First Team Manager: Richard Daniels, assisted by Jeff Rowlands and Nathan Welsby-Burrows.
Pictured after Cyril Ballyn Cup Final win, April 2015
With the Division Two and League Cup trophies after the final game, 25th April
Pictured after Cyril Ballyn Cup Final 2014
Scorer: Shaun Whiteman 2 (2 pens)
TWO penalties early in the second half converted by Shaun Whiteman brought Bungay a winning finale to their season on Saturday – and clinched fourth place in the Anglian Combination division one table.
The Black Dogs were without regulars Dom Mirner, John Riches, Tom Daniels and Sam Olley, but were still too good for a Hindringham side still in danger of relegation.
They created chances in the first half, with the best of them falling to Mark Clay, but he delayed his shot and it was blocked by a defender. Brennan Solomon put an effort just over the top. Aiden Lowe put in a great run down the left and his cross was turned narrowly wide of a post by a defender.
Nathan Wesby-Burrows was also just too high with a well struck effort after good work by Danny Wilby, who himself had a chance deflected wide. Hindringham had their moments and Rob Howes made a great double block when a forward broke clear on the left.
At the start of the second half Josh Knights fired a 25-yard shot just over the bar, but the game turned on two incidents in the 50th and 52nd minute. First Lowe was brought down just inside the area, and Whiteman powered home the spot kick. Two minutes later Lowe broke clear and took the ball round the keeper only to be caught by his trailing led, and again Whiteman converted the spot-kick for his sixth goal of the season. Lowe was injured and took no further part in the game.
Howes grabbed a close range header and also blocked a well-struck free kick, but Bungay saw the game out comfortably, and Wilby got in a good overhead kick which was unfortunately straight at the keeper. A fine ball from Knights put Luke Spear clear down the right but his angled shot was blocked for a corner. For Bungay it was their 10th clean sheet of the season.
Team: R Howes, S Whiteman, C Hunting, M Jones, M Clay (S Thompson-Friend), N Wesby-Burrows, J Knights, B Solomon, L Spear, D Wilby (J Bligh), A Lowe (S Bone).
Scorers: Shaun Whiteman, Dom Mirner, Aiden Lowe
THE Black Dogs ended their 2016-17 home campaign on a winning note as they completed an Anglian Combination division one double over Scole on Tuesday evening.
After a goalless first half in which they squandered numerous chances, they had to come from behind as Will Goulding converted a 54th minute penalty after Brennan Solomon, who otherwise had a good game, felled an opponent in the box.
But Shaun Whiteman, who had gone close on a number of occasions with headers, finally made one count in the 61st minute, converting Josh Knights cross.
Bungay had efforts hit the woodwork and cleared off the line before two goal in the final nine minutes gave them the win their performance deserved. First Dom Mirner volleyed home John Riches driven corner, and within two minutes Aiden Lowe netted his 17th goal of the season as he beat the keeper form a narrow angle after taking a pass from Morgan Jones.
Now a win at Hindringham on Saturday in their final league game will see them finish fourth in the table.
Team: J Bligh, S Whiteman, J Riches, T Daniels, A Meeken, D Mirner, B Solomon (N Wesby-Burrows, D Wilby (M Clay), J Knights, L Spear (M Jones), A Lowe.
Scorers: Brannan Soloman and John Riches
HE Black Dogs’ hopes of taking a rumoured third promotion place from division one of the Anglian Combination this season disappeared with this defeat by rivals Hellesdon on Saturday.
The win clinched that third place for the visitors. In an entertaining game troubled by a stiff breeze a draw would have bene a fairer result, but fourth is the best Bungay now can hope for.
It was Hellesddon who had the first chance of the game, in the seventh minute, as a forward curled a shot just over the angle with Rob Howes out of position. For Bungay Shaun Whiteman headed a corner just wide, before the visitors took a 20th minute lead with a fine curling effort from Jack Hurrell which found the top far corner.
Almost immediately Bungay went close as Mark Clay broke clear and his shot hit a post, with Luke Spear’s follow up blocked. Good work by Dom Mirner set up Aiden Lowe for a long range shot which flew wide. Before the interval Howes made a good save to keep out a snap shot at the near post.
At the start of the second half John Riches saw an effort cleared off the line. Substitute Alex Meeken also went close with a shot that rolled just wide of the far post with the keeper beaten, but the equaliser Bungay deserved came in the 58th minute as Spear’s speed took him to the byline and when his low cross was partly blocked Brennan Solomon volleyed home the loose ball.
The Black Dogs were dominating possession at this stage and Meeken and Josh Knights saw efforts go off target. Lowe netted with a header but the whistle had already gone for offside. Hellesdon were dangerous on the break, and flashed one effort just wide, and hit a post on another occasion, before two goals in the last four minutes clinched the points fore them. First Tom Blake held off a challenge to find the top corner with a good finish, and then Keegan Charlesworth gave Howes no chance with a powerful 20-yard free kick.
In added time Riches did the same for Bungay with a great 30-yard free-kick, but it came too late to salvage a point.
Team: R Howes, S Whiteman, C Hunting, T Daniels, L Spear (D Wilby), J Riches, B Solomon, D Mirner, M Clay (A Meeken), J K nights, A Lowe.
Scorers: Aiden Lowe, Luke Spear
TWO second half goals finally stamped Bungay’s authority on a game which they almost totally dominated on Saturday.
Numerous chances went begging, particularly in the first half, and the woodwork was struck twice, before leading scorer Aiden Lowe struck his 16th goal of the season and Luke Spear grabbed the second.
With Beccles and Bradenham both winning, the Black Dogs now cannot finish in the top two in the Anglian Combination division one, but with rumours that a third promotion spot might be available they have an outside chance of grabbing that. They are only rumours however.
Within 90 seconds Mark Clay took a great ball from Dom Mirner round the keeper but his shot from an angle struck the post and his follow-up effort was cleared. Josh Knights landed a cross shot on the roof of the net, and Lowe had a header taken comfortably by the keeper.
Rob Howes got down well to a low effort in a rare Walsham raid. Soon after Bungay had the ball in the net as Lowe robbed the keeper on the right and squared it for Knights to net, but it was ruled out for offside. Loud appeals for a penalty were ignored by the referee as Mirner was felled in the box, and a great surge forward by Tom Daniels gave John Riches the chance to fire a 20-yard shot just too high, before Daniels sent a 30-yard screamer fizzing an inch over the bar.
The first minute of the second half brought the break through as Lowe lashed a great 20-yard volley past the keeper after a fine ball from Daniels put him clear. Little was seen of the North Walsham attack, though they did float a free-kick across the six-yard box which no one got a touch on.
In the 67th minute Knights rattled the bar with a first time shot from the edge of the area, and Lowe squandered an even better chance as Bungay sought the cushion of a second goal. It finally came in the 75th minute as Spear’s pace won him the ball wide on the right and he cut in to fire a low shot which somewhere crept under the keeper and ended up in the net.
Twice before the end Spear got to the by-line - from one cross Lowe should have scored but put his effort over the bar, and from the second neither Lowe nor Mirner could apply the finishing touch.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting (B Solomon), S Whiteman, T Daniels, D Mirner, J Riches, N Wesby-Burrows (D Wilby) , M Clay (L Spear), A Lowe, J Knights.
THE Black Dogs battled out a goal-less draw with league leaders Bradenham in Saturday to keep themselves in with a chance of promotion from the Anglian Combination division one.
A draw was a fair result of a game in which neither side excelled, but in which both had chances to win it, with the home side going closest and having an effort disallowed for offside in added time.
Bungay started the game well, forcing Bradenham to defend, but the home side also had their moments, with Craig Hunting and Co also having to be alert to quick breaks. Shaun Whiteman put a header over the bar from Josh Knights’ free-kick in the 28th minute, and Bradenham did similarly at the other end. Bungay’s first real chance came in the 40th minute as Brannan Solomon and Sam Olley combined to set up Dom Mirner for a header, but he could not get power behind the effort.
Knights got in a well struck drive, at the start of the second half which was straight at the keeper, and a better chance soon came their way as Solomon played Mirner in, but his shot was deflected for a corner. Mirner found space again soon after only to fire well off target. Knights then played Luke Spear in as a defender hesitated but he was unable to get his shot in.
It was Bradneham who ended the game the stronger, however, and Rob Howes made a great reflex save to keep out one fierce shot, and soon after took a header from a corner.
Two minutes into added time the home side struck a post with an angled shot before netting in the next minute, only for the referee to disallow it after consulting the linesman.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman,. T Daniels, B Solomon, J Riches, N Wesby-Burrows (L Spear), M Clay, D Mirner, J Knights.
Scorer: John Riches
SATURDAY proved a frustrating afternoon for the promotion chasing Black Dogs as they were held to a draw by neighbours Loddon.
Needing every point they can get, Bungay took the lead only to be pegged back, and though thy had greater possession in the second half it was only some fine goal-keeping from Jimmy Bligh which prevented the visitors getting a surprise win. Now Bungay have to rely on teams above them dropping points, with games rapidly running out.
Bligh made the first save of the game from a header following a corner, and when Bungay broke Aiden Lowe was just unable to get the right touch on a Craig Hunting free-kick.
But they took the lead in the 19th minute as Dom Mirner floated in a corner, Hunting went up for it with a defender and the ball broke to John Riches to poke home from close range.
Generally though their play was disjointed, and Loddon were level in the 31st minute as a corner was only cleared as far as Matt Ayre, who drove the ball home from 15 yards. Soon after Riches hooked an effort off the line following a Loddon corner, and Bligh dived to make a fine one-handed save as the defence stood still. From the corner he palmed a goal-bound ever over the bar. As Loddon finished the half strongly the keeper dived again to turn a low shot round the post.
Josh Knights has a good chance for Bungay early in the second half after a good run by Lowe, but his effort was well off target. Riches had a shot blocked after a good build-up and then Mirner was unable to get power on a header from Knights’ cross. As Bungay dominated for much of the second half Riches had another shot cleared off the line, and a low cross from substitute Luke Spear was cut out in the nick of time.
