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Cup joy for Bungay Town

PUBLISHED: 11:45 10 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:07 01 August 2010

The victorious Bungay team.

The victorious Bungay team.

Two goals in four minutes midway through the first-half paved the way for Bungay to become the first winners of the Wightman-King Floodlit Trophy inaugurated this season.

Two goals in four minutes midway through the first-half paved the way for Bungay to become the first winners of the Wightman-King Floodlit Trophy inaugurated this season.

Bungay and Long Stratton, both from Division One of the Anglian Combination, emerged from the group stage of the competition to contest a final in front of a good crowd at the Maltings Meadow, and it was the host club which finished comfortable winners.

Early on Bungay player-manager Lee Henwood had to clear his lines to prevent Stratton taking the lead as the ball broke dangerously in the six-yard box. Soon after a Stratton forward blazed over the bar from a good position, and Bungay made them pay for the misses.

In the 23rd minute, Rory French scored from close range, and three minutes later Sean Payne's header from Tom Oxborrow's corner doubled the lead.

The second-half was an even contest, with both sides creating chances. French broke clear down the right, but his low cross was just scrambled clear.

At the other end, Luke Field cleared a goal-bound shot off the line, and the rebound fell kindly to Bungay keeper Einecker. Neil Renaut had a clear shot on goal from Lee Henwood's long free-kick, but his shot was blocked.

Long Stratton missed two good opportunities as they pressed to get back into the game, but Bungay sealed the win with a fine breakaway goal in the last minute.

Field's pass from defence found Ling, who fed the ball out wide to Oxborrow and continued his run to latch on to the return ball and finish confidently for a 3-0 win.

The trophy was presented to winning captain Craig Hunting by Reg King, son of Billy King, after whom the original trophy was named.

A new glass trophy was acquired for the competition after the original Wightman-King Cup could not be found.

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