Willows are short of confidence after derby-day defeat at rivals

DERBY DISAPPOINTMENT: Tom Agricole (left) challenges Diss Town's Jason Cole for the ball during Walsham-le-Willows 1-0 defeat at their rivals
DERBY DISAPPOINTMENT: Tom Agricole (left) challenges Diss Town's Jason Cole for the ball during Walsham-le-Willows 1-0 defeat at their rivals
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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Diss Town 1

Walsham-le-Willows 0

Walsham-le-Willows boss Paul Smith conceded his side are short of confidence after they fell to a second straight defeat, losing at Diss Town.

In what proved a less than memorable derby encounter, Matt Dixon struck the decisive blow in the 11th minute to ease the Tangerines’ relegation fears.

The Willows face another tough task tomorrow when hosting table-toppers Norwich United (3pm), before travelling to Whitton United on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Smith has warned his side they will need to be much improved.

“It was a good chance to get to winning ways but we didn’t have any fight or commitment,” he said.

“I think the confidence has gone somewhat in the squad and that is the trouble.

“We have to take it on the chin, move on and put things right in our next game.

“Although saying that we have Norwich United next so that won’t be easy. Knowing us we will play well and win, if we don’t we will get rolled over.”

The Willows created the first opportunity after just three minutes but Jack Brame failed to test Diss goalkeeper Matt Powley, heading Tanner Call’s cross wide.

And he was made to rue his miss as the home side broke the deadlock in the 11th minute. Kyle Downes broke free of Dan Easlea down the right-hand side before picking out strike partner Dixon to simply slot home at the back post.

The second-half proved even less eventful than the first 45 minutes and the closest Walsham came to levelling was substitute player-assistant manager Paul Musgrove curling a free-kick over Powely’s goal in the 78th minute as Diss held out for a vital victory.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Mildenhall Town host struggling FC Clacton and Thetford Town entertain Ipswich Wanderers (both tomorrow, 3pm).

Hall boss Dean Greygoose has urged his side to show more killer instinct after their 2-0 defeat away at Kirkley and Pakefield.

“We’re sometimes overplaying it,” he said. “We need to be more clinical in the final third and show that killer instinct.”

Meanwhile, Thetford lost 2-1 at Newmarket Town at the weekend to slip to their fifth consecutive defeat.

In the First Division, Stowmarket Town (11th) travel to title-chasers Saffron Walden Town tomorrow (3pm) having lost ground on the top 10 at the weekend, conceding two late goals in a 3-1 home defeat to Downham Town.

Walden drew 2-2 with Team Bury (12th) on Tuesday night to stay second, in what was the Blues’ first match for more than three weeks.

On Tuesday, Ross Wilding’s side visit King’s Lynn Town Reserves, while Needham Market Reserves travel to Great Yarmouth Town (both 7.45pm).The Marketmen lost 3-0 at Swaffham Town on Saturday.