Diss Town boss still embarrassed by 11-0 Thurlow Nunn Premier Division drubbing

Diss Town boss Chris Tracey. Picture: Sonya Duncan. Diss Town boss Chris Tracey. Picture: Sonya Duncan.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
6:25 AM

Boss Chris Tracey admits that Diss Town’s Boxing Day massacre was his lowest point in 25 years of non-league football.

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The Tangerines were annihilated 11-0 on their own turf by Walsham-le-Willows in front of their biggest crowd of the season. Tracey didn’t stick around at the final whistle to see what the 173 fans who witnessed the mauling had to say about it. And he concedes that is one of his biggest regrets on what was a day to forget at Brewers Green Lane.

Tracey said: “I hereby apologise for the display, if you could call it that, put up by those wearing a Tangerine shirt.

“For me it was an insult to all those people who work at the club, sponsors and to all regular Diss supporters. Obviously as the manager I take responsibility for the team selected. In 25 years of non-league football I have never felt as embarrassed as I was on Thursday, so much so I got in my car and left the ground immediately having felt so let down by the people I trusted.

“This was the wrong thing to do and a poor example to set. Both I and all the playing staff should have remained and faced the inquisition afterwards.”

Diss, 15th in the 20-team Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, have lost their last four games and sit just six points off the bottom three. They face 13th-placed Kirkley & Pakefield in a hugely pivotal fixture on Saturday.

“We have now reached the lowest part in our season and the only way out of it is for us all to work together,” the Tangerines boss also wrote in his blog on the club’s website.

“I believe given the opportunity this group of players with a couple of additions can climb the table but a far greater commitment is required by several. We still control our own destiny.”