Diss bid to bounce back starts with draw
Newly relegated Diss Town took a point from their first Ridgeons League Divison One match in 16 seasons with a goalless draw at home to Downham Town. Diss had most of the possession but just could not find the net.
Newly relegated Diss Town took a point from their first Ridgeons League Divison One match in 16 seasons with a goalless draw at home to Downham Town.
Diss had most of the possession but just could not find the net.
Scott Woodcock had a header which struck the bar and another chance was cleared off the line by Sam Darlow before Lee Norfolk's last minute free-kick forced a great save by Ally McAnally.
But Downham could have won the game themselves when Matt Calvert shot wide when well placed after being set up by Tim Kavanagh.
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But they knew the hosts had lost only one home game all last season - and they swiftly equalised with a penalty converted by Vallis after Chadwick had been fouled by Harrison.
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And a day which started so well ended in misery for the Bloaters when Ben Riches struck Saffron's winner in the second minute of added-on time.
Gorleston's new management team returned from newly relegated - and now reformed - Clacton with a 1-1 draw.
It was a tough game but good to watch with Clacton taking the first half honours. Greens keeper Tom Marsden made one superb save, but James Dunkley gave the hosts an interval lead.
In the second half Gorleston stepped up a gear but had to wait until the 88th minute to gain their due reward when a goalmouth scramble resulted in an equaliser by Jack Marsden.
Long Melford threw away a two goal lead to lose 3-2 at against March Town United, the winner coming deep into stoppage time.
Debutant Ashley Skeggs scored twice to put Long Melford in command at the interval. but the second half belonged to March, whose comeback began when Karana mesmerised the Melford defence to win a penalty converted by Luke Pepper.
Six minutes Pepper scored again and the winner came five minutes into added time from Ashley Brand.
Thetford drew 1-1 at Hadleigh, where the hosts hit the woodwork on four occasions.
The Norfolk team went ahead after 17 minutes when Bryant scored with a header, but Hadleigh drew level through Welton after 39 minutes.
The best match of the opening day was at Ely, where City drew 4-4 with Cornard United.