Thurlow Nunn League preview: Diss Town boss refuses to call start a real disaster

GOAL: Kirkley and Pakefield FC's Kyle Baker (blue) celebrates a goal during their FA Vase win over D

GOAL: Kirkley and Pakefield FC's Kyle Baker (blue) celebrates a goal during their FA Vase win over Diss at Walmer Road. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Diss Town will be looking to finally end their barren start to the term at the 10th time of asking.

The Tangerines have lost their seven Thurlow Nunn Premier Division matches and exited the FA Cup and FA Vase at the first time of asking. But despite nine defeats, boss Mike Derbyshire insists his team's start to the season hasn't been a complete disaster.

Writing in a blog on his club's website he said: 'I'd like to start by apologising to you, all of our loyal supporters, for what has been an exasperating start to our 2014/15 campaign. However, I use the word exasperating advisedly as I know for some of you, disastrous would be a more appropriate term. But I don't quite see it that way.

'I am sorry that we haven't been able to get a result and to put some points on the board. Nevertheless, I suspect that there are many people who would say that when you're a struggling team, you need to focus more on the fundamentals of the game and not so much on playing football which can put you in trouble in and around your own defensive areas, which has been a problem for us. But for me, that is the very point – we are not a struggling team. We will be a struggling team if, as on previous occasions at Diss, we are still down at the bottom at Christmas. But I am utterly confident that we will not be! At the moment we are a learning team, not a struggling team.'

The basements boys look to get a positive result for the first time this term at home to Godmanchester Rovers this afternoon. But it won't be easy with Rovers having won four of their first six matches so far this campaign.

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In the First Division, Dereham Town Reserves host AFC Sudbury Reserves, Downham Town host Needham Market Reserves, Great Yarmouth Town entertain Halstead Town, King's Lynn Town's second string welcome Saffron Walden Town while Swaffham Town visit Long Melford.

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