A point in the face of adversity at Newmarket Town was not enough to prevent Diss Town returning to the basement spot of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday.
Mark Reeve’s side were only denied all three points after being reduced to 10m men, following Stefan Gilding’s second yellow card before the half-hour mark, due to the Jockeys’ captain Adam Dalby’s 84th minute leveller.
The Tangerines had opened the scoring, despite their numerical disadvantage, right on the stroke of half-time when Kyle Downes beat the home goalkeeper.
With the point being the club’s fourth in their last four matches, frustrated manager Reeve tweeted after the match: ‘Disappointed with only a point but that’s progress’.
Debenham LC were well beaten at home in a First Division top-three clash with leaders Long Melford, going down 5-1 to the leaders with Ben Golding’s consolation of scant comfort to the majority of the crowd of 63.
In the Anglian Combination League, Harleston Town romped to a 6-0 home win over struggling Sheringham in the Premier Division, while Scole United’s game at leaders Hempnall in Division One was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
In the SkyBet Championship Ipswich Town moved back into the top two automatic promotion places after a 3-1 victory at struggling Millwall.
Noel Hunt, who recently completed a permanent free transfer after agreeing to settle up the remainder of his contract at Leeds United, was the Suffolk side’s hero with two goals in the opening 14 minutes.
Magaye Gueye pulled a goal back for the Lions three minutes before the break, but the result was effectively sealed in the 77th minute, when substitute Jonathan Parr latched on to a clever pass from debutant Freddy Sears to roll past David Forde, to the delight of 2,5000 travelling fans.
If leaders Bournemouth were to slip up at Leeds United on Tuesday, Mick McCarthy’s side took take advantage to go top with victory at 19th placed Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday (7.45pm), with The Seagulls having only won twice at The AMEX Stadium all season.
Norwich City manager Alex Neil got all three points in his first game in charge at Carrow Road, as the Canaries held on to win 3-2 at home to Cardiff City, having led 3-0 at the break after goals from Gary Hooper, Kyle Lafferty and Cameron Jerome, the latter against his former employers.
John Ruddy had saved a penalty from Peter Whittingham at 2-0, while Cardiff came back into the game in a tense second half, with Alex Revell and Kadeem Harris setting up a nervy last 26 minutes.
In the rugby, Diss’ scheduled game at home to Old Cooperians has been moved to Saturday, after a water-logged pitch at Mackenders forced the game to be postponed at the weekend.
Roger Coombs’ side slipped to third in London Two North East with four games going ahead, including leaders’ Chelmsford’s 54-20 win at Norwich.
* For a full round-up of local sport, including match action and reaction, as well as previews to the week ahead, including our Ipswich Town and Norwich City columns, see Friday’s Diss Express print edition.