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Bungay's great fightback

PUBLISHED: 16:51 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:15 01 August 2010

Wymondam 2, Bungay 2

An injury-time equaliser from Shane Ward completed a great come-back from the Black Dogs on Saturday after they had been reduced to 10 men early in the second half when a goal down.

Wymondam 2, Bungay 2

An injury-time equaliser from Shane Ward completed a great come-back from the Black Dogs on Saturday after they had been reduced to 10 men early in the second half when a goal down.

A retaliation from Paul Bullen brought him a straight red card, but from that moment Bungay picked up their game, and they certainly deserved their reward for their second-half performance in which both teams were rusty following long lay-offs.

The result extended a run in which they have lost only once in six games, and they are unbeaten in the three games since Robert Hepburn took over as manager.

Wymondham had won 2-0 at the Maltings Meadow earlier in the season and ealry on looked the better side. Keeper Ian Barber got down well to grab one close-range shot, while for Bungay Sean Payne's header from Craig Hunting's free-kick was just to high.

The home side took the lead in the 25th minute as a corner was played low into the six-yard box and Payne turned it into his own net in attempting to clear.

They went close to a second soon after when a forward got the better of Payne but Barber made a great save with his feet before blocking a well-struck shot at his near post.

Bungay were more in the game towards half-time and Ward was just unable to get the ball wide to the unmarked Billy Davies in front of goal. Twice Ainsley Baynes was off target with well struck efforts from out wide on the right.

The Black Dogs forced an early second-half corner from which Baynes' 20-yard effort was just off target. After 58 minutes, their task of retrieving something from the game became more difficult as Bullen kicked out at a player after being tackled and was sent off.

But the Black Dogs play immediately improved. Haydn Knights, 17, making his debut, saw an effort turned away for a corner following a good ball from Mark Shipley. They equalised on 65 minutes as Baynes found Ward down the right and he cut in to send an effort against a post. The ball rebounded against a defender and into the net.

As they continued to go forward Davies saw the keeper grab his well-struck effort at the second attempt, and Payne headed wide at the end of another good build-up.

With six minutes left Wymondham regained the lead, Glen Sharpe scoring with a firm header from a left-wing corner, and they went close to a third as the Bungay's defence hesitated, but Barber again saved well.

Bungay pressed and deep into injury time substitute Steve Batt, in a crowd of players, played a long kick from Barber into the path of Ward, who banged in the equaliser from eight yards.

Team: I Barber, M Shipley, C Hunting, S Payne, S Whiteman, B Davies, P Bullen, N Renaut, H Knights (S Batt), S Ward, A Baynes (B Bligh).

Tomorrow, Bungay entertain Corton (2pm). The Reserves visit Swaffham Reserves.

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