But Loddon finished strongly and in added time Ayre had a great chance only for Bligh to make a great reflex save from his close range shot, and the striker put another good chance over the bar.
Team: J Bligh, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones (M Clay), D Mirner (L Spear), J Riches, T Daniels, B Solomon, J Knights, (D Wilby), A Lowe.
Scorers: Dom MIrner 3, Shaun Whiteman (pen), Danny Wilby
A hat-trick from Dom Mirner paved the way to a clear-cut win for the Black Dogs as they kept their promotion bid on track on Saturday.
It was his second three-goal haul of the season and took his tally to 11 for the season. It was not Bungay’s best performance but they did enough against the Anglian Combination division one strugglers to win comfortably.
Both sides had off-target efforts in the first few minutes of the game and it was the home side who went closest, in the 22nd minute, as a shot from the right angle of the area hit the top of the bar. But Bungay generally had the better of things, though it was not till the 35th minute that they took the lead. Aiden Lowe played the ball into the near post where Mirner turned to beat the keeper form close range. Soon after Mirner set up a chance for Josh Knights, who turned the effort narrowly wide.
Right on half-time the Black Dogs made it 2-0 as Lowe again won the ball well in the area and found Mirner, who again finished well.
He completed his hat-trick in the 59th minute as a good build-up down the right saw Knights set up a simple chance for him to slot past the keeper. Soon after Knights himself should have got on the scoresheet, but with only the keeper to beat again put his effort narrowly wide.
John Riches also had a great chance but the keeper blocked his shot. But with 12 minutes to go Mirner won a penalty as he was tripped surging into the penalty area, and Shaun Whiteman despatched the spot-kick in his usual emphatic style.
With five minutes left Danny Wilby, on as substitute for a now rare appearance, completed the nap hand, scoring at the second attempt as the keeper save his first effort.
However, Bungay’s clean sheet was spoiled a minute later as Todd Coughlan got a consolation for Rovers.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman,. M Jones, D Mirner, J Riches N Wesby-Burrows), T Daniels B Solomon (L Spear), A Lowe, J Knights (D Wilby).
Scorers: Josh Knights, Aiden Lowe 2 (2 pens)
TWO penalties from leading scorer Aiden Lowe earned Bungay a vital win away to Anglian Combination division one promotion rivals Aylsham on Saturday.
They came from a goal down to turn in a fine all round performance, despite being without Shaun Whiteman and Callum Jones, to encourage supporters' hopes that promotion can still be achieved.
And it came despite continuing their recent habit of conceding an early goal. This time it came after just 59 seconds, as a misplaced pass in mid-field set up an Aylsham move which ended in James Oliver curling a fine shot inside the post beyond Jimmy Bligh’s dive.
But the Black Dogs responded well to the set-back and took the game to Aylsham. Mark Clay hooked a half chance over the angle from the edge of the area, but Aylsham went close again in the ninth minute as Bligh did well to scoop a downward header off the line following a free kick.
Lowe got in a snap shot from 20 yard which tested the home keeper, and Josh Knights fired two well struck efforts narrowly over the bar from the edge of the area. Then Dom Mirner had a shot blocked for a corner, before Bligh got down well to save an Aylsham effort.
It was third time lucky for Knights in the 32nd minute as Craig Hunting played the ball into the area and Knights picked it up to fire a controlled shot wide of the keeper for his fifth goal of the season.
As both sides sought an advantage before half-time Morgan Jones blocked a goal-bound effort on the line, before a fine cross to the far post from Knights saw Sam Olley steaming in, only to be unable to get direction on his stretching header.
The Black Dogs certainly had the better of the second half. Brannan Solomon netted in the 48th minute but the whistle has already gone for offside, and soon after a clearance rebounded off the same player but went just wide. Bligh made a fine save to keep out a far post header, and then saved from another well-struck shot. The home side then struck a post in a purple patch.
But Bungay looked good going forward, and two penalties turned the game in their favour. First a defender clawed an effort off the line, and was shown a red card before Lowe converted the resultant penalty. And in the 77th minute the striker produced the same result from another spot kick as Clay was felled as he wove his way into the box.
Bungay created more chances as they looked to make their greater numbers tell, but Aylsham were still in it, and caused an anxious final few minutes as Phil Read made it 3-2 as he curled a shot past Bligh following a quick break.
Team: J Bligh, S Olley, C Hunting, J Riches, M Jones, D Mirner, T Daniels (N Moore), J Knights, M Clay, A Lowe, B Solomon.
ATTLEBOROUGH dealt a severe blow to the Black Dogs’ promotion aspirations on Saturday as they banged in three goals without reply.
Without four regulars – Rob Howes, Craig Hunting, John Riches and Callum Jones – Bungay were usually second best, and giving away early goals in each half did not help their cause. The result leaves them 10 points off the Anglian Combination division one pace with eight games left.
As Bungay again started slowly Attleborough took the lead inside three minutes, Jack Flynn drilling a volley into the corner when the ball was played in from the left, with Jimmy Bligh unsighted. Soon after they went close again with a far post header which went just wide.
Bungay settled, and had a great chance to equalise when a cross to the far post by Brennan Solomon found Dom Mirner unmarked, but he got his shape wrong and volleyed high over.
The home side was causing problems, particularly down the right flank, and missed a good chance from close in following a corner, and went close on a couple of other occasions. For Bungay, Solomon did welt to get his head to a corner in the 35th minute, but could only direct it over the top.
Slack play by the Bungay defence gave Attleborough a chance in the first eight seconds of the second half, but a forward was thwarted as he was about to shoot, and at the other end Shaun Whiteman got his head to a cross from Aiden Lowe, but the keeper saved.
Seven minutes into the half Bungay gave away another goal as Tom Miles raced clear and took the ball round Bligh to score. Whiteman got in a good block to prevent a third goal, but that soon followed as a rebound from an attempted clearance fell kindly to Brad Rivett, and he drilled the ball into the roof of the net.
Whiteman and Mirner were unable to convert half chances for Bungay, and Attleborough almost got a fourth near the end as Miles hit a post in a hectic sequence which saw the Black Dogs' defence keep out two other efforts with brave blocks.
Team: J Bligh, S Olley, S Whiteman, T Daniels, M Jones, D Mirner, B Solomon (S Bone), J Knights, S Campbell, L Spear, A Lowe (N Welsby-Burrows).
Scorers: Aiden Lowe 3, Dom Mirner, Brannon Solomon.
A HAT-TRICK from top scorer Aiden Lowe paved the way for a comprehensive win for the Black Dogs on Saturday.
It helped to banish memories of the previous week’s defeat at rivals Beccles and the three Anglian Combination division one points keep them well in the hunt for promotion.
Bungay made a good start and John Riches tested the keeper early on. Lowe, particularly looked determined to get on the scoresheet and after the keeper had dealt capably with two 35-yard free-kick and the striker had clipped the bar with a curling effort, he put his side ahead in the 29th minute.
He intercepted a pass and took it on to round the keeper and score. The second came in the 40th minute as Lowe and Luke Spear combined to play Dom Mirner in, and he beat the keeper comfortably form 15 yards for his ninth of the season.
For a spell in the second half Holt made a game if it, and Rob Howes made a good save at his near post. But in the 68th minute Shaun Whiteman got to the by-line and his pull-back found Lowe, who turned it neatly past the keeper.
In was 4-0 a minute later as Morgan Jones played the ball into the penalty area and substitute Brennan Solomon side-stepped two tackles to score from close range. Holt went close when a long cross eluded Howes but Mark Clay was on hand to clear.
When Nathan Wesby-Burrows came on for Spear in the final 15 minutes he became the 950th player to pull on a Bungay first team shirt in the club’s 92-year history, and he put two efforts narrowly off target as Bungay continued to dominate. They completed the nap hand in the 88th minute as Josh K nights found Lowe with a superb chipped pass and he coolly completed his hat-trick, to take his season’s tally to 13.
The only thing to mar a good day for the Black Dogs was an eye injury to Nathan Moore which necessitated his going to hospital for treatment.
Team: R Howes, T Daniels, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones, D Mirner (M Clay), J Riches, N Moore (B Solomon), L Spear (N Welsby-Burrows), A Lowe, J Knights.
Scorers: Dom Mirner and own goal.
Beccles Town 6, Bungay Town 2
THIS eagerly awaited derby between the Waveney Valley rivals was expected to be a closely contested affair between two sides well in the hunt for promotion.
But it was effectively all over in the first nine minutes as Beccles ran in three goals, and though the Black Dogs made a game of it after that, it was a disaster for them and leaves them still waiting for their first league win over Beccles for 17 years.
Beccles were quick out of the blocks and David Shade headed them into the lead in the third minute, getting in front of his marker to a left-wing free-kick. Five minutes later it was 2-0 as Joe Clark got a close range touch at the near post to a ball pulled back from the by-line. Within a minute Clark had made it 3-0 from close range from yet another left-wing move.
The Black Dogs were stunned, but they gradually worked their way into the game and Dom Mirner did well to win the ball from the keeper and find Aiden Lowe, but he was crowded out before he could shoot. Rob Howes prevented another Beccles goal with a good block, but the home side got a fourth in the 27th minute as Ray Masters got clear and chipped Howes with a fine effort.
Bungay had a great chance to get one back in the 40th minute as a good move saw Mirner unmarked with the keeper stranded, but his well struck effort was somehow cleared by the outstretched leg if a defender.
The visitors needed an early goal in the second half and they got it after just two minutes as Mirner held off challenges to cut in from the right and beat Danny Cable with a shot inside the far post.
But Beccles were on their game and Craig Hunting and Morgan Jones had to clear shots off the line in quick succession. Josh Knights got in one shot for Bungay which Cable took well, but Beccles git a fifth in the 60th minute as Liam Harvey-Cooper got enough of a touch in a tangle with two defender to send the ball rolling gently over the line.
Seven minutes later Bungay got a second as substitute Darryl Wigger got on the end of a good move and though his first shot was blocked it rebounded off him into the net.
