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Diss Town show 'good character' to beat Thurlow Nunn League First Division North title-chasers Mulbarton Wanderers

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Diss Town boss Jon Abbott said his players showed ‘good character’ in last weekend’s 3-1 win against title-chasers Mulbarton Wanderers, writes Alex Moss.

GOING AHEAD: Ashley Baxter puts Diss Town 2-1 up in Saturday’s game against Thurlow Nunn League First Division North title hopefuls Mulbarton
GOING AHEAD: Ashley Baxter puts Diss Town 2-1 up in Saturday’s game against Thurlow Nunn League First Division North title hopefuls Mulbarton

The Tangerines bounced back from the 2-1 reverse at Thurlow Nunn League First Division North basement dwellers Needham Market Reserves at the first time of asking, as goals from Connor Kerry, Ashley Baxter and Josh Lucraft completed a come-from-behind win at Brewers Green Lane.

A victory over the side placed second in the table was the perfect response by Abbott’s men, ahead of a trip to eighth-placed Downham Town tomorrow (3pm).

“I was delighted with Saturday,” Abbott said. “It was definitely the best result since I’ve been the manager.

“The thing that I was proud of the most was how we played, it was our best performance as well. Especially as we fell behind to an early goal and then came back. It was a great result and one that was needed after the disappointing performance the previous week.

“The Needham result was obviously disappointing, but they thoroughly deserved it. To be honest, we weren’t good enough, we weren’t at the races that day.

“We spoke a lot in the build-up to the Mulbarton game about character.

“We wanted to pick up a positive result and bounce back. But it was not just about the result, it was the performance as well. We showed good character and that we had something about us.”

After tasting his first league defeat since taking over at the Tangerines, Abbott’s side took on Thurlow Nunn League new boys Mulbarton, who went into the day just one point behind leaders Harleston Town.

Ben Thompson’s sixth-minute opener gave the visitors the perfect start, but Diss responded five minutes later when Kieran Hagan and Lucraft combined to set up Kerry for a diving header.

The Tangerines then took the lead on 58 minutes, with Baxter finishing after some pinball in the Mulbarton box.

And 10 minutes later Charlie Webb’s precise cross found Lucraft to slot home to make it 3-1, completing a comeback win for Diss on their own turf.

“We’re always looking up,” said Abbott, whose side sit 14th in the First Division North table with 12 games of the season left to go.

“We want to drag some of those teams in and around us closer to us. We’re definitely looking up, and not down.”

The Tangerines will be boosted by the return of King’s Lynn Town loanee Harry Whayman this weekend. The youngster has missed the last two games with a perforated eardrum.

Paul Betson, the third highest appearance-maker for Diss this season, is away.

l Diss Town Under-18s returned to action last week after the winter break, with an early goal handing Great Yarmouth Town all the points in their Thurlow Nunn Youth League East Division fixture.

The game against the Bloaters would go a long way towards deciding the second bottom position in the table.

The game was fairly even with both teams showing a great deal of honest endeavour, but it was decided by a fourth minute Connor Smith goal. His team-mate, Zach Le Picq rattled the underside of the bar late in the game.

Diss host Waveney on Thursday, February 28, while their final game away at Norwich United has no date yet.

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