Bungay make quick exit from cup
THE Black Dogs made a quick exit from the Anglian Combination Senior Knock-Out Cup at summery Corton on Saturday.Bungay return to league action tomorrow with a visit to Holt in Ang Com Division One.
THE Black Dogs made a quick exit from the Anglian Combination Senior Knock-Out Cup at summery Corton on Saturday.
Bungay return to league action tomorrow with a visit to Holt in Ang Com Division One.
Corton 4, Bungay Town 1
After taking an early lead, despite having a depleted side, they gifted the home side two goals which were gratefully accepted and the home side went on to win comfortably.
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The difference would have been greater but for two goal-line clearances by Mark Shipley, who got the Bungay goal and was their best player on the day. It was largely a game to forget, but hopefully Miles Clarke, Sean Payne and Joe McFarlane will be back before too long.
On the bumpy pitch Bungay made the best possible start as Shipley launched an effort from just inside the Corton half and it looped into the net beyond the startled keeper.
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But they were unable to keep the lead for long as keeper Robert Long did well to block an effort from Brown but Stuart Bloomfield was on hand to knock in the rebound.
Soon after Shipley was in the right place to clear another goal-bound effort off the line, but the Black Dogs went close to regaining the lead as Paul Hunter forced the keeper into a leaping save to turn away a 25 yard free-kick bound for the top corner. The first gift came in the 26th minute as Dan Lowe inexplicably played the ball across the penalty area into the path of the unmarked Elliott Dawes, who had no problem in accepting the chance.
Shipley had to get in a fine saving tackle to prevent a third Corton goal after more sloppy play, before Long turned another shot away for a corner.
The home side netted following a free-kick, and though it was ruled out for offside Corton did get a third right on half-time as a free-kick was played in low and Hunter mishit his intended clearance past Long.
The Black Dogs needed a goal early in the second half to get back into contention but instead the home side went further ahead in the 55th minute.
Long did well to block a fierce strike, Shipley cleared the follow-up shot off the line but Tony Baxter, out wide on the right, drilled the clearance low into the net from 20 yards.
Bungay kept battling and another Hunter free-kick, after he had been fouled 20 yards out, flew agonisingly wide with the keeper beaten.
Long made two good saves late on to prevent a rout, while Shipley was unlucky to see a first time 20-yard volley from Matt King's pin-point cross go straight at the keeper.
Team: R Long, M Shipley, C Hunting, D Lowe, S Wightman, M King, N Renaut, P Hunter, T Podd (M Fairhead), B Bligh (S Batt), M Holmes.