Five-star Tangerines make tracks in Vase

Michael Bailey FA VASE & RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Diss Town secured their place in the first round proper of this season's FA Vase with a dominant display at Lincoln Moorland Railway. The Tangerines ran out 5-1 winners despite finding themselves a goal down after 26 minutes, as the pace down the wings of Rob Taylor's side tore the Northern Counties East League Premier Division side to pieces.

Michael Bailey

Diss Town secured their place in the first round proper of this season's FA Vase with a dominant display at Lincoln Moorland Railway.

The Tangerines ran out 5-1 winners despite finding themselves a goal down after 26 minutes, as the pace down the wings of Rob Taylor's side tore the Northern Counties East League Premier Division side to pieces.

Town's equaliser came after the half hour, Luke Catchpole crossing for Brendan Foley to head in, and four minutes later George Wilson picked up the ball before letting rip with a 25-yard effort to put the Tangerines ahead.


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Danny Partridge was brought down in the 40th minute to earn Adie Hayes a goal from the spot by half-time and Diss hit the woodwork three times before the 77th minute finally delivered their fourth goal; Danny McKail beating his defender before netting. Ben Deacon completed a good afternoon's work with five minutes remaining, deflecting in James Wilson's effort.

Diss will face Mildenhall Town in the first round on October 4, after the Suffolk side accounted for Thetford in their weekend tie.

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Thetford goalkeeper Ross Bilham was powerless to prevent a Mildenhall cross going in after a deflection off the outstretched leg of David Richards on 21 minutes, and the game was effectively over five minutes before the interval when Tony Scully's effort completed the scoring for the home side.

Kirkley & Pakefield won their own all-Ridgeons Premier tie against Norwich United, thanks to a late strike from Jamie Cole at Walmer Road.

Both sides had their chances, with United's Ben Walham clipping the crossbar but as extra time looked inevitable, Nathan Stone's surging run set up Cole to side-foot in. Kirkley face a trip to Yaxley in the next round.

Another all-Ridgeons tie saw Wisbech come back from two goals down to win at Walsham-le-Willows 4-2.

A second half penalty and counter attack saw Walsham in front, but Billy Smith's hat-trick and a Stuart Ablett header ensured Wibech progress. Walsham 'keeper Kevin Bugg was sent off late on.

The Fenmen will travel to Cornard United for their next Vase tie.

Great Yarmouth failed to make the first round after losing to St Neots Town at Rowley Park to a 77th-minute Ben Cole goal, while Gorleston also exited the competition, going down 2-1 at Holbeach United.

Lowestoft Town took advantage of the reduced Ridgeons programme to move top of the Premier Division with a 1-0 win at Stanway Rovers.

Jamie Goldbold's strike maintains the Blues' tremendous start to the season, dropping just two points and conceding three goals in their first seven fixtures.

CRC got the better of Dereham Town 5-3 at the Abbey Stadium, with five first-half goals and a missed penalty. Sam Willis, Nicky Howell and Ollie Willis made the score respectable; Town sit sixth.

Wroxham had a much better day to follow up last weekend's FA Cup success with a 3-0 win over Histon Reserves at Trafford Park.

Despite Steve Harley's first-half penalty miss, the Yachtsmen finally broke the deadlock on 71 minutes; Paul Cook heading in Gary Gilmore's cross. Danny White's stooping header and Andy Key's vicious drive helped move Wroxham up to 11th.

King's Lynn Reserves suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Needham Market, while in the first division Swaffham Town handed Downham their first three points of the season with a 4-2 defeat at Memorial Field.

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