But it was Beccles' day and Howes made two good saves to keep them out before Luke Bailey was found unmarked down the left and he cut in to beat the advancing Howes.
Bungay’s bad day at the office was compounded when Hunting was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Scorers: Dom Mirner, Nathan Moore and Luke Spear
TWO late goals by substitutes finally clinched an impressive win for the Black Dogs against dangerous opponents on Saturday.
Nathan Moore and Luke Spear, with great finishes, put the gloss on one of their best performances of the season, as the defence kept another clean sheet to show why Bungay have the best defensive record in the Anglian Combination division one.
Keeper Rob Howes did well to block a closed range shot at the near post in the opening minutes, but that was the most serious action he had as Bungay took the game to their hosts, who before the game were five points behind them with three games in hand. Aiden Lowe, who the previous week had marked his 100th appearance with two goals, brought a great save from the keeper with a 35-yard free-kick in the seventh minute, and from the resulting corner John Riches’ shot on the turn was narrowly wide.
Callum Jones also had an effort blocked for a corner when put clear, but Bungay moved ahead in the 14th minute as Dom Mirner rose who head home Josh Knights’ left wing corner. Howes took a header comfortably in one Walsham break, and then Callum Jones put Lowe clear, but he mishit his intended chip. Before the interval Lowe worked his way into the penalty area only to see his final effort hit the outside of a post.
The Black Dogs continued on top in the second half and Knights netted in the second minute only for it to be ruled offside. Walsham enjoyed one good spell in which a header flew narrowly wide and a corner went across the six-yard box with no one on hand to turn it in. But the home side’s cause was made harder with 10 minutes left when a player was sent off for a second bookable offence – a hefty tackle which left Knights writhing on the ground.
It ended any resistance from the home side and in the 86th minute Spear put Moore away down the left and he scored with an exquisite chip over the keeper and in off the far post.
Three minute later it was 3-0 as Morgan Jones put Spear away down the same flank and his speed took him clear and he cut in to beat the keeper confidently.
He netted again in the next minute from Mirner’s low cross but was adjudged offside, and Walsham missed a great chance of a consolation as defensive mix-up up left the goal gaping for a forward but from a tight angle his shot ran outside the far post.
Team: R Howes S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones, D Mirner, J Riches (L Spear), C Jones, T Daniels, A Lowe (N Moore), J Knights (M Flute).
Scorers: Josh Knights, Aiden Lowe 2, Thomas Daniels
Bungay kept their promotion bid on track with a 4-3 win against Mundford at the Maltings on Saturday, despite playing the last thirty-five minutes with ten men following the sending off of Ash Davies. In a topsy-turvy game, Bungay led 3-1 at the break and looked comfortable, only to concede two goals in the opening four minutes of the second-half. The sending-off looked to have turned the game in the visitors’ favour, but Bungay regained the lead through Aiden Lowe’s second goal of the game, and did well to hold on for the final half-hour to secure the three points.
Manager Richard Daniels made two changes to the starting line-up from the previous week’s draw at Loddon, with Ash Davies replacing the unavailable Brannan Soloman, and Thomas Daniels preferred to John Riches in midfield. The visitors started the game brightly, and enjoyed most of the early possession, but Bungay gradually worked themselves into the game, with Josh Knights’s left-wing cross just eluding the incoming Lowe, and then Sam Olley’s cross found Davies at the back post, but he shot into the side netting from a tight angle. Bungay took the lead after ten minutes with a simple goal, as Dom Mirner’s cross from the right found Knights unmarked, and he headed firmly past the keeper. Five minutes later it was 2-0, as Callum Jones’s fine through ball put Knights clear, and although his shot was charged down, the ball fell to Lowe on the edge of the area, who beat the keeper with a fine low shot. The visitors pulled a goal back four minutes later, as Mason Thorogood’s cross from the right-wing eluded everyone and ended up in the far corner of the Bungay net.
The Black Dogs continued to look dangerous going forward, and both Davies and then Lowe went close, before Bungay got their third on the half-hour mark, as Knight’s centre was only half-cleared to Daniels on the edge of the area, whose powerful strike found the roof of the net.
If Bungay were looking to build on their lead in the second-half, they received a rude awakening, as the visitors were level within four minutes of the restart. In the opening minute of the half Morgan Jones fouled Thorogood in the box, and Olly Standley fired home the penalty, and then two minutes later the same two players combined for Standley to beat Rob Howes from ten yards. Five minutes later Bungay were reduced to ten after Davies was shown a straight red card for a bad challenge. Bungay reorganised, with Lowe left on his own up front, and four minutes later it was Lowe himself who put the home side 4-3 up, calmly lobbing the keeper after being found by Callum Jones’s chipped pass. Luke Spear replaced Knights, and John Riches came on for Sam Olley, as Bungay defended their lead resolutely, and it was the Black Dogs who went closest to scoring, as Shaun Whiteman’s mishit shot was scrambled round the post by the keeper, and Lowe’s shot was deflected wide.
Howes, Olley (Riches), Whiteman, Hunting, M. Jones, Davies, Daniels, C. Jones, Mirner, Lowe, Knights (Spear).
Scorers: Dom MIrner and Aiden Lowe
THE spoils were shared in this Anglian Combination division one local derby on a muddy pitch at Loddon on Saturday.
Bungay took an early lead but the home side were ahead at the interval, before Bungay equalised with 15 minutes left – a reward for putting the home side under a lot of pressure for much of the half.
The Black Dogs started well, and after Aiden Lowe had got in the first shot of the game, an angled effort blocked by the keeper, in the second minute, they took the lead on three minutes. Lowe found Dom Mirner out on the right with a superb ball, and he cut in to lash an angled drive into the net beyond the lunge of a defender.
As Loddon settled a header from a free-kick flew wide and keeper Rob Howes got down well to take a low effort. Brennan Solomon fired narrowly wide for Bungay, and then a Loddon defender almost conceded an own goal with a clearance that flew just the wrong side of his post in the 24th minute.
But the home side equalised in the 26th minute, Tom Bayliss having time and space to beat Howes when the ball fell to him following a free kick.
And they took the lead 10 minutes later as Stuart Jermy got up well at the far post to head a free-kick just under the bar at the opposite post.
As Bungay had the better of things after the interval Shaun Whiteman saw a shot on the turn jut clear the bar, and a long range effort from Mirner brought a similar result, while substitute Ash Davies was also off target with another attempt.
The best chance came in the 68th minute as a good run and cross from Lowe found Josh Knights unmarked eight yards out, but he put his shot over the bar.
The deserved equaliser finally came in the 75th minute as John Riches headed on a cross and Lowe controlled it and fired low past the keeper from 15 yards. The draw was probably a fair result in stamina sapping conditions.
Bungay: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones (N Moore), D Mirner, J Riches, C Jones, B Solomon (A Davies), A Lowe J Knights.
Scorers: Ali McKenna, Josh Knights, Dom Mirner
The Black Dogs kept themselves well in the promotion hunt on Saturday with a hard won victory in the Maltings Meadow mud on Saturday.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men after half an hour but still presented plenty of problems for Bungay in this Anglian Combination division one fixture, but the win was well deserved for a good team performance.
The visitors started well and after putting a couple of early sighters wide of the mark took the lead in the 10th minute. A good build-up down the left saw the cross find the unmarked Aaron Nixon and he drilled a first time shot inside the far post from 10 yards.
But Bungay were level two minutes later as they won a free-kick on the left and Callum Jones perfect cross found Ali Mc Kenna glancing a header across the keeper for his eighth goal of the season.
Ash Davies fired a shot just wide soon after, and a good run and cross form the right by Dom Mirner found Josh Knights unable to get the right touch on his header. But the only other action of a first half played largely outside the penalty areas was the sending off of Wymondham’s Nixon, apparently for kicking the ball deliberately at the Bungay dug-out after being penalised for a foul.
With their numerical superiority Bungay had the better of the second half. Sam Olley fired wide form the edge of the area, and McKenna met a great cross to the far post by Mirner only for his volley to be miscued.
But a home goal was inevitable and it came in the 58th minute. Mirner again put in a powerful charge down the right and his cross was well controlled and coolly slotted home by Knights.
Wymondham were not done, and their tricky striker, who caused the Bungay defence problems all afternoon, drove in from the left but left himself too tight an angle and his shot found the side netting.
Aiden Lowe, back after injury and on as a substitute, saw a free-kick dip narrowly over the bar in the 75th minute, Callum Jones had a goal disallowed for offside, and another subdtitute Brennan Solomon, had a great chance after taking the ball round the keeper but could not convert. Solomon also had a goal disallowed and more Mirner runs down the right set up other chances.
Finally, with a minute left, Bungay got the clincher. Another good build-up saw Nathan Moore take the ball round the keeper, who then managed to pusk the ball wide, but only to Mirner, who drove a superb first time shot into the far corner of the unguarded net from 25 yards.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones, D Mirner, J Riches (N Moore), C Jones, A Davies (B Solomon), J Knights, A McKenna (A Lowe).
Scorer: Josh Knights 2
TWO goals in five second half minutes from striker Josh Knights brought the Black Dogs a well deserved victory against Attleborough at the Maltings on Saturday.
In their final home game of 2016 they held the edge for most of the game, and the defence limited the visitors to few chances as they kept a second successive clean sheet. Attleborough had lost only twice this season, but could have no complaints about this result.
In fact there was little serious action in either penalty area in the first half. John Riches did net in the ninth minute for Bungay but it was ruled out for a handball, and Attleborough’s first goal attempt did not come until the 26th minute, a tame shot which Rob Howes took comfortably.
Shaun Whiteman retrieved himself with a fine blocking tackle after giving the ball away to set up another chance for the visitors, and another shot flew over right on half time.
Early in the second half the Black Dogs created a chance as Darryl Wigger found Knights in the area, but the keeper blocked his close range shot. Immediately Attleborough broke to set up a chance but Craig Hunting, in his 499th game for the side, averted the danger with a good block.
