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Bungay's cup exit

PUBLISHED: 15:34 13 October 2008 | UPDATED: 07:42 01 August 2010

Bungay Town went out of the Suffolk Senior Cup at the first hurdle on Saturday, beaten by the holders, Grundisburgh 3-1.

Two early goals gave the visitors a cushion, and though Bungay pulled one back at the start of the second half - and for 15 minutes threatened to get on top - there is no doubt that the best side won.

Bungay Town went out of the Suffolk Senior Cup at the first hurdle on Saturday, beaten by the holders, Grundisburgh 3-1.

Two early goals gave the visitors a cushion, and though Bungay pulled one back at the start of the second half - and for 15 minutes threatened to get on top - there is no doubt that the best side won.

The match will have been a good experience for Bungay however, and stand them in good stead as they return to league action on Tuesday evening when they entertain Corton at the Maltings Meadow (7.30pm).

The visitors started strongly and Jimmy Bligh was called on to make a save low down early on.

They went ahead after 10 minutes as Harper's fierce close range header from a left wing cross went through Bligh's legs.

The home side found it difficult to make any headway against Grundisburgh and the stiff breeze, and had a let off when a corner went low across the face of the goal with no-one getting touch.

Then Harper headed another cross against the underside of the bar and the ball bounced clear.

A second goal looked likely, and it came after 21 minutes as a free-kick from Scales curled into the top corner of the net on the wind with no-one getting a touch.

Bungay lost Luke Field to injury soon after, Joe MacFarlane coming on, and in a rare Bungay attack Cai King had a shot saved at the near post.

But the Black Dogs got back into the game two minutes into the second half as Tom Amis scored with a superb 25-yard drive out of the blue.

Paul Hunter hooked a shot from a corner just wide, while Craig Hunting blocked a shot at the other end.

The lively Grimwood worked an opening for himself for the visitors only to shoot into the side netting, while as Bungay attacked Amis found Ed Collins only for his first time effort to clear the bar.

At that stage another Bungay goal would have set up a great finale, but Grundisburgh struck in the 69th minute.

Crump made ground with Bungay back-pedalling, and when the ball fell to Grimwood eight yards out he poked the ball under Bligh's dive.

The Black Dogs never gave up and Danny Wilby forced the keeper into a finger-tip save with a quickly-taken free-kick.

From another free-kick five yards outside the box the keeper was forced to turn Hunter's shot away for a corner.

And King saw yet another free-kick deflected for a corner, which led to MacFarlane bringing a save from the keeper with a shot on the turn.

Bungay: J Bligh, M Harvey (D Lowe), C Hunting, L Henwood, T Daniels, C King, P Hunter, D Wilby, L Field (J MacFarlane), T Amis (J Youngman), C Collins.

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