Last wins it for Diss
Diss Town got back to winning ways after the mid-week loss to Mulbarton Wanderers with a tight 3-2 victory at home to King’s Lynn Town Reserves at Brewers Green Lane on Saturday.
With no-one taking maximum points from their early games, Town boss Jason Cook was keen that his side take the opportunity to get among the leading pack with a win, and his players duly delivered.
Cook reshuffled his defence with the returning Hayden Pain taking the place of captain Gavin Flurrie, who dropped to the bench, and Harry Moore replacing Franco Mallardo in midfield.
As with the previous home game against Leiston’s second string, Diss started slowly and were very much on the back foot during the early exchanges.
The Tangerines seemed nervous on the ball, there were too many misplaced passes and it was not long before the visitors took the lead in the 16th minute when a swift attack down the Diss left saw the ball break to Alex Clunan, who duly converted the chance.
It was no more than King’s Lynn deserved as the hosts struggled to cope with their pace and crisp passing.
Indeed, King’s Lynn should have doubled their lead in the 22nd minute when they had two players one-on-one with Jake Hayhoe, but the Diss goalkeeper stood his ground and kept the deficit to a single goal.
However, as the half progressed Diss came more into the game.
Virgillio Leitao pulled a smart save from King’s Lynn goalkeeper Charlie Congreve before Charlie Lambe, with his second home goal in two games, pulled Diss level in the 39th minute when he seized on a loose ball in the six yard box.
It was the home side that finished the half strongest with both Ryan Beeston and Steve Holder going close before the whistle was blown for the break.
Diss had an early scare in the second half when Hayhoe once again saved from a one-on-one but the visitors were given a golden chance to take the lead in the 62nd minute when a clumsy challenge from Hayden Pain had the referee pointing straight to the spot.
The penalty, however, was reachable and Hayhoe guessed correctly to keep his team in the match.
Thereafter the Tangerines stepped up a gear and took control of the game.
In the 70th minute a surging run from Stephen Vincent down the Diss right saw the ball being fed to Holder, who created space for himself before unleashing a left-footed shot into the back of the net.
More chances for Diss followed but against the run of play Keiron Ship got his head on a corner in the 82nd minute to pull the visitors level.
It seemed Town were going to sacrifice two home points but not for the first time this season Sam Last came off the bench to score.
A cross from the right broke to Last, who made no mistake with a shot from close range.
That was the end of the scoring as Diss held on for a tight, if deserved win.
It is a result that has left Diss fourth in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North standings, just one point behind early pacesetters Mulbarton.
Tomorrow they will go in search of a third win of the season away at Fakenham Town (3pm), who were relegated from the Premier Division last term.