Black Dogs share the points
Wells Town 1, Bungay Town 1WELLS was probably the windiest town in Norfolk on Saturday - and with good football impossible, justice was probably done as the Black Dogs shared the points with their hosts.
Wells Town 1, Bungay Town 1
WELLS was probably the windiest town in Norfolk on Saturday - and with good football impossible, justice was probably done as the Black Dogs shared the points with their hosts.
The Seasiders should have won - and would have done but for the heroics of Bungay keeper Robert Long and some wayward finishing by the forwards.
It meant Matt Holmes' goal, his first for four years, kept Bungay's unbeaten away record intact.
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The Black Dogs, without the injured Sean Payne and the unavailable Myles Clarke, never gave up against a big and physical Wells rearguard in a game played largely on the seaward side of the exposed pitch close to the harbour.
Long made the first of a number of fine saves early on as he moved forward to block an effort from Daniel Grocott with his feet when the Wells forward broke clear. Soon after he did well to get down to a low shot as the home side carved out another good opening.
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For Bungay, Paul Hunter curled a free-kick straight at the keeper, and Joe McFartane had a chance from a good forward ball but was beaten by the high bounce.
Long was soon in action again, keeping out a low shot as Grocott broke clear again, and on 25 minutes he needed treatment after making a brave save at the feet of the same lively Wells forward.
McFarlane had another half-chance for Bungay but could not get direction on his shot under challenge.
When Wells attacked again a poor back pass set up Grocott, who this time beat Long - but the effort went wide.
Matt Holmes got in an effort on the turn for Bungay in the 33rd minute but it was just too high.
A home forward received lengthy treatment at the start of the second half, and before he could be replaced Wells took the lead, mounting a quick attack which saw Grocott this time find the far corner of the net past the advancing Long.
Bungay quickly won a free-kick in a dangerous position and the home keeper did well to turn Hunter's shot over the bar, before Long again kept his side in contention with an impressive save from the profligate Grocott.
Bungay drew level in the 67th minute as a long ball forward and its high bounce confused the home defence and Holmes nipped in to lob the keeper to break his four-year goal drought.
Both sides sought a winner, and after Hunter had put another free-kick over the bar Wells went close again as the Black Dogs defence failed to clear a windblown ball.
Before the end captain Craig Hunting cleared his lines to preserve his side's unbeaten away record in Anglian Combination Division One.
Tomorrow, the Black Dogs turn to the Suffolk Senior Cup when they entertain Leiston St Margaret in the first round (2pm).