Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final: Diss Town 4, King’s Lynn Town 1
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Midfielder Jacob Brown's masterclass helped inspire Diss to victory in tonight's clash between two much-changed sides.
The Tangerines may have had seven senior players ineligible for the county cup quarter-final tie but it didn't matter as a flurry of late goals saw them dispose of a Linnets outfit made up of largely reserve players. And it was skipper Brown who was the difference on the night as he scored two and set up another to haul Mark Reeve's improving Thurlow Nunn Premier Division strugglers into the last four.
In a first-half bereft of clear-cut chances only the hosts' Matt Dixon and opposing frontman Jack Frohawk managed to get shots on target. But much of the approach play was impressive with Diss' two-goal hero and Lynn's Shaun Stocker showing their class in central areas.
It was Brown who opened the scoring three minutes after the restart when he powered into the box to set up Jake McDowall. A fine Tom McLeish tackle denied the winger a certain goal but Brown was there to poke the loose ball past Luke Pearson from close range.
A similar incident at the other end 20 minutes later, after Luke Biles' run was stopped in its tracks by Colin Wines, saw the lively Frohawk benefit to draw the teams level.
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Yet Brown wasn't finished as he capped a virtuouso display by bagging a second with 10 minutes to go. His header hit the bar, Dixon was brought down in the aftermatch, yet referee Jon Block waved play on and the skipper profited from close range.
Dixon, assisted by Brown, showed great skill soon after before making it three and to rub salt in the wounds, an unfourtnate own goal from Chris Ward completed his side's late collapse as Diss kept their Norfolk Senior Cup dreams alive and joined Norwich United and Dereham Town in this season's semi-finals.
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Wroxham's home cup clash in the same competition against Scole United was not played last night due to a waterlogged pitch. Dereham Town's Ryman League meeting with Barkingside at Aldiss Park also fell foul of the wet weather.
Wroxham's home cup clash in the same competition against Scole United was not played tonight due to a waterlogged pitch. Dereham Town's Ryman League meeting with Barkingside at Aldiss Park also fell foul of the wet weather.