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Diss Town boss praises recent arrival ahead of visit from Wisbech St Mary

Manager Jon Abbott has been pleased with the impact that Ryan Swift has made since joining Diss Town last month.

Last season the forward was UEA’s leading marksman with 21 goals during their Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Division One title win.

Abbott tried to sign him on the back of that campaign during the summer, but he instead opted to join fellow Thurlow Nunn League First Division North side Ipswich Wanderers.

Jon Abbott
Jon Abbott

However, with Swift struggling for regular game time at Humber Doucy Lane and Diss striker Owen Betts suffering an injury Abbott reignited his interest, and this time got his man.

Swift scored twice during last weekend’s 3-0 win at Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves, taking his goal tally to five in seven appearances for the Tangerines.

“We wanted him in the summer but he had moved to Ipswich and signing for Wanderers made sense for him,” said Abbott.

“But once we knew Betts was going to be injured for a while we went after him again and he has really hit the ground running.

“We have four very good forwards now and they all offer something a bit different.

“Ryan can play as part of a front two, he can play wide in a three or in the hole – he gives us plenty of options.

“He has been a real handful for defences so far and hopefully that will continue.”

Next up for Swift and his team-mates is a home clash against bottom-of-the-table Wisbech St Mary tomorrow (3pm).

The Cambridgeshire side have won just once all season and were beaten 5-1 by Diss on the opening day.

However, with some new signings on board, Abbott has insisted that his side cannot afford to take their visitors lightly.

“They are certainly not going to be the same side we played on the opening day of the season,” he added.

“They drew with Lakenheath recently and the scorelines show they are staying in games now – soon they will turn one of them into a win.

“They have also signed Corey Kingston recently and he scored twice against us in the FA Vase for Huntingdon. Ryan Harnwell is also there and he got four against Diss last season.

“You could say theyare in a little bit of a false position and so we cannot afford to take them lightly. We are going to have to be right at it to get a result.”

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