Sprowston Wanderers 0 Bungay Town 2 – Bungay claim title

Champions! Bungay Town in their new warm-up tops, thanks to sponsorship from the Chequers Inn in Bri

Champions! Bungay Town in their new warm-up tops, thanks to sponsorship from the Chequers Inn in Bridge Street. Pictured are: back row, left to right: John Riches, Nathan Causton, Joe McFarlane, captain Craig Hunting, Rob Howes, Aiden Lowe, Sean Payne of the coaching staff, Phil Wernham and Shaun Whiteman. Front row: Dan Burgess, Kevin Riches, Sam Olley, Jody Peacher, Ryan McFadden, Dan Andrews, Lee Houghton and Tim Clarke. - Credit: Archant

Bungay Town are returning to senior football after a break of four seasons after clinching the Anglian Combination Division Two title at Sprowston on Saturday with three games to spare.

The victory ensured promotion, but when news came through at the Maltings Pavilion that Waveney had been beaten at Caister Reserves, it meant they also had the championship and there were joyous scenes as manager Tim Clarke and his squad celebrated.

Said Clarke: “After two years of massive disappointment this is a great feeling. After three years of hard work we have done it and the chairman has bought us a drink!”

And he paid tribute to the way the squad had worked for the success.

“I think the penny dropped two months ago, and the team has been playing as a unit and not as individuals. They have been doing the job and they fully deserve this reward. Now for the double!”

Bungay meet Wells at the Norfolk Football Development Centre at Bowthorpe on April 22 in the final of the league cup and victory would cap a great season.

Clarke and his assistant Stu Vincent have masterminded the transformation of the team and its fortunes over the past three seasons and the double would be a fitting reward for their efforts.

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Saturday’s win was not a great game, but the Black Dogs dominated throughout and could easily have had more than their two goals. The win marked their 15th clean sheet of the season and continued their unbeaten away record in all competitions.

Bungay won a free-kick on the edge of the area in the seventh minute, but Craig Hunting put the ball off target. Three minutes later, Bungay were ahead as Kevin Riches rose to thump a header past the keeper from Sam Olley’s excellent cross.

Danny Wilby, back after injury, tested the keeper with a overhead kick in the 29th minute, before a fine Bungay move ended with Mirner’s effort going just wide of the far post.

Shaun Flint went on as a sub at the start of the second half and soon got in a shot the keeper took comfortably. Later he had a header saved before he made it 2-0 in the 68th minute as Wilby set him up to easily beat the keeper.

Soon after he saw another shot beat the keeper but it was cleared off the line.

Mirner missed a golden chance in the 85th minute as the game ended with keeper Rob Howes not having a single shot to save.

Bungay entertain Attleborough on Saturday with a 2.30pm kick-off.

Beccles Town followed up a 7-1 Division One win at Hellesdon on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat at Scole United on Monday.