Bungay Town on course for promotion are excellent away win
PUBLISHED: 08:34 19 April 2019
Bungay Town turned in an outstanding performance to win 3-0 at fellow high-flyers Mundford to give their Anglian Combination Division One promotion hopes a huge boost.
It means they are now highly likely to finish at least third in the table — and that is likely to be good enough for promotion, though that will not be confirmed until the season has ended.
Every one of the 15-man squad played their part in this deserved victory over opponents who have been odds-on favourites to go up for much of the season.
Bungay defended stoutly and attacked with incision on the break and when Sam Wooldridge was played in down the right his cross found Tom Hunter, whose shot was blocked for a corner. From the 22nd minute flag kick by Josh Knights, Shaun Whiteman, who was magnificent in defence all afternoon, headed his side into the lead.
Three minutes later John Riches fired narrowly wide from another goof build-up and Knights got in a fierce shot straight at the keeper.
Ian Fancett put a difficult header wide for Mundford, but three minutes from the interval Bungay went 2-0 ahead as Craig Hunting headed a corner back into the danger area, where Riches finally turned the ball in from close range.
In added time Mundford were awarded a penalty but 17-year-old keeper Brandon Ling dived to save Mason Thorogood's spot-kick.
Mundford's expected onslaught in the second half did not materialise as Bungay defended well and still created chances, though Ling had to make a smart save at the start of the second half.
Canham tested the keeper again and Spencer Cawcutt, on as a substitute, also brought the keeper into action before Bungay clinched victory with a third goal with three minutes to go.
Brannan Solomon played Cawcutt in and the 17-year-old took it round the keeper to score, to the joy of his team-mates and travelling supporters.
The Black Dogs final game is not for nearly three weeks at Easton on Friday, May 3 at 7.15pm. A point will secure at least third place, though their goal difference is already significantly better than Stalham's — the only side who could pip them.
Team: B Ling, J Weston, C Hunting, S Whiteman, T Daniels, S Wooldridge (S Cawcutt), B Solomon, J Knights (S Wooldridge), T Hunter, J Riches, A Canham (D Mirner, A Canham, J Wightman).
Meanwhile the Bungay Charity Cup is under way, with two matches, Norton Athletic v Beccles Caxton and Spexhall v Yelverton Reserves due to have taken place this week. The other two first round matches are Harleston Reserves v Earsham (on Tuesday) and Bungay Reserves v Halesworth Town (on Wednesday).
All games are at the Maltings Meadow at 7.30pm, with the semi-finals scheduled for April 26 and May 3, and the final on May 10.