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Parson Drove management duo take positives out of defeat

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Parson Drove joint managers Gary Haime and Robbie Harris saw their long-term ambition of Step 6 football realised this afternoon, although their team was beaten 4-1 by Diss Town in front of a healthy crowd.

After the game, Haime told the Citizen: "We've worked towards getting to Step 6 football and so it was a proud occasion for the football club, win, lose or draw.

"We've lost 4-1 but there really wasn't a lot in it and the scoreline was a little flattering to Diss. We were in the ascendancy for the first 20 minutes, we finished the half the stronger side and should have scored before the break.

Gary Haime
Gary Haime

"We've conceded twice against the run of play in the first half, re-set ourselves at half time and then conceded again straight away. But then we've got back on it and, even with ten men, we finished the stronger side.

"But Diss were more clinical than us, they made less enforced errors and they put balls in dangerous areas well.

"If that is a side that is going to be at the competitive end of the league and that is a marker, then we are not a million miles away.

Robbie Harris
Robbie Harris

"Our target position this season is around mid-table and I still think we will achieve that. But the side has come together quickly and we lost games to Covid too, so we're not expecting to click straight away. It's a long season."

Harris added: "We had our first league game at home and in front of a half decent crowd and it obviously wasn't the fairytale we wanted.

"It was one of those games where, if we scored first, the pressure would be on Diss and then who knows?

"Result-wise, it doesn't look great but, all in all, performance wise it was not a disaster.

Gary Haime and Robbie Harris
Gary Haime and Robbie Harris

"There's definitely some positives that we've taken away but there's also some negatives and we definitely need to make ourselves better at set pieces."

It's Leiston Reserves away next for Drove, next Saturday, before a local home derby against Wisbech St Mary on Tuesday, August 10.

Haime added: "Leiston are notoriously a tough side so that's going to be a hard game, and we then go into the Wisbech St Mary midweek game which is a huge local derby. We're probably slight favourites but it's a derby game so we'll see."

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