Surprise final for Bungay side
BUNGAY Reserves are in the final of the Suffolk Primary Cup, despite losing their semi-final at Halesworth on Saturday 4-2 to Sizewell Associates.After the game Suffolk FA announced that Sizewell had played an ineligible player in the match, and awarded the game to Bungay instead.
BUNGAY Reserves are in the final of the Suffolk Primary Cup, despite losing their semi-final at Halesworth on Saturday 4-2 to Sizewell Associates.
After the game Suffolk FA announced that Sizewell had played an ineligible player in the match, and awarded the game to Bungay instead.
It is the first time the Black Dogs' second string have figured in the Primary Cup final.
They will meet Old Newton Reserves on April 12, at a venue to be decided.
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A spirited late fightback wasn't enough to save Bungay Reserves from defeat in the game against Sizewell Associates itself. After trailing by three goals midway through the second half, they scored twice to pull themselves back into the game, but Sizewell scored a fourth goal late on to secure a deserved win.
The game kicked off in tricky, windy conditions, and Bungay started brightly with Ash Ling's 20-yard shot coming back off a post early on.
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But gradually Sizewell began to dominate possession, and they took the lead after 11 minutes, Malcolm Garlick firing in after being left unmarked from a long free-kick. Bungay were struggling to keep possession, and only a goal-line clearance from Gavin Webb stopped Sizewell from doubling their lead.
At the other end, Ling chipped just wide after confusion in Sizewell's defence, and James Youngman's shot was saved after good approach play by Jason Belmore.
Sizewell started the second half in determined fashion and doubled their lead after 61 minutes, when a shot from the edge of the area was deflected in from close range by Nick Sillett. Bungay almost pulled a goal back straight from the kick-off, as Ling's run put him clear, but his shot came back off a post.
Three minutes later it was 3-0, Dale Grey scoring with a powerful strike from the edge of the area. After 70 minutes there was a substantial hold-up in play following a serious ankle injury to Bungay defender Ash Lever, who was taken away by ambulance.
When play did resume Sizewell looked to be in control, but Bungay pulled a goal back after 85 minutes, thanks to a neat finish from Belmore.
A minute later it was 3-2, as Sam Olley's cross was knocked down by Belmore into the path of Ling, who finished neatly.
Ho wever, any chance Bungay had of an unlikely comeback was snuffed out when Marcus Lovett scored Sizewell's fourth goal, his free-kick from an acute angle beating everyone.
Bungay continued to press in more than 10 minutes of stoppage time, but weren't able to create any further chances.
On Tuesday evening Bungay Reserves won 5-1 away to Norwich Union Reserves, the goals coming from Kevin Riches, Kevin Talbot 2, Matty King and Sam Olley.