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Diss 2 Gorleston 2GORLESTON earned a well -deserved point with an impressive performance at Ridgeons league Division One table-toppers Diss Town on Tuesday night.

Diss 2 Gorleston 2

GORLESTON earned a well -deserved point with an impressive performance at Ridgeons league Division One table-toppers Diss Town on Tuesday night.

It was a timely return to form for the Greens following two successive league defeats.

The result was all the more notable as Gorleston played most of the match with 10 men following the dismissal of Gary Todd.

Todd was booked following a tangle with a Diss defender before being red-carded on 16 minutes - kicking the ball into the net after being ruled offside.

Arguably, Gorleston were on top at this stage of the game and they continued in much the same vain after the sending off.

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Great work by Steve Taylor on the left saw him cross to Craig Lewis in the middle of the box, but his header went straight to Diss keeper Mat Webster.

Then on 25 minutes a long ball found Peter Lambert, who was now playing alone up front. He deftly flicked the ball around a defender and buried it in the net to put 10 man Greens in front.

Five minutes later Lambert was through again but this time the keeper made a good save.

As the half came to a close Diss were beginning to gain the ascendancy with Xavier Huckle weaving his way through Gorleston defenders, but his shot was well over.

Just like the first half, Gorleston got off to a bad start in the second period too.

A crossfield ball was mis-controlled by a Diss forward and ran through to Huckle, who appeared to be yards offside, but took full advantage slotting an equaliser past Elliot Pride.

Gorleston responded well with another good Taylor cross which deserved a better header.

The 10-men Greens were working hard to close Diss down and deny them space.

What looked like a killer blow came after 65 minutes however when an in-swinging corner was bundled in by Huckle to give Diss the lead.

Gorleston responded well. Neil Hurren came on for Lewis as the Greens looked for pace to break through the Diss defence and on 76 minutes the plan worked.

Lambert's ball over the top seemed to force Hurren too wide but somehow, from an acute angle, he got a shot over the keeper and into the goal.

Diss pushed on for a winner forcing a series of corners but the visitors defended soundly to see the game out.

Manager Richard Daniels said: “The lads played superb tonight, one point is the least they deserved.”

Team - Elliot Pride, Adam Thurtle, Tom Daniels, Callum Web, Sean Blowers, Eddie Thompson, Eddie Thompson, Adam Mills, Steve Taylor, Gary Todd, Peter Lambert, Craig Lewis, used subs Neil Hurren, Luke Goreham, Mitch Forbes