Tangerines go top

Cornard United 2, Diss Town 3 : Diss went to the top of the Ridgeons League Division One table as they made it 11 points from an unbeaten first five games of the season.

Cornard United 2, Diss Town 3

Diss went to the top of the Ridgeons League Division One table as they made it 11 points from an unbeaten first five games of the season.

Cornard lost their 100 per cent record. The only two other unbeaten teams in the Division are Saffron Walden (nine points from three games) and F C Clacton (seven points from three games).

George Watts-Sturrock drew a superb save from Darren Moyes in the 30th minute in the first clear chance of a half dominated by Diss. However, the Tangerines took the lead in the 33rd minute when a shot from Mark Shadrack was charged down and Jason Hunt put the rebound in from the edge of the penalty area.


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A weak clearance by Darren Moyes was capitalised upon by Xavier Huckle in the 40th minute. He ran forward and crossed to the far post where George Watts-Sturrock shot in to make it 2-0.

Despite having the majority of the possession, with Moyes saving well from Kuckle and Sam Bryant, Diss had to wait until the 77th minute for their third goal. Paul Nichols played the ball out of defence for Huckle to flick the ball on to Ben Soanes. He moved towards goal and squared for Watts-Sturrock to shoot his fifth goal of the season.

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There was still time for a dramatic finish to the game. In the 86th minute a disputed free-kick on the edge of the penalty area was curled into the net by Simon Hyde. Diss goalkeeper Matty Hill protested so strongly to referee David Czyzewicz that he was sent off for his comments. Jason Hunt went in goal and was unable to stop a low shot from Calvin Aves pulling the score back to 3-2 in the 89th minute.

Diss held out in the nine minutes of added time for a deserved win.

Diss team: Matty Hill, Stuart Jenkinson, Stuart Garner, Paul Nichols, Brendan Foley, Mark Shadrack, Xavier Huckle, George Watts-Sturrock, Jake Burton, Jason Hunt, Sam Bryant.

Diss subs: Chris Collins-Reed (for Jenkinson 63 mins), Christian Money (for Huckle 82 mins) and Ben Soanes (for Burton 68 mins).

Attendance: 52.

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