Bungay Town warm up for return to league action with 4-0 friendly win


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Bungay Town beat Anglian Combination Premier Division side Long Stratton 4-0 in a friendly on Saturday as part of a club day at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday.

They took the lead after 10 minutes as Jamie Weston was put away down the right and his cross was turned into his own goal by a defender under pressure from Shaun Flint.

The Black Dogs made it 2-0 in the 20th minute. Flint was brought down just inside the penalty area and Shaun Whiteman converted the spot-kick with his usual gusto.

In the first minute of the second half Jordan Wheeler made it 3-0 as he caught the keeper off his line with a great 30-yard strike and John Riches completed the corner near the end with an over-head kick after Flint’s firm header from Josh Knights’ corner had been blocked.

Ricci Butler was twice unlucky not to score, with a effort that hit the underside of the bar and another which brought a great save from the Stratton keeper.

The visitors were more in the game in the second half and created chances, but Brandon Ling was in good form in goal. The Black Dogs used 17 players in all in what was a useful workout and their first activity for a month, since they beat Loddon 6-1 in an Anglian Combination Division One game on December 2.

The club day proved worthwhile, with some of the junior sides enjoying inter-club games and Bungay Ladies taking part in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Norwich Ladies.

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Bungay resume league action tomorrow with a visit to Watton United (2.30pm). The Black Dogs start 2018 in ninth position but due to cup success and postponements have only played nine games so far and have as many as six in hand on the teams above them.

In the top flight Beccles Town also hit the road to take on Blofield. The Wherrymen, who were promoted last season, have performed solidly so far at a higher level to take 19 points from 15 games and currently stand 10th in the table.

In Division Three Beccles Caxton return to action with a home game against Blofield Reserves while Earsham travel to South Walsham.

Other games: Bungay Reserves v Mulbarton Reserves (Division Four), Beccles Reserves v Poringland Reserves (Division Five South).