Good start but Bungay falter
Kirkley & Pakefield Res 3, Bungay Town 1THE Black Dogs suffered their third successive Anglian Combination Division One defeat on Wednesday night as they let slip an interval lead at Kirkley.
Kirkley & Pakefield Res 3, Bungay Town 1
THE Black Dogs suffered their third successive Anglian Combination Division One defeat on Wednesday night as they let slip an interval lead at Kirkley.
The home side equalised within 15 seconds of the restart and from then on dominated a game in which Bungay, with a weakened side, had performed well in the first 45 minutes, writes Terry Reeve.
Bungay were without Craig Hunting, Mark Shipley, Neil Renaut and Billy Davies, but Lee Henwood came in for a one-off appearance in defence and Ben Lecompte added strength to the midfield.
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It was Lecompte who put Bungay ahead after only four minutes, scoring direct from a free-kick after the home keeper had handled outside the area. Kirkley found the net soon after, but the flag was up for offside.
Ian Barber made a good one-handed save as Kirkley enjoyed more of the possession, before another Lecompte free-kick on the edge of the area caused danger, but no Bungay player could get a touch on the ball to turn it in.
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Barber was called on to make another good save, but just before the interval Bungay went close to a second as an inswinging cross from Steve Batt was turned against the bar by the keeper and Ainsley Baynes could only head the rebound straight at him.
The home side grabbed the equaliser less than 15 seconds into the second half.
The ball was played wide to Darren Glynn and he cut in to unleash an unstoppable volley past Barber.
Fifteen minutes later they went ahead when a corner was played in low and Lewis Hammond got the vital touch from two yards out to score.
It was largely one-way traffic after that, but Bungay did have a chance when Shaun Whiteman's good ball forward put Baynes clear, but the keeper was quickly off his line to block the effort.
Kirkley should have scored soon after following another dangerous low ball into the six-yard box, but this time Paul Highfield fluffed his shot.
However, the Kirkley forward did clinch the points in the 89th minute when he finished well at the end of a slick move.
Bungay: I Barber, R Hepburn, L Henwood, D Lowe, S Whiteman, B Lecompte, S Batt (S Olley), J Doughty, M Holmes (R Tufts), J Youngman (H Knights), A Baynes.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Bungay entertain Poringland (kick-off 2.30pm).