A fine move down the left led to Bungay taking the lead in the 56th minute. It ended with Callum Jones finding Knights in the six-yard box and his first time flick across the keeper found the corner of the net.
Five minutes later Knights took a pass from Riches 20 yards out, turned his man well and took it on to beat the keeper with a fine finish.
The goals put Bungay firmly in the driving seat, and Dom Mirner saw a low range drive deflected, with the keeper just getting a hand to it to push it round the post. Whiteman’s header from the corner landed in the roof of the net. Then good work by substitute Brennan Solomon, on his debut, set up a good chance for Riches and the keeper did well to grab his shot on the line,. In the 87th minute the keeper turned another shot form Riches, pushed up as a striker, away for a corner.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, a Whiteman, M Jones, L Spear (D Mirner), J Riches, T Daniels, C Jones, S Wigger (B Solomon), J Knights (N Moore).
Scorer: Nathan Moore
NATHAN Moore’s first goal for the Black Dogs was enough to give them another victory on the road on Saturday and keep them in the top four in the Anglian Combination division one.
It came in the 70th minute in a second half completely dominated by Bungay, who could have won by a much more convincing margin. Luke Spear was the man of the match, terrorising the home defence with his speed, and he only lacked a goal to cap his performance.
The visitors edged the first half. Early on Callum Jones struck a great 30-yard drive which the keeper took well, but at the other end Sam Olley made a timely interception to prevent Scole getting in a shot, and then cleared off the line following a corner.
Dom Mirner set up a chance for Ali McKenna but his volley was just off target. Spear’s speed set up a number of opportunities for Bungay but a combination of the keeper and defensive blocks kept them out, and a McKenna shot on the turn flew wide.
In the first minute of the second half Spear was put clear but the keeper advanced to block his effort., Then the winger got to the by-line but the busy keeper cut out his pull back. Then a run and cross from the right by Callum Jones saw Spear hook a volley too high.
While the scoresheet remained blank Scole were still in with a chance and the Bungay defence did well to block two goal-bound efforts in quick succession in one raid.
But Spear remained busy and speedy and was unlucky on one occasion to see the keeper get a hand to a goalbound shot. An effort from McKenna was also turned away.
A goal had to come, and it duly did in the 70th minute., Moore, on for Mirner, picked up the ball 25 yards out and rifled a shot which went in off the far post with the keeper stranded.
McKenna went close twice in the closing minutes as Bungay held on comfortably to their lead, and could easily have extended it.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones, L Spear, J Riches, C Jones, T Daniels (S Forsyth), A McKenna, D Mirner (N Moore).
Scorer: Ali McKenna
The eagerly awaited local derby produced an evenly contested game at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday and a share of the spoils.
A draw was probably a fair result on the day, with the Black Dogs edging the first half and the Wherrymen the second, though both sides had chance to win the game late on. It means Beccles remain three points ahead of Bungay in the Anglian Combination division one table, with Bungay having a game in hand.
Bungay got in the first goal attempt of the game as Shaun Whiteman’s header from Aiden Lowe’s cross was gathered at the second attempt by Danny Cable. Later Whiteman had a volley blocked for a corner following Craig Hunting’s free-kick.
A Beccles effort narrowly cleared the bar in the 22nd minute, before a good Bungay move saw Lowe’s cross into the six-yard box just elude the stretching Ali McKenna. Then a well struck volley from Luke Bailey just missed the target for Beccles.
But the home side continued to see more of the ball and a great move down the right saw Lowe find Callum Jones down the right and his cross to the far post was header just too high by Dom Mirner. But as play swung form end to end Bungay keeper Rob Howes grabbed the ball at the second attempt to foil one raid, and right on half-time Liam Harvey-Cooper got away down the left, but Howes was alert to his shot and turned it away for a corner.
Beccles took the lead in the first minute of the second half as a player was felled in the penalty area and Harvey-Cooper made no mistake from the spot-kick. As Bungay retaliated McKenna headed just wide from John Riches cross, before Harvey-Cooper turned a right wing cross just wide at the other end in the 55th minute.
Lowe headed wide from a free-kick and Morgan Jones tried his luck with a shot which was straight at Cable. Beccles threatened a second as Harvey-Cooper drove a free-kick over the bar, and Howes did well to scoop a low shot away for a corner. But Bungay were well in the game and good work by substitute Darryl Wigger saw Callum Jones shot in the six yard box was straight at the keeper before the ball was hacked away.
The deserved equaliser came in the 75thg minute as McKenna drove the ball home from the edge of the area after two efforts had been blocked.
Harvey-Cooper put a good chance wide for Beccles in the 82nd minute, and Keiron Bale also shot wide form a good position in the 88th minute. But Bungay went close to winning it in added time as a terrific last ditch tackle robbed Callum Jones as he was about to pull the trigger following a good run and cross form substitute Luke Spear.
Bungay: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones, A Lowe (L Spear), J Riches (D Wigger), C Jones, T Daniels, D Mirner (J Knights), A McKenna.
Scorers: Aiden Lowe 2, John Riches, Ali McKenna 2, Tom Daniels, Callum Jones
SOME stunning goals were a feature of the game as the Black Dogs trounced bottom-of-the-table Foulsham on Saturday.
The home side had the audacity to take the lead, but Bungay made light of the conditions and made them pay with some good football which could have seen them reach double figures, but for the form of the home goalkeeper.
The result was a good boost to their goal difference and kept them well in the leading bunch on the Anglian Combination division one.
Bungay took the game to Foulsham from the start and Aiden Lowe, Ali McKenna and Tom Daniels all had shots blocked in the first 10 minutes. Callum Jones rolled a shot just wide of the far post. So it was against the run of play when Foulsham took the lead in their first attack. It produced a corner form which Rich Young rose to head firmly past Jimmy Bligh.
Still Bungay peppered the home goal, with Lowe bringing one great save from the keeper, and Craig Hunting heading a Shaun Whiteman cross wide of a gaping goal.
The inevitable equaliser came in the 26th minute as Lowe side-footed home from 15 yards through a crowded goalmouth when the ball was laid back to him. Three minutes later the Black Dogs were ahead as John Riches squeezed the ball home from an impossible angle after being found by Daniels.
Five goals came in the second half. In the 56th minute McKenna turned the ball past the keeper from Callum Jones low cross, and Tom Daniels soon made it 4-1 with a screamer from all of 30 yards, again after Callum Jones has set up the chance.
And it was Jones again who provided the far post cross in the 66th minute for McKenna to rifle a superb first time volley in off the underside of the bar. Two minutes later Lowe got his second with a powerful first time drive.
It was fitting that Callum Jones should get his name on the scoresheet to complete the rout in the 81st minute, with another well struck long range shot that found the top corner. Riches and the lively Darryl Wigger were thwarted by fine saves by the keeper.
Team: J Bligh, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones, C Jones, J Riches, T Daniels (D Mirner), D Wigger, A Lowe (M Clay), A McKenna (A Davies).
Scorer: Shaun Whiteman (pen)
A CLOSELY contested game at Wymondham on Saturday saw the Black Dogs suffer their second successive Anglian Combination division one defeat.
With news signing Josh Knights from Kirkley starting up front, Callum Jones coming in in mid-field for his first game of the season and Shaun Whiteman returning at the back after being away for three weeks, it was a satisfactory performance by the side but once again they lacked real penetration.
Jones particularly had a good game trying to make things happen, Knights looked busy and two other news signings, Ash Davies from Aylsham and Darryl Wigger from Lowestoft Reserves, both showed promise when they came on as substitutes.
Goalmouth action in the first half was at a real premium with defences on top and much of the play in mid-field, and nothing between the sides. Sam Olley had to clear one Wymondham effort off the line and Bungay’s only effort was a long range one from Aiden Lowe which went wide.
A dangerous free kick from Dom Mirner at the stat of the second half gave Mark Clay at the far post a good chance but he was unable to connect, and Wymondham broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute, Bungay were caught out with a quickly taken free kick and Danny Mace slotted past Jimmy Bligh from close range.
As Bungay retaliated Lowe was just unable to reach a good cross into the six-yard box from Clay, and then Knights was unable to make contact from Mirner’s nod-on from Olley’s cross.
The home keeper made a fine save from a well struck 20-yard shot from Callum Jones. He then made a fine save from a goal-bound shot from John Riches, before Callum Jones struck the bar with another goalworthy drive as the Black Dogs enjoyed a purple patch.
But Wymondham went 2-0 up in the 76th minute as captain Craig Hunting turned a shot into his own net in attempting to clear a low cross from Darren Artherton.
It lifted the home side and Bligh had to make two good saves to prevent them getting a third. A fine tackle by Whiteman prevented a forward getting clear soon afterwards.
Bligh made another key safe before Bungay pulled one back in the 90th minute, Whiteman, in his 200th first team game, blasting home a penalty after Mirner had been felled in the box. But it was too late for Bungay to achieve the draw they probably deserved.
Team: J Bligh, S Olley (D Wilby), C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones, M Clay (A Davies), J Riches, C Jones, D Mirner, A Lowe (D Wigger), J Knights.
A SLOPPY first 20 minutes cost Bungay the points in this top four Anglian Combination contest at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday.
Victory would have seen the Black Dogs go clear at the top of the Anglian Combination division one table – instead a single goal in the 17th minute was the difference between two well matched sides, though Bungay deserved something from the encounter, particularly for their second half performance.
Bradenham started well as Bungay seemed unable to find colleagues with passes, and in the third minute keeper Rob Howes did well to turn over an angled shot soon after a header was deflected wide. Bungay’s first attempt was in the 11th minute, a free-kick which Aiden Lowe struck far too high.
When Bungay gave the ball away in a dangerous area in the `17th minute Bradenham took advantage, with Mick Hook being played clear to beat the advancing Howes with a shot which went in off the far post. Soon after the keeper was equal to another goal attempt.
Luke Spear put a sharp chance over the bar following good work by Lowe and Kevin Riches was narrowly off target with a header as Bungay began to put their game together. Ali McKenna had a shot blocked and Morgan Jones put a header straight at the keeper from six yards.
