Bungay Town claim overdue win in Suffolk Senior Cup

Action from Fakenham Town's Norfolk Senior Cup tie with Yelverton, which the Anglian Combination Div

Action from Fakenham Town's Norfolk Senior Cup tie with Yelverton, which the Anglian Combination Division One side won 3-1. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The Black Dogs won a Suffolk Senior Cup game for the first time in exactly 18 years as a goal in each half gave them a 2-0 victory at Leiston.

The previous win came on October 16, 1999, when they won 5-0 at Long Melford 5-0, and though they have only been in the competition intermittently since, it’s good to put the record behind them.

The win was thoroughly deserved against opponents from the Ipswich & Suffolk League Premier Division, brought about by one of their best performances of the season so far.

It was based on a solid back three of Ryan Cook, Craig Hunting and Shaun Whiteman, with Tom Hunter having a particularly impressive game as left wing-back, and good movement of the ball between midfield and the strikers Sonny Artherton and Dom Mirner, who took their goals well.

John Riches tested the keeper with a free-kick as Bungay took the game to Leiston and their good approach work paid off in the 11th minute. Riches found Artherton with a searching cross and he held off a defender to finish powerfully.

Leiston came more into the game, and 16-year-old Bungay keeper Brandon Ling made a fine flying save to keeper out a well struck shot in the 23rd minute, before the home side glanced a header narrowly wide.

Black Dogs started the second half as they had the first and in the 56th minute were awarded a penalty when Mirner went down in the box, but after being persuaded to consult a linesman the referee changed his mind. But with six minutes left Bungay got the clincher their performance deserved with a textbook goal. Josh Knights’ corner to the far post was headed back into the danger area by Kevin Riches, back with the club and on as a substitute, and Mirner put a firm header into the roof of the net from six yards.

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Tomorrow Bungay visit Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves for a league game.