High-flyers too tough for Bungay
Bungay Town 0, Norwich St Johns 4THE Black Dogs were well beaten on Saturday by a well-organised St Johns side pushing determinedly for promotion from the Anglian Combination Division One.
Bungay Town 0, Norwich St Johns 4
THE Black Dogs were well beaten on Saturday by a well-organised St Johns side pushing determinedly for promotion from the Anglian Combination Division One.
Saints showed what finishing is all about with two well-taken goals in each half, and Bungay had little answer, certainly not the finishing power.
U18's midfielder George Shipley was given his full debut by caretaker managers Mick Simpson and Graham Mickleburgh in a squad which again included seven teenagers.
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They started well, as Shipley put Ainsley Baynes through on goal, but the keeper was quickly off his line to block his effort.
When Ash Ling was fouled 30 yards out Craig Hunting was unlucky to see his free-kick hit the bar with the keeper beaten, but that was as good as it got for Bungay.
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After one forward had drilled an effort narrowly wide, St Johns mounted another quick break in the 20th minute and Luke Tuttle weaved his way through to give Robert Long no chance from close range.
It was 2-0, 15 minutes later with another well-worked goal, down to speed and control, this time Aaron Kay belting the ball home from 10 yards.
Soon after a misunderstanding in the home defence nearly cost them a third goal, but this time Tuttle fired wide.
Bungay went close on 39 minutes as G Shipley found Matt Holmes and his first-time cross saw Baynes homing in, but he put the ball over from an awkward position.
Paul Bullen tried his luck from long range but was too high.
Five minutes into the second half a defensive slip let in Gary Carr and he accepted the chance past the exposed Long. Four minutes later it was 4-0 as Long failed to gather a low cross and Tuttle was left to tap the ball home.
As St Johns dominated Long did well to scoop another effort away for a corner. But Bungay got back into the game and Holmes got to the byline only for his low cross to be cleared for a corner. And when the ball fell to him following the flag-kick he volleyed wide from the edge of the area.
Hunting tried his luck from long range and Baynes put a free-kick straight at the keeper. In the final minute Bungay created their best chance from a neat move which put substitute James Youngman clear, but the keeper blocked his shot.
Team: R Long, M Shipley (S Campbell), C Hunting, D Lowe, S Whiteman, M Holmes (J Youngman), N Renaut, G Shipley (S Batt), P Bullen, A Baynes, A Ling.
Tomorrow, Bungay entertain Kirkley and Pakefield Reserves at 2pm. The Reserves visit Blofield Reserves. On Monday, Bungay A entertain AFC Star at 11am.