The home side put the visitors under more pressure in the second half without being able to create clear cut chances, and they were lucky when Bradenbam hit the post following a quick break down the right. Bungay’s best chance came soon after as Dom Mirner rolled a shot wide with the keeper stranded.
Bradenham were still dangerous and when Hook got clear again he rolled the ball wide of Howes but it narrowly missed the far post. Lowe drove a free-kick straight at the keeper and John Riches put a header from a fine cross from Mark Clay over the top from a good position. But sustained pressure in the final 10 minutes failed to bring any reward for the Black Dogs as they failed to score in a game for the first time this season.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, L Henwood, M Jones, L Spear (M Clay), K Riches (D Wilby), J Riches, D Mirner (M Flute), A Lowe, A McKenna.
Scorers: Kevin Riches and Aiden Lowe
THE black Dogs turned in another impressive Anglian Combination division one performance at Hellesdon on Saturday as a goal in each half brought them their sixth win in eight league games.
Luke Spear and Morgan Jones stood out, but it was a competent all round team performance in which everyone played their part. The three points saw them move back level with Beccles at the top of the table, with a game in hand.
Spear tested the keeper in the fifth minute after a good move down the right, and Dom Mirner’s cross from the right caused problems for the home defence, but Ali McKenna could not get his shot away.
But the strong Hellesdon side also put Bungay under pressure, and Jimmy Bligh made one miraculous save to keep out what would have been a tap in. Almost immediately he had to make a blocking save to keep his goal intact.
After coping with a spell of pressure Aiden Lowe went close for Bungay, firing just too high, and Nathan Moore fired wide after being set up by Spear, who then sent a fine cross into the six-yard box, with the ball just eluding Lowe and McKenna.
But the break-through came in the 31st minute as Mirner’s cross was met with a typical thumping header from Kevin Riches to give the keeper no chance. Three minutes later a fine ball from Jones saw McKenna take the ball round the keeper, only to find the side netting from a tight angle.
Craig Hunting and Sam Olley both got in great tackles as Hellesdon applied another spell of pressure. But Bungay started the second half on the attack and the home keeper made a superb save, unlikely to be bettered at the ground this season, to keep out a powerful 20-yard shot from Lowe.
After that both sides created chances in an entertaining game, with Spear prominent in most Bungay attacks. But after Bligh had done well to keep Hellesdon at bay in the 68th minute, Lowe netted at the end of another flowing move, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
Then Hellesdon went mighty close with an effort that beat Bligh but hit the underside of the bar and was hacked clear.
But Lowe finally gave Bungay a cushion in the 75th minute, driving a free-kick from 25 yards low past the wall and the keeper. It took the sting out of Hellesdon, and the Black Dogs saw out the game with relative comfort.
Team: J Bligh, S Olley, C Hunting, J Riches, M Jones (S Campbell), D Mirner, K Riches, N Moore (D Wilby), L Spear (S Thompson-Friend), A Lowe, A McKenna.
Scorers: Lee Henwood & Ali McKenna
THE Black Dogs surrendered a two-goal lead on Saturday to once again bow out of the Suffolk Senior cup at the first hurdle.
The visitors finally made their superiority tell in the second half and deserved to win, but Bungay gave a good account of themselves and if decisions had gone their way could have achieved a better result. Now they are free to concentrate on the league.
The visitors started well and in the 8th minute a header hit the bar, and the followed up was fired wide.
But Bungay striker Ali McKenna, back in the side after being unavailable for four weeks, had a half chance at the near post. John Riches and Dom Mirner both tested the keeper as the home side survived the early pressure, and Luke Spear was put through by a great ball from Aiden Lowe but couldn’t finish.
The Black Dogs went ahead in the 26th minute as Lee Henwood lofted a free-kick from inside his own half and it cleared the crowded area to bounce past the surprised keeper.
Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Mirner found McKenna on the left and he took the ball on to strike of past the keeper.
When Mirner played a corner to the near post in the 34th minute the ball was deflected past the keeper but appeals that it had crossed the line were ignored by the linesman. The Bramford keeper admitted after the game the ball had been a yard over the line.
And just as it seemed Bungay would go in two goals up Craig Hunting committed a foul in the area in the 45th minute and Paul Dodsworth rammed home the penalty.
Lowe went close for Bungay early in the second half, but Bungay had to defend for long periods and hope to score on the break. The equaliser came in the 62nbd minute as Bungay gave away the ball in midfield and a forward got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Harry Evans to score with a simple tap in.
For Bungay Lowe fired a free-kick just too high, but the visitors moved ahead in the 74th minute as Bungay again conceded the ball in mid-field too easily and again Evans took it on to beat the advancing Bligh. The keeper did well to palm away a shot for a corner soon afterwards and from the flag kick a powerful header struck the underside of the bar and the rebound was header over.
Another shot struck a post as the visitors began to dominate, and they made sure of the win in the 88th minute as Bligh blocked one shot but was powerless to keep out the follow up from Jamie Cowan.
Team: J Bligh, S Campbell (M Clay), C Hunting, L Henwood, M Jones, D Mirner (N Moore), J Riches, K Riches, L Spear, A Lowe, A McKenna.
Scorers: Dom Mirner 3, Kevin Riches, Aiden Lowe
Dom Mirner led the way with a hat-trick as Bungay put together their best performance and best win of the season so far at Mundford on Saturday.
There is usually little between these two sides, but this time Bungay dominated the Anglian Combination division one game for long spells, and in the end could have won by more as they looked a different side to the one which suffered its first defeat of the season to Aylsham the previous week.
With Shaun Whiteman unavailable Lee Henwood returned and had a sound game alongside Craig Hunting in defence. But Mundford, missing two key players, started well and Jimmy Bligh had to made a blocking save to keep them out inside five minutes. The Black Dogs created a chance buy Aiden Lowe’s pull-back was behind Mirner. Then Lowe had a shot blocked.
Bligh did well to turn away a well-placed free kick in the 14th minute, but Bungay moved ahead on 23 minutes as Lowe’s pass gave Mirner the chance to side-step his defender and beat the keeper with a low drive from the edge of the area. Soon after Lowe was unlucky to see a snap shot deflected onto the bar.
In the 32nd minute Mirner made it 2-0, turning the ball in from close range when the ball ran loose after her had challenged the keeper from a free-kick. As Bungay finished the half strongly Mirner glanced a header wide from Sam Olley’s cross and John Riches just failed to reach a fine cross from Mark Clay.
Mundford tested Bligh at the start of the second half, but in the 50th minute Kevin Riches thumped a great header into the top corner after Danny Wilby had set up Clay for the cross.
Eight minutes later the home side pulled one back with a close range header from Sam Last from a right wing cross.
Lowe and Mirner had shots blocked before, in the 62nd minute, Lowe scored his fourth of the season with a header from Mirner’s free-kick. It looked as if he had scored again soon after from Luke Spear’s cross with the keeper stranded, but somehow a defender got back to scoop the ball onto the underside of the bar and away.
Mundford missed a golden chance in the 77th minute when a forward missed his kick with the goal gaping. Lowe and Mirner both had further chances before Mirner completed his hat-trick in the 88th minute from a direct free-kick from 20 yards which took a deflection off the wall.
The only thing to mar a good day was when Tom Daniels, who had been substituted following an injury, was red-carded for dissent in the technical area.
Team: J Bligh, S Olley, C Hunting, L Henwood, M Jones, D Mirner, J Riches, K Riches, T Daniels (D Wilby), A Lowe, M Clay (L Spear).
Scorer: own goal
THE Black Dogs' unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Saturday with a disappointing performance against Aylsham.
As well as relinquishing the points they were also knocked off the top of the Anglian Combination division one by rivals Beccles. Nevertheless, in pre-season they would have bene happy with a start of 13 points from the first six games, and it is still early days.
Without the influential John Riches in mid-field and still without striker Ali McKenna, they started well enough. A fine ball by Danny Wilby put Kevin Riches clear in the fifth minute but the keeper turned aside his shot. Then Aiden Lowe put a well struck half-volley just too high.
But Bungay were ahead in the eighth minute. A defender headed a Lowe cross narrowly wide of his own goal and from Dom Mirner’s corner Shaun Whiteman forced the defender to head into his own net at the near post.
Soon after a good run down the right by Mark Clay saw his cross force another corner.
Gradually, however, Aylsham came into the game and Jimmy Bligh had to make a sudden safe from a sharp back header from Craig Hunting. The keeper made another good save soon after following a corner, and the spell of pressure brought Aylsham a 36th minute equaliser as an unmarked Ben Soanes glanced a header past Bligh from a right wing cross.
The keeper made another blocking safe soon after, but Bungay had a chance before the interval, only for Lowe to fire wide under pressure after a good tackle from Kevin Riches put him clear.
Five minutes into the second half Bungay went close to regaining the lead as Clay got in a good cross and Mirner’s header close to the near post glanced just over the bar. Then Wilby had a shot turned away for a corner and Clay’s looping header from the flag kick was clawed away at full stretch by the keeper.
But Bligh had to make an acrobatic save from a goal-bound Aylsham shot in the 55th minute, and a minute later the visitors went ahead as James Oliver beat Bligh at the near post to round off a swift inter-passing movement.
And it was 3-1 in the 67th minute as Bligh put a goal-kick straight to Oliver and he avoided a Whiteman challenge to score a simple goal. Wilby fired one 25-yard effort narrowly over, but the Black Dogs never really looked like pulling back the deficit.
Team: J Bligh, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones, D Mirner (N Moore), K Riches, B Daniels, M Clay (S Campbell), D Wilby, A Lowe.
Scorers: Shaun Whiteman (pen), Kevin Riches, Aiden Lowe
The Black Dogs retained top spot in the Anglian Combination division one table with this comfortable victory over Holt on Saturday.
In the 85th competitive game between the two sides Bungay dominated play, particularly in the second half, and only poor finishing prevented them winning by a much bigger margin.
