Black Dogs need luck in front of goal

Holt United 5, Bungay Town 0

THE Owls demonstrated the clinical finishing that Bungay lack as they went nap against the Black Dogs on Saturday.

On the run of play they certainly deserved the victory, but there were not five goals between the sides.

Things are not running for Bungay when they need a little bit of luck. They were unable to convert a number of half-chances.

They tried hard enough, with Danny Wilby, concentrating on his football, having a fine game in the centre of mid-field and involved in much that was good about the team going forward. But two goals in a minute around the hour mark put paid to Bungay’s chances.

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Holt put an early chance over the bar, but after a spell of Bungay pressure they went ahead in the 15th minute when a good, low cross from the right was clinically finished by leading scorer Kevin Moore. Soon after another shot sped narrowly wide of the target.

For Bungay, Dan Andrews weaved his way through the home defence but was crowded out as he shot.

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Then Steve Batt went on a solo run before playing Ash Ling in on the right, and from his low cross Batt and Andrews had close-range efforts blocked.

Territorially there was little in it, but Holt went 2-0 up in the 35th minute as another low cross from the right was gathered by Moore, and he beat Nick Whiting at his near post from close range.

As the Black Dogs fought back Holt managed to scramble the ball clear following a Bungay free-kick on the edge of the area.

Ling tested the home keeper early in the second half before Moore, in search of his hat-trick, fired narrowly wide.

Ling shot wide when he would have done better to set up Andrews, then two goals in a minute clinched the game for Holt.

Lee Williamson was in the right place when he received the ball wide on the right and he scored with an angled shot via the bar.

From the kick-off they opened up the Bungay defence again and James Wright made it 4-0.

The Black Dogs had a good spell after that, with Wilby’s low cross being smothered by the keeper, and Dan Lowe almost getting on the end of a Wilby free-kick.

Then Tom Cole found Andrews with a good ball and he brought a fine fingertip save from the keeper with a good left-foot shot. Andrews’ speed took him clear of a defender, only for the keeper to block his effort.

But with 10 minutes left Holt completed the scoring as Williamson was on hand after Whiting was unable to hold onto a cross under pressure.

Before the end, as Bungay kept going, Andrews saw another shot deflected for a corner.

Bungay: N Whiting, S Batt, D Smith, S Whiteman, D Lowe, J Youngman (C Sartain), D Wilby, R Tuffs, T Cole, D Andrews, A Ling (D Shimmon).

Tomorrow Bungay entertain Long Stratton (kick-off 2.30pm). The Reserves visit Hoveton Wherrymen.

On Thursday evening the U18 entertain Woodbridge Town U18 (kick-off 7.45pm).

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