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Bungay blown off course

PUBLISHED: 10:17 18 December 2015

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Aylsham 1 Bungay Town 0

A wind-assisted goal just after half-time was enough to end the Black Dogs six-game unbeaten run at Aylsham on Saturday.

There was little to choose between the two sides, but Bungay’s inability to take advantage of the wind behind them in the first half proved their downfall and Aylsham just about deserved the points, emphasised by the fact that keeper Rob Howes was Bungay’s man-of-the-match.

The Black Dogs started well, with good work by Luke Spear, Alex Perrin and Dom Mirner creating half chances which were blotted out by the home defence.

The keeper dropped one shot from Shaun Whiteman but grabbed the loose fall before Danny Wilby could take advantage.

Aylsham had a spell of pressure and Howes had to be alert to a number of dangerous corners, while one long-range effort was not far wide of the target, before Wilby fired narrowly wide from a good position at the other end. But clear cut chances were few between two well-matched sides.

The decisive goal came two minutes into the second half as Will Abbs’ intended long cross from the left was floated into the top far corner of the net with Howes stranded.

Shortly after another Aylsham effort narrowly cleared the bar.

For Bungay Ryan McFadden fired over, before a good move saw Spear cross low into the six-yard box with no one on hand to get a touch. Then a good run by Sam Olley saw Spear bring a diving save from the keeper.

But Howes was the busier keeper, and twice made great saves with his legs when goals looked certain, and then dived to turn away a fierce drive for a corner, as Bungay’s long balls into the wind proved largely ineffective.

In the end Aylsham saw out the game fairly comfortably, though the Black Dogs maintained second position in the Anglian Combination Division One table.

Team: Howes, Causton, Hunting, Whiteman, McFadden, Olley, Spear, J Riches, Mirner, Wilby (Holmes), Perrin (Macfarlane).

Tomorrow Bungay entertain Holt United in their final game of 2015 (kick off 2pm).

Beccles are back in action at Poringland Wanderers this weekend after their game at North Walsham Town was postponed.

Barsham were due to play Kirkley B at Beef Meadow but the opposition were unable to field a team so called off leaving Barsham without a game.

They were awarded a 2-0 home win. This weekend Barsham play Waveney Hearts Away at Normanston Park, kick off at 2pm.

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