With Rob Howes unavailable, Jimmy Bligh made a rare appearance in goal, but was rarely drafted into serious action.
Early on Kevin Riches, making his 150th appearance for the Black Dogs, worked his way to the by-line but his pull-back failed to find a colleague in an opening period in which goalmouth action was strictly limited. Aiden Lowe blasted one chance high and wide. The nearest they came to a goal was when Mark Clay made ground down the right and found Danny Wilby in the penalty area. He turned well but hit his shot narrowly wide.
Bligh was called in to make one first half save, turning away a well struck shot from Holt.
The busier home keeper turned an effort from Dom Mirner over the bar, but Bungay finally moved ahead in first half added time as Wilby broke clear but was felled by the keeper, and Shaun Whiteman blasted home the spot kick.
In the second half Kevin Riches was unlucky to see a header from Mirner’s corner just miss the angle of post and bar, before Wilby set up Lowe for a drive that flew just too high. But in the 62nd minute Bungay made it 2-0, Kevin Riches ramming the ball home from close range at the second attempt after a Whiteman effort was blocked.
The third should have soon followed bit an off balance Mirner fired a rebound over the bar from six yards after Kevin Riches had brought a blocking save from the keeper. Twice Clay put golden chances off target and Nathan Moore fired over from a good position. But Lowe got his third of the season, firing across the keeper after working an opening, to make it 3-0 in the 87th minute.
Team: J Bligh, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, M Jones, D Mirner, J Riches, K Riches, M Clay (S Campbell), D Wilby (N Moore), A Lowe.
Scorers: John Riches, Aiden Lowe, Danny Wilby and Mark Clay.
THE Black Dogs moved to the top of the early Anglian Combination division one table with an ultimately comfortable win over Dersingham at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday.
After a goalless first half in which the visitors, relegated from the premier division last season, caused a few problems, Bungay moved ahead early in the second half, but it was not until the final 15 minutes that they really stamped their authority on the game.
And with Scole and Bradenham both losing, they are now a point clear at the top, with neighbours Beccles a point further back in second.
There was little dramatic action the first half in which Dersingham fired a warning shot into the side netting in the first 15 seconds. Mark Clay and Nathan Moore both got in headers following a long cross from John Riches but failed to get power behind them. Kevin Riches did get power behind a header from new Dad Craig Hunting’s free-kick, but it was straight at the keeper. Moore also tested the keeper, and following another Hunting free-kick Dom Mirner’s final shot lacked power.
But all that changed three minutes into the second half as Bungay won a free-kick 20 yards out and John Riches drilled it low past the keeper. A minute later slack defending nearly cost Bungay dear, but Rob Howes fell in the ball to cut out the danger.
Twice Luke Spear’s speed took him clear on goal but each time he was unable to capitalise. Aiden Lowe, on for Moore, fired just over the top after a good run by Spear in the 70th minute, but in the 76th minute a good move down the right saw Kevin Riches lay the ball off for Lowe to fire low past the keeper to give Bungay a cushion.
But Dersingham were back in the game three minutes later as a free-kick to the back post was header back into the six yard box for the unmarked Daniel Pearman to score from two yards.
It perked the visitors up and Bungay had to withstand a spell of pressure. But Kevin Riches tested the keeper with another well struck shot, and in the 85th minute substitute Danny Wilby fired a great 20-yard first time shot past the keeper after John Riches set him up to make the points safe.
Lowe was unlucky to see a shot beat the keeper but come back off the post s Bungay finished strongly, but in added time the Black Dogs made it four as Clay had a simple chance to control and score after Kevin Riches had found Mirner down the right and his cross picked the scorer out.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, T Daniels (S Campbell), L Spear (D Wilby), K Riches, J Riches, D Mirner, N Moore (A Lowe), M Clay.
Scorers: Aiden Lowe and Ali McKenna
THE Black Dogs learned that there is some tough competition in the Anglian Combination division one standing in the way of their promotion aspirations as they were held to a draw by Hindringham on Saturday.
As in the previous two league games so far – against Sheringham and Foulsham - Bungay were the better side and created chances, but the visitors played some good football, were hard to break down, and in the end the home side had to come from behind to share the points – a result which leaves them equal top on points but third on goal difference.
After a quiet opening period Bungay went close in the 11th minute as Shaun Whiteman’s header form Aiden Lowe’s free-kick bounced down form the angle of post and bar and was hacked clear for as corner. From that the ball fell to John Riches, whose snap half volley narrowly cleared the bar.
Scott Sutherland-Gray fired one effort over for the visitors, but Bungay had the greater possession and Nathan Moore brought a fine save from the keeper with a powerful 25-yard drive. Lowe set up a chance for Kevin Riches but his shot curled just too high.
In the 37th minute Ali McKenna had a shot cleared off the line following another Lowe free-kick before Dom Mirner had a good chance, only to shoot straight at the keeper. Kevin Riches found McKenna unmarked in the six-yard box, but three times in as many seconds the keeper blocked his attempts when he should have scored.
Early in the second half the busy keeper turned another shot from Lowe away for a corner, and a diving header from Kevin Riches flew narrowly wide. But the goal Bungay deserved finally came in the 58th minute as Lowe drove a 20-yard free-kick low past the keeper.
Soon after Moore was unlucky to see his powerful header from Mirner’s cross come back off the post. Bungay should have pushed in form there, but instead were shocked by two goals from Hindringham in two minutes.
First a well worked moved ended with Sutherland-Gray beating Rob Howes with a fine first time drive – the first real chance they had created. Then Whiteman was harshly judged to have handled in the area and Daniel Croker converted the spot kick.
Howes had to take a couple of Hindringham shots after that, but Bungay deservedly got back on terms in the 78th minute as McKenna’s header from Sam Olley’s cross landed just inside the post.
And in the 88th minute the home side went mighty close to a winner as Whiteman’s header from Mirner’s cross was blocked on the line, with some believing it had crossed it.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, J Riches, S Whiteman, M Jones, D Mirner, K Riches (D Wilby), A Lowe, B Daniels, N Moore (S Campbell), A McKenna.
Scorers: Ali McKenna 2, Mark Clay
ALI McKenna marked his full debut for the Black Dogs with two goals in the first 20 minutes as they beat Foulsham 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
It brought then their second Anglian Combination division one win in four days, but they had to battle against a side who played some good football but proved very physical.
Bungay were without Craig Hunting, Shaun Whiteman and Aiden Lowe but still fielded a strong side, with ex-Lowestoft striker McKenna making his full debut after coming on as substitute against Sheringhan on Saturday. And he had his first chance insider a minute as he broke though, only for the keeper to grab his shot.
Shortly after Rob Howes had to dash from his line to kick clear from a Foulsham attack. But after Danny Wilby had netted only for the goal to be disallowed for offside, McKenna opened his account in the fifth minute as he took Tom Daniels’ fine through ball and slotted home under pressure from a defender.
Alex Meeken had a chance soon after but couldn’t get his shot away from a good position and could get no power on a follow-up header. But McKenna made it 2-0 in the 20th minute with a well struck low drive after good build-up down the right. Then Nathan Moore drove a shot narrowly wide.
Foulsham went close in the 25th minute when a forward got to the byline and his shot from an acute angle just cleared the far post. But the game was held up for five minutes after a melee broke out amid accusations of spitting by a Bungay player. There were no bookings when the referee finally got things under control, but the incident disrupted Bungay’s flow and Foulsham came much more into the game.
They pulled one back in the 60th minute when a shot deflected off a defender to fox Howes as he was about to take it, and the loose ball was rammed home by Hayden Gibbon.
Bungay had to withstand some pressure after that, but McKenna should have completed his hat-trick when he turned well in the box to beat his man but then fired over the top.
Meeken went close with two free-kicks, but with three minutes left Bungay made the game safe when McKenna found substitute Mark Clay in space and he held off a challenge to score across the keeper.
Team: Howes, S Olley, K Riches, J Riches, M Jones, L Spear (A Campbell), D Wilby (M Clay), T Daniels, A Meeken, A McKenna, N Moore (D Lowe).
Scorer: Alex Meeken
THE Black Dogs got their new Anglian Combination division one season off to a winning start on Saturday, thanks to an 89th minute goal from Alex Meeken.
It was no more than they deserved against a side tipped as strong promotion prospects this season – Bungay dominated for long periods, created several chances, and the visiting keeper was certainly the busier.
Richard Daniels’ side looked well balanced and focussed, and kept going to the end on a warm afternoon in front of a good first day crowd. Daniels said afterwards Bungay were the better side over the 90 minutes and there were some very positive signs all round, with defenders Craig Hunting, Shaun Whiteman and Sam Olley immense and Like Spear’s speed a constant worry to Sheringham.
Early on Kevin Riches put in a good run down the left but his pull back only found a defender. And the side went close in the 11th minute as Aiden Lowe, who had an impressive afternoon, won the ball well on the left, cut in and brought a blocking save from the keeper, with Danny Wilby’s follow-up being clear off the line by a defender.
Kevin Riches then set up an opening for Wilby with some clever work but his first time shot was over the top. Shortly after Wilby fired narrowly wide as Bungay showed some good approach play.
The visitor’s best effort came in the 27th minute when a 20-yard free-kick curled over the top, before Nathan Moore’s shot after more good work form Riches was blocked.
Sheringham went close with two efforts near half-time, but Bungay continued in the second half as they finished the first and in the 54th minute a superb ball from Lowe put the speedy Luke Spear clear, but he delayed his shot as the keeper advanced and the chance was gone.
Home keeper Rob Howes got down well to a low drive when Sheringham attacked, before the Sheringham keeper made a flying save to turn over a goal-bound drive from Lowe in the 62nd minute, and eight minutes later made another great stop to turn away a Lowe free-kick.
That was followed by Sheringham’s only real spell of pressure which saw Howes twice get down to make good saves and Tom Daniels headed away at the near post. Then a backwards header only just missed the post.
