Bungay back to winning ways


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The Black Dogs put the heavy defeat against Stalham behind them as they got back to winning ways on Saturday with a win over bottom-of-the-table Hindringham.

Manager Tim Clarke was forced into a number of changes due to injuries and unavailability, with Nathan Causton, Paul Bliss and Kevin Riches all missing.

Rob Howes made his first appearance of the season in goal, Ryan McFadden lined up alongside Sam Olley and Shaun Whiteman in a three-man defence, and Dom Mirner returned to the away side in a five-man midfield.

The home side dominated early possession, but it was Bungay who went closest to scoring in the fourth minute, when Howes’ long kick was flicked on by Aiden Lowe to Fionn Goodwin-Wright, but he was unable to get a quick shot away.

Three minutes later the home defence was caught out by a long Howes kick and Goodwin-Wright’s shot was saved, before Lowe’s attempt from the rebound was scrambled clear.

Bungay broke the deadlock after 13 minutes, when Lowe’s long throw to the near post was headed into the bottom corner by Mirner.

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At the other end the home side looked threatening and Howes did well to tip over a free-kick, but the home side equalised from the corner, as a low cross found an unmarked Tom Lane at the back post, and he beat Howes from close range.

Bungay managed to weather the storm, and the five-man midfield began to dominate possession and create chances. Whiteman headed wide from Mirner’s cross before Lowe’s shot was saved.

Bungay regained the lead after 29 minutes. A fine run from Mirner saw him put Lowe in on goal, and he beat the offside trap to finish confidently.

The Black Dogs were on top and they spurned chances to extend their lead, with Whiteman being closed down after he delayed his shot when unmarked.

The second half saw Bungay defending against the slope and the wind, but although the home side enjoyed more possession, they seldom threatened the Black Dogs’ goal.

When Bungay did attack, McFarlane headed narrowly over from Goodwin-Wright’s corner, but Bungay sealed the points with 15 minutes remaining, as Lowe was fouled in the area, and Whiteman converted the resultant penalty.

Team: Howes, Olley, McFadden, Whiteman, Mirner, Wilby, McFarlane, J Riches, Houghton (D Lowe), Goodwin-Wright, A Lowe (Spear).

Tomorrow, Bungay make the trip to Aylsham Wanderers (2pm) in the Anglian Combination KO Cup, and on Wednesday visit neighbours Beccles for a much-anticipated derby at 7.30pm in Anglian Combination Division One.