Diss boss in upbeat mood
Paddy DavittDiss boss Robert Taylor predicts the best is yet to come from his Tangerines after a 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 towards the match official.Paddy Davitt
Diss boss Robert Taylor predicts the best is yet to come from his Tangerines after a 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 towards the match official.
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 Yarmouth who continued their title march with a 2-1 win at promotion contenders Brantham - Stewart Roach and Craig Roberts on target.
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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. We just have to keep going at the minute and see where it takes us.
'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 like we have done in this game, 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 on a bitterly cold afternoon in one of the division's few games to survive the latest snowfall.
'Stewie played for me at Dereham but he never got a look in when I left so I brought him over here,' 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 number ten 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. At half time we should have been further ahead than 2-1 but I just said get the next goal and go on.
'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 seven's 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 - which maybe has been the case at this club before. 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. If we don't do it this year then I'd like to think we'll be challenging in the next couple of years.'