French puts polish on Bungay win
Caister United 0, Bungay Town 3NEW signing Rory French scored twice on his debut for Bungay on Saturday as the Black Dogs completed their fourth successive away win in the Anglian Combination Division One.
Caister United 0, Bungay Town 3
NEW signing Rory French scored twice on his debut for Bungay on Saturday as the Black Dogs completed their fourth successive away win in the Anglian Combination Division One.
It was a workmanlike performance in windy conditions, and the points took them back to the top of the table above Mattishall, who had no game. It also extended their unbeaten league run to eight games, writes Terry Reeve.
The side was without influential midfielder Paul Hunter for the first time this season - he picked up an injury against Gayton - and after a goal-less first half they made their superiority tell after the interval.
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Ed Collins got in an early shot on the turn following a corner but it just cleared the bar, before Collins beat his man only to fire straight at the keeper instead of crossing to the unmarked French at the far post.
Jimmy Bligh did well to turn away a well-struck drive by Caister, and Dan Lowe then did enough to force another forward to fire wide.
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Later Collins got his head to a free-kick from Luke Field but the keeper grabbed the ball at the second attempt, before Field had a free-kick blocked by the wall.
Just before the interval the lively Cai King put in a good run down the left which ended with his shot crashing against the outside of a post.
Bungay went head in the first minute of the second half as Collins was pushed in the penalty area and French converted the spot kick.
But it signalled Caister's best spell of the game. They forced a number of corners, and Bligh made a good save at the feet of a forward to prevent an equaliser, and then dived to turn away a goal bound effort from 25 yards.
The keeper made another good save soon after, but Bungay weathered the spell, and got a second as Thomas Daniels broke forward and found Collins, who finished well as the keeper advanced.
It looked as if Collins had scored again soon after as he thundered a left-foot shot against the underside of the bar and it appeared to bounce down over the line, but the referee waved play on.
Bungay were now well on top and a third goal came as Lowe found Collins down the left and he cut in to set up French for a prodded finish from eight yards.
Before the end substitutes Mark Harvey and Joe MacFarlane combined for the later to drive an angled shot again a post.
Tomorrow's game at St Andrew's has been postponed, because Elliot Cooper a St Andrews player died after their Reserves' game last week.
Bungay Reserves entertain Hempnall Reserves tomorrow (1.45pm). Bungay meet Wortwell at the Maltings on Tuesday evening in the Wightman King Cup (7.30pm) and the U18s entertain Lowestoft Town U18s on Thursday evening (7.45pm).
Team: J Bligh, T Daniels (M Harvey), C Hunting, L Henwood, D Lowe, D Wilby (J MacFarlane), N Renaut, L Field, C King, E Collins (A Ling), R French.