Bungay Town end on a high note

Bungay Town 3, Corton 0THE Black Dogs completed their Anglian Combination division two programme on Thursday evening with a thumping victory over champions-elect Corton.

Bungay Town 3, Corton 0

THE Black Dogs completed their Anglian Combination division two programme on Thursday evening with a thumping victory over champions-elect Corton.

It came with three of the best goals they have scored all season in one of their most satisfying all-round displays, and extended their unbeaten run to 12 games, 10 of them wins.

It meant three wins in six days without conceding a goal. If the first third of the season had been as good it would have been Bungay celebrating the championship.

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As two days earlier, Gavin Webb slotted into the back four in place of the unavailable Craig Hunting to give a commanding performance, with Dan Lowe beside him also impenetrable, Paul Hunter was again busy and creative in midfield and up front Ash Ling and Tom Amiss gave the Corton defence plenty to think about.

Jimmy Bligh - the only ever-present for Bungay this season - made one fine reflex save from a close range header when Corton threatened, but the Black Dogs went ahead in the 35th minute as the ball was played into the danger area and Ash Ling beat his close marker with a good turn before firing a left foot shot across the keeper into the net.

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Three minutes into the second half Bungay made it 2-0 as Hunter flighted an excellent free kick to the far post and Mark Harvey timed his run perfectly to thump home a header.

Webb made a fine tackle to thwart a forward as he broke though and when the visitors worked an opening it was wasted by a forward firing over the bar from a good position.

Joe MacFarlane and Amiss both went mighty close with long-range shots, and Corton almost pulled one back as a player cut in from the left and pulled the ball back for a colleague to send in an effort which seemed to strike a colleague almost on the line, and the ball was cleared.

In the 89th minute MacFarlane rounded off a great night for Bungay as he picked up a clearance from a corner 25 yards out and drove a 25-yard scorcher into the top corner.

Bungay finished the season as they started, by beating Corton. They won 2-1 on the opening night, and so completed a notable double. The points see them finish fourth equal with Beccles Caxton, but fifth because of an inferior goal difference.

Team: J Bligh, M Harvey, G Webb, D Lowe, T Daniels (B Clitheroe), J MacFarlane, P Hunter, J Youngman (B Gough), C Jones, T Amiss, A Ling (M King).

Bungay meet Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves in the semi-final of the Beccles Hospital Cup at Beccles on Wednesday evening (6.30pm).

Tomorrow the Reserves meet Old Newtonians Reserves in the final of the Suffolk Primary Cup at Woodbridge (3).

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