Bungay had appeals for a penalty turned down in the 82nd minute as new signing Ali McKenna, on for Moore, went down in the area. But with a minute of normal time left the goal Bungay richly deserved came as Lowe found Meeken on the edge of the area and he side-stepped a defender to drill a low shot past the diving keeper.
In added time Lowe rammed an angled show against a post, and in the 94th minute he worked an opening for Kevin Riches to fire narrowly over.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, T Daniels, K Riches, J Riches, A Lowe, L Spear, D Wilby (A Meeken), N Moore (A McKenna).
Scorers: Dom Mirner 2, Danny Wilby
Scorer: Mark Clay
Scorers: Dom MIrner and Mark Clay
Scorer: Alex Perrin
THE Black Dogs completed their first season back in division one of the Anglian Combination with a well-deserved point at North Walsham on Saturday.
The point almost certainly guarantees fifth place in the table for them - a great result in the circumstances and one which should give them a good platform to challenge seriously for promotion next season.
They achieved the draw despite having a seriously depleted side out. There were just five regular first teamers in the side and three of those – keeper Rob Howes, captain Craig Hunting and Shaun Whiteman – were carrying injuries which restricted their movement. Howes was unable to kick the ball.
But those who came in from the Reserves gave a good account of themselves, particularly Tom Edwards and Nick Stride, and Steve George when he replaced Hunting at the interval.
Edwards in fact got in the first shot of the game after only 15 seconds but it was over the top. However, it was not long before Bungay took the lead as Hunting floated in a free-kick and teenager Alex Perrin beat the keeper with a downward header in the sixth minute.
Whiteman got in a timely tackle when Walsham threatened, and for Bungay Sam Bone tried an overhead kick which was off target. As played moved from end to end Walsham played a ball across the six-yard box with no one on hand to turn it in, and Howes made a good save to block a close range shot. For Bungay Stride put Edwards clear with a fine pass but the keeper came out to block his effort. Whiteman put a couple of headers over the top from corners.
The closest Walsham went was a shot which came back off the post and was cleared.
The home side had the better of the second half and Howes did well, to clutch the ball under pressure in one attack, before Leo Jackson equalised on the hour, heading home from a corner,. Two other efforts flew just wide as Walsham, put on the pressure, and Ryan McFadden cleared a shot off the line..
But Bungay did have chances and in one quick break Bone saw an effort diverted wide.
Team: R Howes, J Baynes, C Hunting (S George), S Whiteman, R McFadden, T Edwards (M Holmes), H Stride, P Fuller, T Griffiths (S Payne), A Perrin, S Bone.
Scorers: Sam Bone and Jamie Mirner
BUNGAY’S final home game of a generally successful first season back in senior football ended in disappointing defeat to Wymondham Town on Saturday.
Again with an under-strength side, they could not get their football going on a bumpy second pitch, and though they had an even share of the play, Wymondham looked the more potent going forward.
Bungay’s Sam Bone got in the first shot of the game but it was straight at the keeper, and Bungay had another chance on 19 minutes following John Riches’ cross. Alex Perrin lifted the ball over the keeper, causing a goal-line scramble before Bone’s goal-bound shot seemed to strike a team-mate before being cleared for a corner.
Bungay keeper Jason Downing made a great point-blank stop when Wymondham looked certain to score, but the visitors did go ahead in the 26th minute with an overhead kick from Liam Moriaty which crept just inside the post.
Danny Pennell made it 2-0 soon after with a bullet header from a perfect right-wing cross, but Bungay pulled one back a minute later with a close range header from Bone after Dom Mirner had headed on a cross.
At the start of the second half a good move ended with Kevin Riches poking a shot just wide but, after Moriaty had curled a shot narrowly over the bar, Wymondham made it 3-1
in the 56th minute with an unstoppable shot from Sam Stalker when the ball was played back to him.
Moriaty made it 4-1 in the 87th minute, but Bungay got a second consolation in added time when a combined move ended with substitute Jamie Mirner turning the ball past the keeper from close range.
Team: J Downing, J Baynes, C Hunting, R McFadden (P Fuller), S Campbell, A Perrin, J Riches, K Riches, D Mirner, S Bone (J Mirner), D Wilby (B Wilson).
A BIG crowd at the Maltings Meadow on Wednesday evening saw Bungay go down 3-1 to promotion favourites Waveney in an Anglian Combination division one fixture.
The visitors led 2-0 at the interval, but Bungay had the better of the second half and with a little more luck and composure could have made the final 20 minutes very interesting.
It was generally a good performance by the Black Dogs, who should still finish in the top six in their first season back in senior football.
Waveney took the lead in the 15 minute as a player got away down the right. Bungay had chances to clear his low cross but the ball finally found Sam Shepherd two yards out for a tap in.
On another occasion Craig Hunting and keeper Sean Payne combined to thwart the dangerous Bradley Hough. Bungay’s front men Harley Pluck and Sam Bone struggled to make an impact against the big Waveney defence, but the keeper had to grab the ball quickly when Bungay threatened from a corner.
In the 35th minute Waveney made it 2-0 as Hough scored with a close range overhead kick following a corner. Bungay’s best chance in the first half came in the 42nd minute as Bone and Sam Olley combined down the right and Bone side-footed Olley’s low cross just wide.
Waveney made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute with a 25-yard pile driver from John Jarvis which Payne got his hand to but could not keep out.
After that Bungay had the better of the half. Dom Mirner fired one effort narrowly wide before, in the 56th minute, he got to the by line and got in a good cross which John Riches converted with a looping header into the top corner from 15 yards.
Hunting put a header wide and the keeper made a good save low down from Dom Mirner. With five minutes left substitute Jamie Mirner got in a header which the keeper dived to scoop away amid appeals that the ball had crossed the line.
Tem: S Payne, S Olley, C Hunting, R McFadden (J Baynes), S Campbell, D Mirner, J Riches, K Riches, N Causton, S Bone (M Holmes), H Pluck (J Mirner).
Scorers: Alex Perrin, Sam Bone, Dom Mirner
THE Black Dogs fielded a depleted team on Saturday but they still completed the double over struggling Hindringham with a comfortable 3-0 victory in the rain at the Maltings Meadow.
Without keeper Rob Howes, and with Nathan Causton, Ryan McFadden, Sam Olley and Luke Spear all injured or unavailable, they got off to a great start with a goal inside 90 seconds, and in the end could have won more comfortably.
The three points keeps them in with a chance of finishing in the top four in the Anglian combination division one, though promotion is now out of their reach.
The make-shift line up started well, and within 90 seconds Harley Pluck headed on a cross into the penalty area from Craig Hunting and Alex Perrin beat the keeper from close range at the second attempt for his fourth goal of the season.
Shortly after Perrin seemed to be felled by a defender on the byline, but the referee waved away strong appeals for a penalty. Then a good ball from Dom Mirner put Pluck away down he right, but his cross curled out for a goal-kick.
Sean Payne, standing in for Howes in goal, made a good save with his feet to keep out a rare Hindringham raid, and Bungay soon increased their lead in the 27th minute. A good move saw Mirner and Jaymel Baynes combine down the right and Sam Bone swept home Baynes’ low cross for his first goal for the first team.
In the first minute of the second half Mirner’s cross close to goal was just too far ahead of Bone, who landed in the back of the net himself, and at the other end Payne got down well to save a low strike.
Perrin saw another effort cleared off the line by a defender, but in the 50th minute it was 3-0 as substitute Matt Holmes, on at half-time for the injured Pluck, shielded the ball before crossing into the danger area where Mirner turned the ball past the keeper from close range for his 12th of the season.
Hindringham gave a better account of themselves in the second half, and one cross landed on the face of the bar before being cleared, while another strike grazed the top of the bar.
But Perrin had a chance for Bungay soon afterwards, his shot being blocked for a corner by the keeper, and then he looked to have scored when his well judged chip to the far post hit the woodwork and seemed to have crossed the line before it was hooked clear, and the referee allowed play to continue.
Payne made a good blocking save at his near post from one firm Hindringham shot before Dan Lowe replaced Perrin, to make his 150 appearance for the first team.
Before the end John Riches curled a free-kick narrowly over the bar, and then had a good chance only to try to beat his man rather than shoot and the chance was lost.
Team: S Payne, J Baynes, C Hunting, S Whiteman, S Campbell, D Mirner, J Riches, K Riches, A Perrin (D Lowe), H Pluck (M Holmes), S Bone (P Fuller).
A GOAL eight minutes from time won this local derby for Loddon at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday.
Until then the game looked like ending in an uninspiring goal-less draw and a share of the Anglian Combination division one points – which would have been a fairer outcome. As it was, the Black Dogs, without suspended captain Craig Hunting, were beaten for the third time in four games.
And their misery was compounded when Dom Mirner was sent off after the final whistle for something he said to the referee.
Loddon got in the first shot of the game but it was off target, as was Shaun Whiteman’s hook shot from John Riches’ free-kick in Bungay’s first raid.
But the visitors generally has the better of the first half, and glanced one header wide from a corner, before Rob Howes got down well to turn away a low goal-bound effort, and Nathan Causton has to make a great last ditch tackle to prevent another forward pulling the trigger. Howes clutched a free-kick, and Loddon went even close in the 32nd minute as a cross into the six hard box bobbled towards goal before being nicked away for a corner.
Bungay finally worked the Loddon keeper with a long cross which he clutched under the bar in the 40th minute and as the Black Dogs finished the half well Mirner’s stretching shot as the keeper advanced was blocked, as was Sam Bone’s follow-up.
Bungay had the better of the second half. Kevin Riches just failed to get on the end of a long free-kick in the 56th minute, before setting up Harley Pluck, who shot straight at the keeper from the edge of the area. Then K Riches got his head to a Mirner free-kick but could not direct it on goal.
Alex Perrin then had a chance but the keeper blocked his effort. But it was the visitors who got the vital breakthrough in the 82nd minute as a free-kick was only half cleared, and an attempted clearance struck M Flute and rebounded into the net.
