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Diss Town looking to generate some momentum during the second half of the campaign

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Joint manager Mark Sutcliffe is hoping a positive second half of the season could see Diss Town enter the play-off reckoning.

The ninth-placed Tangerines, who have not played since losing 1-0 at UEA on December 11, are six points adrift of the top five with 12 matches remaining.

Sutcliffe is under no illusions that it will be a tall order, but if they can get things going with a positive result at Great Yarmouth Town tomorrow (3pm), he feels a positive run is not beyond the players.

Owen French is set to return to the Diss Town squad after injury. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Owen French is set to return to the Diss Town squad after injury. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“It’s been a bit stop-start since we came in because of Covid and other call-offs, so we’re excited to get going again this weekend,” he said.

“The play-offs and challenging to go up is always this club’s target and it remains that way now.

“Maybe you have to be realistic when you look at the gap there is to make up, but at the same time we’re capable of going on a good run and if we do that then we can get there or thereabouts.

“All the teams above us have to play each other, so there will be plenty of points dropped as well.”

A big boost for Sutcliffe and his fellow boss Matt Coote is that this weekend’s trip to the coast is likely to see them have a fully fit squad to select from for the first time since they took charge of the club in early September. Influential defender Owen French is set to return after injury, as is attacker Tom Baird.

“Tom is now ready after injury and with him, James Bemrose and Lagshan Sivakumar up front, we feel there is a real threat in attack,” he added.

“Owen has had some trouble with his Achilles but it’s massive to know he’s back for us as well because we’ve missed his presence.

“If we can keep this group together and maybe add one or two then we will be in a very good position.

“We had chatted to a couple of players recently about coming over. They would have added some good experience but it doesn’t look like happening.

“But we are also happy with the players we have – hopefully we can get some momentum going.”

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