Bungay felled by Saints
BUNGAY'S disappointing run in the Anglian Combination Division One continued in miserable conditions at Thorpe Rec on Saturday.In continual cold wind and rain they were rarely able to get their flowing football together, gave the ball away too often, and St Andrews won it with a well-taken first-half goal.
BUNGAY'S disappointing run in the Anglian Combination Division One continued in miserable conditions at Thorpe Rec on Saturday.
In continual cold wind and rain they were rarely able to get their flowing football together, gave the ball away too often, and St Andrews won it with a well-taken first-half goal.
They deserved the points which took the to the top of the table. But for another fine performance by keeper Jimmy Bligh, the Black Dogs could have suffered a heavier defeat.
As it was thy failed to score for the second game in succession, and have now won only once in their last six matches, with three of them being drawn - and slip to sixth place.
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With Lee Henwood in charge following the resignation of Richard Daniels as manager, Bungay had the awful conditions to battle with as well as the in-form Saints, who Bungay beat 2-1 at the Maltings in September.
The home side were clearly out for revenge and had the better of the early play, with Bligh having to make two superb saves to keep out goal-bound efforts. But he was beaten after 30 minutes, probably being unsighted by a well-placed low shot inside the far post by Alex Taylor.
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The Black Dogs enjoyed a better spell after that set-back and Danny Wilby almost beat the keeper as both closed in on a loose ball, and Eddie Collings brought a good save from the keeper soon after. But before the interval Bligh was called on to make another wonderful one-handed save.
Tom Amis drove a powerful shot just over the bar from a good position but generally the Black Dogs were finding it difficult to create opportunities.
St Andrews continued to look the more likely to score in the second half which was largely played out in the rain and gathering gloom.
Bligh made another fine save and then somehow finally grabbed the ball at the end of a prolonged scramble almost on the Bungay goal line.
The Black Dogs never gave up, with Paul Hunter and Neil Renaut as industrious as ever in mid-field and they did have one chance to equalise when Amis broke clear, but his first touch let him down and the keeper grabbed he ball at his feet.
Bungay play their last game of 2008 tomorrow when they entertain Attleboro (2.30).
Team: J Bligh, M Harvey, S Payne (L Henwood), C Hunting, T Daniels (D Lowe), P Bullen, P Hunter, N Reanut, D Wilby (S Campbell), E Collings, T Amis.