Subdued atmosphere as Bungay Town secure a comfortable victory
PUBLISHED: 07:02 29 September 2017
A minute’s silence was held before the game in memory of Black Dogs’ striker Aiden Lowe, who had died in a car accident two weeks previously.
It meant a subdued atmosphere hung over the Maltings Meadow, with football of secondary importance.
But the team for which Aiden played 112 times, scoring 63 goals, got the job done more comfortably than the score suggests to take the three Anglian Combination Division One points.
Sharper finishing would have made the win much more emphatic, while young keeper Brandon Ling, on his debut, performed confidently without ever being seriously tested.
Bungay won a corner in the first 40 seconds and from it Sonny Artherton volleyed just too high. It set the pattern for much of the game, with John Riches heading wide from Sam Olley’s cross, Tom Daniels firing a long range shot narrowly off target, Dom Mirner having a powerful shot blocked by the keeper and Artherton’s follow-up being blocked for a corner.
A well organised Hindringham defence weathered the early pressure and Daniels had to clear an inswinging corner off the line in the 21st minute at the start of a good spell for the visitors.
Mirner had a fine chance in the 35th minute, only to see his effort blocked by the keeper, with Riches drilling the loose ball narrowly wide.
Finally it was a penalty in the 44th minute which brought Bungay the lead, Shaun Whiteman blasting the spot-kick home after Artherton was brought down in the area.
Josh Knights landed a corner on top of the bar at the start of the second half, Artherton was unlucky to see a volley just clear the bar and Mirner broke clear on to Ryan Cook’s forward ball only to see his lob clear the keeper but go wide.
Lewis Bilham’s first touch after coming on for Knights saw his shot just clear the bar. Mirner again broke clear only to delay his shot and be robbed but he finally made one count as Reece Evans set him up to take the ball round the keeper and roll it into the empty net.
Bungay Town: B Ling, S Olley, C Hunting, R Cook, S Whiteman, J Knights (L Bilham), J Riches (N Welsby-Burrows), B Solomon, T Daniels, D Mirner, S Artherton (R Evans).
Tomorrow Bungay visit Attleborough (2.30pm).