Potter left baffled by topsy-turvy draw with Robins
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION
Diss Town 3
Ely City 3
Diss Town manager Ross Potter conceded he was left baffled after the Tangerines rescued a point in a topsy-turvy encounter with Ely City.
Having led twice through Jamie George and Kyle Downes after 70 minutes, following Sam Goodge’s leveller, the match suddenly exploded into life in a frantic final 15 minutes which included three goals.
With just minutes remaining, the Robins got themselves level for a second time through substitute Matthew Simpson before James Seymour rose highest to head home in added time and seemingly snatch victory for the visitors.
However, the drama was not over as, with seconds remaining, Sam Page rose to bury a close range header past Harry Reynolds and rescue a share of the spoils for the home side.
“I don’t know whether I’m pleased or disappointed,” conceded Potter, whose side travel to table-topping Wivenhoe Town tomorrow (3pm).
“Having being ahead twice I though we would see it out but obviously the game opened up at the end and we managed to get out of jail.
“It was a game I felt we needed to win so I’m disappointed we didn’t get all three points
“That 90 minutes summed up our season as a whole. In the majority of matches I’ve felt we’ve been the better side but individual errors have lost us points. We showed some character to get at the end so that was pleasing and stops us being so deflated in our next match at Wivenhoe.
“It will be an interesting one on Saturday because when I took the job people were saying they were pretty average in the Premier Division but this year they’ve hit a winning streak and got that confidence.
“However, I go into that game confident that we will be able to over there and give a good account of ourselves, we’ve certainly got the players capable of that.”
Having weathered an early storm, Diss found themselves in the ascendency with Jason Armes firing a dipping strike narrowly wide of the right upright before the endeavours were rewarded in the 25th minutes with the opening goal.
George raced onto a long punt forward, managed to beat Reynolds to the bouncing ball in the area before simply firing high into the empty net to give the Tangerines the lead at the interval.
The Tangerines were unable to sustain the forward momentum of the first half, and they were duly punished in the 63rd minute when the Diss defence were caught static as Goodge raced on to an precise clipped ball forward before finishing coolly past Matt Powley.
However, they were not ahead long as the home side increased their urgency following the setback and regained the lead just seven minutes later.
Winning possession in the middle, Armes released captain Downes who collected the ball on the edge of the area before striking a early taken, left-footed strike past the on-rushing Reynolds and into the bottom left corner to put side back ahead.
But with the hosts looking comfortable and on track for a first victory in five in all competitions, the match suddenly turned as the Robins punished Diss’ inability to see out the game.
A fine flowing move saw Goodge head the ball into the path of the unmarked Simpson inside the area, who made no mistake sweeping the ball neatly past Powley and into the bottom corner.
With the game seemingly drifting to a 2-2 draw, Ely took the lead for the first time in the match in the 93rd minute.
A free kick from the left was lofted into the penalty area for Seymour to rise high and powerfully head home sparking wild celebrations among the Robins’ bench.
However, there was just enough time for one final twist as Page got the better of his marker inside the Ely area to direct his header beyond the helpless Reynolds and rescue a point for Diss.
The point leaves Diss in seventh position in the First Division table, 10 points behind the Robins and a further 11 adrift of tomorrow’s opponents Wivenhoe Town.
Diss: Powley, Barrett, Self, Appleton, Wenham (Gibbons 75), Manning, Armes, Page, Downes, George, Olpin
Unused substitutes: Burroughs, Holmes