Quick exit for Bungay
Bungay Town 2, Leiston St Margarets 3 (aet)BUNGAY went out of the Suffolk Senior Cup at the first hurdle on Saturday, as they let slip a 2-0 lead and allowed Leiston to snatch victory with an extra-time goal.
Bungay Town 2, Leiston St Margarets 3 (aet)
BUNGAY went out of the Suffolk Senior Cup at the first hurdle on Saturday, as they let slip a 2-0 lead and allowed Leiston to snatch victory with an extra-time goal.
All of this looked so unlikely at half-time, as the Black Dogs dominated the first period, and were full value for their two-goal lead. But they took their foot off the pedal in the second half, Leiston forced their way back in to the game.
After a quiet opening to the game, Bungay began to control possession without creating many clear-cut opportunities, with Sean Payne's 25-yard shot and a cross from Justin Doughty that was just too long.
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The Black Dogs broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute; Paul Hunter's corner wasn't cleared, and although shots from both Joe McFarlane and Matt Holmes were blocked, the ball fell to Dan Lowe, who fired in to the top corner from 12 yards.
At the other end, a long-range shot from Ben Keeble forced Rob Long in the Bungay goal in to a diving save. McFarlane and Neil Renaut then linked up to set up Holmes, but his shot was saved.
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Two minutes later it was 2-0, as Holmes' pass set up McFarlane, who did well to beat the keeper with a cross/shot from a narrow angle. Keeble should have pulled a goal back for the visitors but after an excellent run his shot was well saved by Long.
Bungay started the second half brightly, with Hunter setting up the overlapping Shaun Whiteman, whose cross found McFarlane, but his shot was deflected wide. Then McFarlane put Holmes through but his shot was just wide.
The visitors pulled a goal back, James Blades getting between two defenders to head home a left-wing cross. Four minutes later Bungay just managed to clear after a goalmouth scramble.
Neil Renaut was injured in a collision with an opponent, and this proved crucial, as while he was being treated and Bungay were down to 10 men, the visitors equalised, Blades getting his second from Ross Pemberton's low cross.
Paul Bullen's 90th-minute cross was only half-cleared, but Holmes' snapshot went wide for Bungay.
After Hunter's free-kick was saved, it was Leiston who pressed in extra-time, with Matt King heading a goal-bound header off his own line. But the visitors took the lead in the 103rd minute, as Mark Shipley failed to clear a free-kick and the ball fell to Leiston centre-half Chris Wright, who netted. bundled the ball past Long from six yards.
Blades had a chance of a hat-trick early in the second period but dragged his shot wide, but the visitors held on comfortably.
Team: R Long, M Shipley, C Hunting, S Payne, S Whiteman, J Doughty (M Fairhead), N Renaut (P Bullen), P Hunter, D Lowe, J McFarlane (M King), M Holmes.
Tomorrow Bungay visit Scole in the league. Bungay Sunday first team host Swaston Keys (Cambs) in the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup (2).