn wounds with six minutes remaining as Chris Holmes’ low cross from the left was inadvertently put into his own net by Ward to seal Diss’ progression into the final four of the competition.