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Only a win will do as Diss aim to close the gap on rivals

STARK WARNING: Diss manager Mark Reeve has told his squad only a victory will suffice against relegation
STARK WARNING: Diss manager Mark Reeve has told his squad only a victory will suffice against relegation

Diss Town manager Mark Reeve has warned only a win will do against Wivenhoe Town as they aim to close the gap on their relegation rivals.

Ahead of welcoming Wivenhoe to Brewers Green Lane tomorrow (3pm), the Tangerines currently sit bottom of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, nine points adrift their next opponents and safety.

And with the opportunity to cut the deficit to just six points with victory, the magnitude of the encounter has not been lost on the Diss boss as goes in search of a maximum points haul following four consecutive draws.

“We can only afford to get a victory at Wivenhoe and if we do that will really close the gap on them,” he said. “The next match against Wivenhoe is paramount and the recent strong draws will mean absolutely nothing if we don’t get a result.

“Closing the gap gives us something to focus on and really push on and follow up for in the following weeks.

“Getting those draws has been promising and have helped to close the gap, but we need to get victories to really make big jumps.”

The Tangerines go into the encounter having been denied what would have been only their third league victory of the entire season, at high-flying Newmarket Town after an 84th minute Adam Dalby free-kick saw the Jockeys snatch a point.

But after seeing his side dominate the majority of the match despite being down to 10 men for 70 minutes following Stefan Gilding’s dismissal, Reeve has been encouraged by the evident transformation in his side who remain unbeaten in five matches.

“It shows how far we’ve come as a club that we are disappointed to come away from Newmarket with a draw,” he added. “The character shown to battle for 70 minutes with a man down was pleasing and it is an amazing transformation that we have come away from third in the league with a draw feeling like a loss.

“It was disappointing but it is another game unbeaten and gives us plenty to build on.

“We need wins, but every point we get, hopefully combined with results going our way, will see us get one point closer to safety.

“The team looks completely different to the one a few months ago.

“They look more confident and have that belief in themselves and those around them now.”

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