Bungay safe from drop
Bungay Town deservedly made it three wins out of four at Poringland as a goal in each half saw them home.The visitors pulled one back five minutes from time, but the Bungay defence survived a late onslaught to make it 10 points from the last 12 to dispel any lingering fears of relegation from Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Division Two.
Bungay Town deservedly made it three wins out of four at Poringland as a goal in each half saw them home.
The visitors pulled one back five minutes from time, but the Bungay defence survived a late onslaught to make it 10 points from the last 12 to dispel any lingering fears of relegation from Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Division Two.
The defence was again sound and well organised, with Craig Hunting and Dan Lowe impressive at the heart in a game in which discipline was much improved. The home side carved out an early chance as the Bungay defence stood off and allowed a forward to burst through, but he fired wide.
After that Bungay looked the better side, and on 15 minutes Tom Amiss got in a snap shot which the keeper took well. Amiss tried another long-range effort that flew wide, and at the other end Grant Mace cleared off the line following a Poringland corner. Then Bligh did well to block a close-range effort.
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Joe MacFarlane got in two shots, the second earning a corner as the keeper dived to turn the ball round the post. And from the Mace's flag kick MacFarlane rose at the far post to loop a header over the keeper to make it 1-0.
Bligh took a fierce angled effort at the second attempt, and Lowe made some well-timed interceptions as the home side fought to level.
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Five minutes into the second half Bungay gave themselves some breathing space as a fine low shot from Amiss beat the keeper at his near post after the ball was cleared from a corner.
Soon after a good move between Tom Daniels and Mace won a corner from which Ash Ling put an easy header close in straight at the keeper, who then saved a header low down from Daniels.
Poringland missed one great chance as a forward blazed over from a few yards out with only Bligh to beat, but at this stage Bungay were in control, and Mace and Amiss saw shots blocked by the busy home keeper.
MacFarlane put in a long-range effort that the keeper took under the bar, Poringland counter-attacked swiftly down the left and when a low cross came over Ross Potter scored from close range.
Bungay had to soak up heavy pressure after that, with Hunting clearing one effort off the line and other defenders making timely blocks as the home side won a series of corners, but Bungay held out.
Tomorrow Bungay are at home to Reepham and the reserves are away to East Harling.