THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Diss Town 2
Thetford Town 1
Thetford Town manager Mark Scott has conceded the club only have a ‘slender’ chance of avoiding relegation after a devastating derby defeat.
In what could prove a pivotal result in their battle to survive, two late substitutes stole the show as Ashley Skeggs cancelled out former Tangerine Valta Rocha’s opener before Adam Burroughs swooped to head home a dramatic last-minute winner to claim the hosts a vital victory.
And with the result extending Diss’ one point advantage over the Brecklanders in the final relegation berth to four points, having played three fewer games, the manager, whose side entertain Hadleigh United tomorrow (3pm) is aware they face an uphill struggle to retain their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division status.
“We are all bitterly disappointed, that game could prove costly and although it hasn’t sent us down it is a bitter one to take looking ahead,” he said. “It is going to be difficult and realistically we are going to have to rely on others like Wivenhoe who are struggling.
“It is not an impossible task but we know it will be tough.
“All we can do is go out to win the last three games and then you never know, we still have a slender chance.”
The hosts started with intent and should have found themselves two goals to the good in the first 13 minutes.
First Matt Dixon called Ian Fancett into action in the fourth minute, reacting superbly to somehow tip the striker’s close-range effort over the bar, before eight minutes later, the lively Louis Cuajar beat Fancett with a stinging strike, but could only watch on as his effort came crashing back off the underside of the bar.
Thetford finally got a foothold into the encounter five minutes from the break, but Ryan Skipp could not capitalise on Jacob Brown’s weak back pass as he shot straight at Matt Webster.
Five minutes after the re-start, Diss were left to rue their host of spurned opportunities as Thetford broke the deadlock in fortuitous circumstances.
A poor clearance from Webster was punished in the worst possible fashion as he could only watch on in horror as Rocha sent a first-time, left-footed lob back over his head and into the empty net,
However, there was to be a late sting in the tail for Scott’s charges.
First with just five minutes remaining, Ashley Skeggs found himself in the right place to tap home Stuart Garner’s goal bound effort, before with moments left fellow sub Adam Burroughs stooped to guide a header beyond the reach of Fancett, snatching a dramatic winner to condemn Thetford to what could prove a decisive defeat.