Bungay beat Halesworth in cup semi

Bungay reached the final of the inaugural Wightman-King Cup floodlit cup, beating Halesworth 1-0.An extra-time goal from Sean Payne saw Bungay through to play Wenhaston or Long Stratton in the final on April 7th.

Bungay reached the final of the inaugural Wightman-King Cup floodlit cup, beating Halesworth 1-0.

An extra-time goal from Sean Payne saw Bungay through to play Wenhaston or Long Stratton in the final on April 7th.

The Black Dogs dominated possession against Halesworth, but a combination of missed chances and some good defending kept the scoresheet blank until the 105th minute, when Payne stabbed the ball home from close range after a goal-mouth scramble.

The opening half was disappointing, with neither side able to sustain possession to create chances, former Bungay player Baboucarr Jatta going closest when his 27th minute strike was tipped on to the bar by Bungay keeper Nathan Einecker.


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At the other end Rory French's low cross was cleared, and from the resulting cross French shot over.

After the break Bungay started to get on top, and to create chances.

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On the hour French's header from Joe McFarlane's cross was saved, and the same two players combined again, this time French shooting wide. Danny Wilby's shot from 20 yards after 75 minutes struck the bar, but Bungay were unable to force the breakthrough. The Black Dogs continued to press in extra-time, and finally got the breakthrough at the very end of the first period.

Wenhaston and Long Stratton replay the other semi-final on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

On Thursday at the Maltings there is a first round Bungay Charity Cup match between Harleston and Ellingham, 7.30pm.

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