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Diss Town boss Michael King looking to push up towards the top of the table with new-look side

Manager Michael King is hoping to see his Diss Town side ‘pushing towards the top end’ of the new-look Thurlow Nunn League First Division North this season.

In what is a 16-team league, Mulbarton Wanderers, Fakenham Town, Lakenheath and March Town United have all been promoted up to the Premier Division, while Ipswich Wanderers are now in the First Division South.

And with the introduction of a play-off this term, King believes things have really opened up.

Michael King is hoping his new additions will help Diss improve with and without the ball Picture: Mark Bullimore
Michael King is hoping his new additions will help Diss improve with and without the ball Picture: Mark Bullimore

He said: “It’s a different league to normal with a few new teams. The five – probably the top five – have gone and nobody knows too much about the ones that have come into it.

“There’s a bit of uncertainty and it’s a step into the unknown in a lot of ways, but I think the new formant – especially the play-offs – will make a lot of teams feel they’ve got a chance.

“Like everyone, we want to be pushing towards the top end of the table.”

It has been a busy summer of arrivals at Brewers Green Lane, with King bringing in 10 new signings, including the eye-catching addition of striker Ryan Gibbs.

It had always been King’s intention to be highly active during the off-season, and he is confident it will allow the team to be better in and out of possession.

“We were keen to bring in players to make a team in our image as a management team and we feel we’ve done that,” added King.

“I’m a big believer in that to win games of football, you have control of the ball in possession, but also out of possession.

“Sometimes it’s more important what you do without the ball rather than with it.

“Last year I felt we were very effective as a counter-attacking team, but we did not have a lot else to us.

“Hopefully we’ll also be far better with the ball as well with the additions we’ve made. Counter-attacking is still important – it’s a big part of football – we needed a bit more.

“I feel like we’ve got the players now to be more effective on and off the ball.”

The Tangerines begin their seventh straight campaign at Step 6 tomorrow with a trip to one of the division’s new boys – Parson Drove, who are based just outside of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire (3pm).

A good start – according to King – could well be imperative to how Diss’ season unfolds.

“A good start is very important because it allows you to build up momentum early,” said the boss.

“One a team builds up momentum, especially at the level we play at, a team is hard to stop.

“We feel like our pre-season has been good and hopefully we can transfer that into the season – that’s the aim.”

l Elsewhere, Debenham LC open up against Huntingdon Town (3pm), while Framlingham Town and Harleston do not get under way until August 7.

Meanwhile, Walsham-le-Willows host one of the title favourites Wroxham in the Premier Division tomorrow (3pm).

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