Diss Reserves lose at Leiston

The Diss Town v Thetford Town match was one of many games to be postponed due to a frozen pitch on Saturday. The Tangerines have a re-arranged fixture this Saturday and visit Ipswich Wanderers (kick off 3pm).

The Diss Town v Thetford Town match was one of many games to be postponed due to a frozen pitch on Saturday.

The Tangerines have a re-arranged fixture this Saturday and visit Ipswich Wanderers (kick off 3pm).

Leiston Reserves 4, Diss Town Reserves 1

After another break of three weeks Diss Reserves returned to Ridgeons Reserve League North action and played very well for the first half against a strong Leiston side on a pitch which had thawed to allow play.


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In the second half Leiston were physically fitter and this is an area that the Diss management team will be working on with their new squad.

Diss were passing the ball around well in the early stages and settled much better than Leiston on a surface which was difficult to turn on.

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It was, therefore, against the run of play that Leiston took a 19th minute lead through a fine individual effort by Chris Sillett. He ran from 40 yards out and slotted a low shot in from 12 yards out.

The Tangerines continued to attack well and equalised in the 27th minute. It was their first goal for eight games and came when Aaron Bunn caught a corner and threw the ball out to Olly Verrell near halfway.

He played a perfect pass for Kirk Bardsley to collect and run towards goal. He turned on to his left foot and shot in from the edge of the penalty area.

Two minutes later Chris Mooney surged forward down the left and his centre allowed Verrell to shoot on target. Bardsley cut the ball out in the 31st minute and released Verrell to run towards goal.

However, his low shot lacked the power to beat Ben Vincent. At this stage a Diss lead at half time looked likely, but it was Leiston who scored in the 41st minute.

A free kick was not cut out by the Diss defence and Michael Brothers turned and shot in from an acute angle from four yards out.

Verrell was on target again in the first minute of the second half but Leiston came close to increasing their lead when Dan Block shot narrowly wide in the 52nd minute. Bardsley was denied an equaliser by a good save from Vincent in the 62nd minute after a superb pass from Rafel Swzalek. Leiston broke quickly and Brothers hit the post from 22 yards out.

Bradley Takooree had an effort at a 68th minute corner cleared off the line. At this stage the match could have gone either way. Leiston finished the game strongly with Bunn forced to save well from Block twice before he was beaten by Sillett from close range in the 84th minute to a cross from Brothers.

Four minutes into added time Chris Palmer rounded Bunn to shoot in after a Leiston break away.

Man of the Match: Kirk Bardsley took his goal well and played some fine passes. A fine addition to the squad with a good left foot.

Diss Reserves will be at home to Stowmarket Town Reserves on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

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