Shield delight for Bungay A
A goal two minutes from time from substitute Steve Batt saw Bungay A win the John Moore Shield, beating Hopton White Hart 3-2.In an entertaining game, the young Black Dogs took a two-goal first-half lead, then conceded three penalties as the visitors came back to draw level, but crucially the third spot-kick was missed, and Batt's 88th-minute header gave Bungay the win.
A goal two minutes from time from substitute Steve Batt saw Bungay A win the John Moore Shield, beating Hopton White Hart 3-2.
In an entertaining game, the young Black Dogs took a two-goal first-half lead, then conceded three penalties as the visitors came back to draw level, but crucially the third spot-kick was missed, and Batt's 88th-minute header gave Bungay the win.
Bungay started well, and took the game to their opponents, and they took the lead after nine minutes, Richard Went scoring from close range after Steve Brown's shot was not cleared.
At the other end, Bungay keeper Adam Honeywood made two good saves in the space of a minute midway through the half. Bungay doubled their lead after 25 minutes with a fine goal.
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Good passing saw Brown set clear down the right, and his near-post cross was met with a fine header from Chris Fuller.
This galvanised Hopton, who started to dominate possession, and they pulled a goal back after 31 minutes, Danny Riseborough converting from
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the penalty spot after the referee had seen a push in the area.
Hopton continued to be on top at the start of the second half, with Bungay finding it difficult to keep possession of the ball.
Hopton drew level after 58 minutes, Charlie Jones' hand-ball resulting in another penalty, which Riseborough again converted.
Midway through the half Bungay's first serious attack saw them almost regain the lead, Fuller's low cross from the right just eluding Darren Bedingfield in front of goal.
A minute later Hopton were awarded their third penalty when Honeywood brought down a striker who was bearing down on goal. Somewhat surprisingly the referee took no action against the Bungay keeper.
Riseborough couldn't repeat his earlier success from the spot, as his kick came back off the crossbar and was scrambled clear.
Four minutes later Scott Redhead's shot struck the Bungay bar, but the Black Dogs weathered the storm and began to have more possession.
Just as extra-time was looming, Bungay grabbed the winning goal. Bedingfield's mazy run and cross found Fuller, whose shot was scrambled wide.
From the resulting corner, Hopton failed to clear and Steve Batt pounced to head home from close range, leaving triumphant Bungay manager Dave Went “over the moon”.