Away point for Gorleston midweek
Diss 1, Gorleston 1Gorleston fans would probably have settled for a point before this game on Tuesday night but in the end were disappointed not to pick up all three, writes David Hardy.
Diss 1, Gorleston 1
Gorleston fans would probably have settled for a point before this game on Tuesday night but in the end were disappointed not to pick up all three, writes David Hardy.
The Greens started slightly the stronger but their attacks faltered in the final third, while Diss were guilty of numerous mis-placed passes in the opening quarter. Both sides had a number of long-range efforts that didn't threaten either goalkeeper.
Leon Harewood came closest for the Greens after 15 minutes when he shot wide from a corner while at the other end some tricky wing play by the Tangerines Osiris Gomes saw his cross volleyed wide by Andy Moody with the goal at his mercy.
Tom Marsden decided to play in central midfield for a minute, coming out of his box to clear a ball then followed up his clearance with some tackles as Diss came into the game.
John Bell then went on a good run towards the Diss box but ended with a weak shot.
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The first goal came after 33 minutes. A free-kick from the left of the box was met at the back post almost inevitably by a former Green, Leighton Miller, who powered his header into the net.
Gorleston equalised five minutes into the second half when they broke from a Diss free-kick. Ricci Butler slid the ball through to Chad Pillar who slotted it under the keeper and into the net.
Diss had a quick break of their own soon after but the Greens defence cleared off the line.
In the 63rd minute Pillar was again bearing down on goal. He nodded a bouncing ball round keeper Mark Camidge who then appeared to foul Pillar, but the referee was not interested in any penalty claims.
Pillar again showed good footwork on the edge of the box in the 75th minute but was unable to get his shot on target.
Gomes had caused both Gorleston full-backs problems and his cross in the 78th minute was headed goalwards by Robbie Lawrence but well saved by Marsden.
The Greens had the ball in the net again nine minutes from time when Pillar stooped to head home a Luke Goreham cross from close range, only for the linesman to rule him offside.
Marsden earned a point for his side with another save, this time with his feet, in the final minute.
Alan Smith and Steve Bishop are in charge of the reserves who have beaten North Walsham 2-1 and Stalham 6-0 in friendlies.
They have another friendly away to Caister on Saturday, kick off 2pm.