Black Dogs spring surprise
Tomorrow Bungay entertain Wells in their final home game of the season, and the Reserves are away at Mattishall Reserves. The Black Dogs visit Caister for their last game on Tuesday evening, and the Reserves are at home to South Walsham Reserves on Wednesday (kick-off 7.
Tomorrow Bungay entertain Wells in their final home game of the season, and the Reserves are away at Mattishall Reserves.
The Black Dogs visit Caister for their last game on Tuesday evening, and the Reserves are at home to South Walsham Reserves on Wednesday (kick-off 7.30pm).
Bungay Town 1, Reepham Town 0
A BLACK Dogs team including only four players who could be called first team regulars this season dug deep on Tuesday evening to achieve a hard-earned win against Reepham. With many reserves drafted in the side battled throughout the 90 minutes, and in the circumstances, this could go down as their best win of the season.
Only three days earlier Reepham had won impressively 3-0 away to promotion favourites Norwich St John, but on Tuesday Bungay keeper Nathan Einecker was rarely seriously troubled.
The defence was well marshalled from right back by Paul Bullen, U18 defender Rob Mattocks slotted in at left back, and with Dan Lowe and Shaun Whiteman outstanding at the heart f the defence it provided the chance for James Youngman to hit the winning goal early in the second half - his first for the first team.
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In midfield Peter Fuller and Gavin Webb, both playing their first game for the first team in two years, and Justin Doughty never let the visitors' midfield settle, while up front Ash Ling and Matt Holmes continually harried the defence.
Reepham started the stronger side and put an early header over the bar, before Einecker had to be quick off his line to claw the ball way from an on-rushing forward. In a first half lacking much real action he made a good save when a forward intercepted a short back pass.
The vital breakthrough for the Black Dogs came four minutes into the second half as Ling and Holmes combined to set up Youngman, who stabbed the ball under the keeper from eight yards. Holmes had a chance soon after but his shot was deflected for a corner.
As the visitors tried desperately for an equaliser Bungay defended a series of corners and Delap-style long throws stoutly, and when Bungay broke - Youngman raced on to a long ball but his lob over the keeper was off target.
Reepham netted nine minutes from the end but it was disallowed for offside, and Einecker ensured the home victory with a diving save from a well-struck snapshot near the end.
Corton 2, Bungay Town 2
FOR the second game running Bungay came back from two goals down to earn to draw - this time at Corton on Saturday. Ash Ling and Ainsley Baynes cancelled out two early Corton goals, but it was a game Bungay could have won, with Corton down to 10 men after just 11 minutes following a straight red card for retaliation.
They had chances to win the game, but nevertheless it was a creditable performance by a much-weakened side.
Baynes had a chance when he was put clear but the keeper stretched to grab his attempted lob, and the home side went ahead as a looping header from Richi High caught stand-in keeper Nathan Einecker off his line and dropped under the bar. Shortly after the keeper made a good blocking save.
Stuart Campbell was injured and replaced by Bungay's only sub, Rob Mattocks. Then Jason Hall was sent off for retaliation on Youngman, who was booked for the initial foul.
High went close for Corton but blazed over and then was close to conceding an own goal at the other end. It was Corton who scored again when Glen Murgaux beat Einecker with a superb volley from a free-kick. Bungay got themselves back into the game as Ling was felled in the box and got up to convert the resultant spot-kick - Bungay's first of the season. Before the interval Corton forwards squandered two good chances.
In the second half Bungay were level as Baynes muscled his way through a group of defenders and beat the keeper with a good lob for a fine individual goal.
Bungay went close as Craig Hunting floated in a free-kick and Shaun Whiteman's close range header was blocked for a corner. Corton kept the pressure on but Bungay had chances to win it. Ling chipped wide after being put through by Youngman, Ling fired another effort wide, and in the last minute Baynes shot into the side netting.