Tangerines have more in reserve
Diss boss Robert Taylor predicts the best is yet to come from his Tangerines after a Ridgeons First Division 6-1 romp against ten-man Downham.The visitors were already five adrift when skipper Marcus Fendley was sent off just past the hour mark at Brewers Green Lane for dissent.
Diss boss Robert Taylor predicts the best is yet to come from his Tangerines after a 6-1 Ridgeons First Division romp against ten-man Downham.
The visitors were already five adrift when skipper Marcus Fendley was sent off just past the hour mark at Brewers Green Lane for dissent.
Craig Skipp sealed the emphatic win following Stuart Garner's brace and goals from Peter Hooks, Danny Wynne and old boy Luke Catchpole.
Taylor's fourth-placed side is now just five points adrift of FC Clacton in second behind runaway leaders Great Yarmouth who continued their title march with a 2-1 win at promotion contenders Brantham.
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"There's a few sides above us with games in hand but they have to win them, and this sort of victory puts us right in the mix," said Taylor. "We play Clacton twice, so let's be positive and think that is six points closer to them.
"Even at our level there are some decent budgets if you look at the players Yarmouth and Gorleston are capable of attracting, but teams will have a blip who haven't had one yet. If we keep winning here at home, keep moving the ball quickly, and picking up points away who knows. I think we could be a force."
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Garner's two quality strikes either side of the interval lit up a one-sided affair. "Stewie played for me at Dereham," said Taylor. "It's no surprise for me to see what he can do in front of goal because he has the best left foot by miles in the Ridgeons and he is a good footballer.
"The No 10 who played up front for us is a winger normally, but we have so many out and we're asking the rest to try thing different things and different roles.
"Sometimes we make silly mistakes and try to force the play but I thought we kept the ball well. We've played like that most of the season without getting the breaks, but here we dug in because we can tend to struggle against that type of opposition."
Taylor insists Diss can once again challenge at the top end of the Ridgeons set-up in the near future.
"I'm enjoying it and hopefully the supporters buy into what we are trying to do," he said.
"We have a youth set-up all the way down to under sevens so it's looking good for the future of the club. Maybe in five or six years' time you have Diss boys in the team and you haven't spent a penny.
"We're trying to do it the right way rather than throw loads of money at it. We want to get players in who want to play for the club rather than take the money. What it needs is patience but I think everyone here has bought into that and what we are trying to do.
"A lot of these players are just getting to grips with the Ridgeons after playing Anglian Combination so we are perhaps punching above our weight this year."
Yarmouth withstood a second-half battering from third-placed Brantham Athletic to bring home all the points after winning 2-1.
Brantham took the lead after only six minutes when Ollie Mann broke.
The equaliser came from the head of Stewart Roach who dived into the Brantham mud to head home from two yards an accurate centre from Jake Reed.
What proved the winning goal arrived in the fifth minute of first-half added time. Martyn Magee put a free-kick into the Brantham box from where it was returned to him, and his second cross found the head of Craig Roberts at the far post whose looping effort dropped inside the opposite upright.
In a fine second-half performance by the Bloaters' defence, Jonny King had his best game yet for Yarmouth and keeper Michael Hilton produced several brave blocks.
Fakenham Town have appointed a new manager whose task is to guide the Ghosts from the bottom of the First Division back to Premier Division status.
He is former player Wayne Anderson, 35, who has left the Downham Town manager's job to take over the hot seat at Clipbush Park.