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Single goal enough for Diss Town to beat Needham Market Reserves in Thurlow Nunn League First Division North

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After back-to-back draws with Debenham LC and King’s Lynn Town Reserves, Diss Town got back to winning ways on Saturday with a single-goal victory over Needham Market Reserves at Brewers Green Lane.

It was recent signing Bradley Hunt that made the difference on his home debut, scoring the game’s only goal just before the half-time whistle.

Visiting Needham made all of the early running as their wingers Jose Santo De La Paz and Jamahl Godward caused plenty of problems.

Football action from Diss Town v AFC Sudbury Reserves - Kieran Hagan (D) ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (8076975)
Football action from Diss Town v AFC Sudbury Reserves - Kieran Hagan (D) ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (8076975)

The visitors’ best chance went the way of Evan Collard after Ethan Abrahams had set him up, but his shot flew over the crossbar.

By this point Diss had barely laid a glove on their opponents but that changed late in the first half when Kieran Hagan went on a trademark dribble before picking Hunt to slot beyond Needham goalkeeper Finlay Shorten.

The Tangerines managed to keep Needham at bay for much of the second half, with the only work of note for home goalkeeper Kingsley Barnes to do coming eight minutes from time when he dived to his right to keep the ball out.

Diss, who are 13th in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North, will take their three-match unbeaten run to third-placed Swaffham Town tomorrow (3pm).

l Diss Town Hawks Under-15s bowed out of the Kappa Cup at the semi-final stage following their 2-0 loss to Norwich United on Sunday.

Hawks were the better of the two teams in the first half but Jack Glen put an effort over the bar, Ben Clements headed over from a corner and Emile Tighe’s long range effort was kept out.

Norwich posed more of an attacking threat in the second half and went on to break the deadlock in the 57th minute.

And with Diss pushing for an equaliser in the closing stages, Norwich extended their lead with a second goal.

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