Seventh-heaven for Diss in derby-day glory
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Debenham LC 0
Diss Town 7
Ross Potter admitted his shock as Diss Town took all the derby-day bragging rights after thumping neighbours Debenham LC, 7-0 on Tuesday.
In a devastating display, the Tangerines found themselves 4-0 ahead in opening 30 minutes before refusing to rest on their laurels with a further three goals after the interval courtesy of Ben Fowkes (4), Jamie George (2) and captain Danny Self.
But, despite being delighted with the manner of victory over their rivals, Potter is remaining wary of getting carried away and inconsistency as he targets a strong end to the season ahead of hosting Halstead Town tomorrow (3pm).
“That was certainly more than I expected,” he said after the final whistle. “I thought it would have been a little tighter, but I don’t think they heeded the early warnings.
“We looked like a really good side throughout tonight and although Debenham weren’t at their best, I think it was mostly about how good we were.
“It was a great night for us, but we have been here earlier in the season, where we followed up a good result with a poor one.
“I’m hoping we will be able to maintain this level going forward for the rest of the season.”
The first goal came after just eight minutes as a stray pass found Fowkes on the halfway line, who raced clear before firing a low shot under the body of Sam Chilvers.
Just eight minutes later, the Tangerines doubled their advantage as a flowing move saw Sam Page release Jamie George into the area, who lashed into the bottom left corner.
Almost immediately the visitors added a third as George turned provider, working his way to the byline before drilling a low cross to Fowkes, who beat his marker to the ball to fire home.
Refusing to rest on their laurels, the visitors continued to pour forward and heaped yet more misery on the shell-shocked hosts before the half-hour mark with George grabbing his second, receiving the ball in space 25-yards out, before being allowed to turn and arrow a strike into the top left corner.
That momentum carried over into the second-half and after Joe Manning was denied by Chilvers early on, Diss added their fifth in the 55th minute.
It came from another well constructed attack as Self beat Chilvers to a through-ball into the area with the ball falling perfectly for the alert Fowkes to slot home into the empty net and complete his hat-trick.
That pressure continued and the visitors added a sixth with George rounding Chilvers in the area before picking out Fowkes to score his fourth at the second attempt.
But the Tangerines were not finished there and completed the scoring after 67 minutes as captain Self picked up possession before firing a strike beyond the reach of Chilvers and into the far right corner to wrap up a memorable victory.
Debenham LC: Chilvers, Brock, Kemp, Griffith, Fenner, Flurrie, Thorrold, Barker, Atkinson, Gathercole, Green.
Diss Town: Izod, Brown, Hipperson, Manning, Downes, Gibbons, Self, Armes, Page, George, Fowkes.
EXPRESS MAN OF THE MATCH: Ben Fowkes.