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Diss Town's new joint managers 'very happy' with first game in charge

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‘Very happy’ – that was joint manager Mark Sutcliffe’s verdict of his first game in charge of Diss Town.

Along with recently-appointed fellow boss Matt Coote, last weekend Sutcliffe took the Tangerines to face Huntingdon Town – a side that were not only the one remaining Thurlow Nunn League First Division North team to have not tasted defeat this term, but were yet to concede a goal.

A victory in the duo’s debut in the Diss dugout proved elusive, but they still returned from Cambridgeshire with a credible 2-2 draw to show for their efforts thanks to goals from Ryan Gibbs and Harry Atkins.

“We were very happy with the point and I thought it was an excellent performance from the lads,” said Sutcliffe.

“We knew what we were walking into at Huntingdon, and how strong of a team they are.

“We asked the players to go above and beyond in order to get a positive result and they did that. Right from the warm-up, through to putting bodies on the line and taking their chances.

“It showed in training before the game the quality of individuals we had and that continued on the pitch.

“It’s a very good start and it gives us something to build on.”

Diss are likely to face an even sterner test tomorrow when they travel to higher-league Newmarket Town in the second round qualifying of the Buildbase FA Vase (3pm).

The Jockeys have lost their last three matches, but still sit fourth in the Premier Division after an impressive opening few weeks.

But while Sutcliffe accepts his team are underdogs, he is looking for them to give another good account of themselves.

“There’s no pressure on us – all of the pressure and expectation is going to be on them,” he added.

“We’ll be looking at the performance first of all and we certainly don’t want to go there and get hammered.

“They’re a good team, but you never know. If we go there and play well we might nick something.”

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