Soon after a timely tackle from Whiteman prevented another goal attempt for Loddon. Bungay’s final effort saw Mirner and substitute Dan Andrews almost break through, only to be thwarted by the keeper.
Team: R Howes, N Causton, S Whiteman, R McFadden, D Wilby, J Riches, K Riches, S Campbell (J Baynes), D Mirner, S Bone (H Pluck), A Perrin (D Andrews).
Scorer: Dom Mirner
The Black Dogs’ hopes of promotion from division one of the Anglian Combination took a hefty blow with this comprehensive defeat at Stalham on Saturday.
The second placed team scored three times in each half to complete a 12-goal double, having won 6-0 at the Maltings Meadow earlier in the season, and are now favourites for the step up.
Nothing went right for Bungay, who were second best in all departments, and had captain Craig Hunting sent off early in the second half for a second bookable offence. But they were already 4-0 down.
The home side got in the first sweri9ous shot of the game after nine minutes but Rob Howes took it well, and Bungay went close in the 12th minute. A Dom Mirner corner caused problems in the six yard box and Ryan McFadden, Sam Bone and Shaun Whiteman were unlucky to see shots beaten out by the home defence. With the strong breeze behind them Bungay had two free-kicks in promising positions and from the second Mirner’s effort was just too high.
But Stalham were fast and determined, and after Howes had made another good save they went ahead in the 23rd minute, Darren Patterson finding space eight yards out to head down into the bottom corner from a right wing cross. Howes made another good save low down from another free-kick soon afterwards.
Harley Pluck struck a long range effort only just too high for Bungay, but it was 2-0 as Bungay conceded a free-kick on then edge of the area and Darren Miller struck it low to find the net in off a post in the 38th minute. Three minutes later Dan Tindall headed the third from a left wing cross.
Bungay needed a strong start in the second half but got the reverse as Stalham made it 4-0 in the 52nd minute with a simple header from Patterson from a corner. Soon after Hunting was second off for his second booking for a foul.
But the side galvanised themselves and had had their best spell of the game, but it came to nothing and a fine angled volley from Tindall made it 5-0.
Bungay finally got on the scoresheet with 12 minutes left as the hard-working Mirner was on the end of a good move to beat the keeper from close range for his 11th goal of the season. But Stalham completed the scoring two minutes from time through Ryan Beeson.
So Bungay’s promotion hopes are virtually over. But they can be satisfied that in their first season back in senior football thy have been in contention for most of the season. And Saturday defeat was only their fourth in the league away from home in 29 games – a remarkable record.
Team: R Howes, N Causton, C Hunting, S Whiteman, R McFadden (S George), S Olley, J Riches, D Mirner, A Perrin (L Spear), S Bone (D Wilby), H Pluck.
Scorers: Dom Mirner 2, Harley Pluck
A FINE second half performance brought Bungay a deserved win at Hellesdon in the Anglian Combination division one Saturday.
They had gone ahead against the run of play in the first half, only for the home side to equalise, but with 20 minutes to go they suddenly found their form and two goals in the last seven minutes were no less than they deserved, to keep their outside chance of promotion alive.
Hellesdon showed their intentions inside the first minute as they fired in a shot from an angle which Rob Howes turned over the bar for a corner. Bungay struggled to make headway in the opening period, and Ryan McFadden was in the right place to clear off the line from a goal bound header.
But the Black Dogs took the lead in the 15rth minute as Sam Olley crossed to the far post, Kevin Riches headed back into the danger area and Dom Mirner rose to put his header into the bottom corner.
Harley Pluck had a header deflected for a corner but Hellesdon were still having the better of things and sent a powerful volley narrowly wide from the edge of the area before they deservedly equalised in the 34th minute. A bad bobble and some misunderstanding gave Glen Spooner the chance to lob Howes from the edge of the area.
Mirner had a chance just before the interval with the keeper out of position but his shot was deflected or a corner.
Goalmouth action was at a premium early in the second half, though Hellesdon fired narrowly wide and for Bungay, John Riches put a 30-yard free-kick over the top, and Kevin Riches controlled the ball soon after, dinked it over his marker and volleyed narrowly wide from the edge of the area.
As Bungay finally found their form and some flowing football, Pluck turned well to fire just wide, Olley rolled another effort just the wrong side of a post, John Riches hit the top of the bar with another great strike, before Mirner and Pluck combined for Mirner to just clear the bar from the return pass.
The purple patch continued, and with seven minute left Kevin Riches ball over the top of the defence saw Pluck coolly lob the keeper from the edge of the area. Pluck headed a free-kick wide before, in the final minute, Mirner used his strength to surge into the area from the left past three challenges to fire the third past the keeper form eight yards. Hours later Lukaku took a leaf out of his book to fire an almost identical goal for Everton against Chelsea.
Team: R Howes, N Causton, C Hunting, S Whiteman, R McFadden, S Olley, J Riches, K Riches, A Perrin (S Bone), D Mirner, H Pluck.
Scorer: Harley Pluck
A LAST minute goal from Scott Barnard won this keenly contested Waveney Valley showdown for Beccles at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday.
This eagerly awaited local derby, the 125th meeting between the traditional rivals, had plenty at stake, with both in the running for promotion from the Anglian Combination division one and it was rough justice on Bungay – who rued squandering a number of good chances, particularly in the first half.
They probably deserved a draw, but it was Beccles who enhanced their promotion chances in the end in front of the biggest Maltings Meadow crowd of the season.
The Black Dogs took the game to Beccles from the start. As early as the second minute a well worked corner saw Dom Mirner cross for Alex Perrin to side foot over the bar, and soon after the same combination saw Perrin head just wide.
And in the eighth minute another good move saw Luke Spear cross for John Riches’ header to beat keeper Dan Cable only for Jon Lovelock to clear off the line. Harley Pluck put Perrin clear but his early shot from the edge of the area was off target, and Kevin Riches then set up Pluck, who also failed to work the keeper from a good position.
For Beccles, David Shade put two long range free-kicks over the top, but Bungay continued to have the better of things and K Riches had a shot deflected for a corner and from the flag kick put his header over the top. A header over the top from John Remblance was the nearest Beccles came.
Bungay should have been ahead at the interval, and as so often happens, Beccles took the lead two minutes into the second half with a bit of good fortune. A low cross into the area saw Mirner stretch his leg to the ball only to see it roll wide of Rob Howes for an own goal.
Soon after Remblance missed a great opportunity for a second for Beccles as, with Howes out of position he lifted his shot narrowly over the open goal from the edge of the area.
But the Black Dogs drew level in the 55th minute as Mirner harassed Eagle into dropping the ball wide on the left of the penalty area, and when he crossed Pluck was there to head into the unguarded net against his former club.
Cable clutched a header from Craig Hunting from a free kick but Beccles were much more in the game in the second half, and Shade headed narrowly wide from Remblance’s cross in the 65th minute. But at the other end Spear and Perrin both had efforts blocked as Beccles defended desperately. At the other end Liam Harvey-Cooper put a good chance narrowly wide.
Mirner had two chances as Bungay went for the winner but neither troubled the keeper. With eight minute left Thomas Griffiths replaced Spear and his first touch was to turn a shot agonisingly wide of the far post with Cable beaten, before K Riches’ far post header was equally close but off target.
And Beccles won it with a sucker punch in the 90th minute as a move down the right stretched the home defence and Barnard hooked the ball over Howes, to the delight of the travelling supporters.
Teams: Bungay: R Howes, N Causton, C Hunting, S Whiteman, R McFadden, L Spear (J McFarlane), J Riches, K Riches, D Mirner, H Pluck, A Perrin (T Griffiths).
Scorer: Shaun Whiteman
AN entertaining game with both sides having spells on top ended all square at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday and kept both sides still in with a chance of promotion from the Anglian Combination divisions one.
The Black Dogs took an early lead but it was cancelled out before the interval by a harsh penalty decision, and though the visitors had more possession in the second half, the home defence, well marshalled by captain Craig Hunting, dealt well with the pressure.
With an unchanged side, Bungay started well and were ahead inside eight minutes as Hunting’s free-kick for a foul on Dom Mirner saw Shaun Whiteman guide his header into
the top corner of the net.
Soon after a good move gave Mirner the chance to set up John Riches but he sided footed his shot just wide. Alex Perrin put Luke Spear away down the left but he was crowded out as he cut in. Bradenham’s response was a long range effort well taken by Rob Howes. Two other efforts by the visitors were narrowly off target.
A good cross from Sam Olley was palmed away by the keeper and John Riches shot was deflected over the bar. From the corner another shot was blocked before Mirner’s attempt was deflected against the bar with the keeper beaten.
But the visitors came more into the game and Whiteman cleared his lines when a player cut in from the left, and another shot was deflected for a corner.
John Riches and Perrin saw shots beaten out in the next Bungay attack, before Howes made a great blocking save when Bradenham created their best chance. But the equaliser came in the 35 minute when Kevin Riches was harshly judged to have handled by the byline. Even the visitors were surprised at the decision, but Nick Hook gave Howes no chance with the spot kick.
Bradenham started the second half ell and put a long range effort wide, saw Whiteman snuff out danger with a last ditch tackle and then test Howes with a shot on the turn. Hunting also made a vital tackle while on the ground to avert more danger.
Bungay went close again when Whiteman saw a great header land on top of the bar in the 69th minute, and Olley volleyed into the side netting. Harley Pluck, on for Perrin, put a header just wide from Spear’s cross in the 75th minute, and seven minutes from time Olley glanced a header wide from another Spear cross, but a draw was a fair result.
Team: R Howes, N Causton, C Hunting, S Whiteman, L Spear, S Olley, J Riches, K Riches, R McFadden (J Doughty), D Mirner, A Perrin (H Pluck).
Scorers: John Riches, Luke Spear, Shaun Whiteman
THE Black Dogs turned in probably their best performance of the season to claim a convincing win over third-placed Sheringham on Saturday and maintain second place in the Anglian Combination division one.
The three goals came in an 11-minute spell toward the end of the first half – and all were well worked and well taken to see Bungay complete a double over their opponents, who they beat 5-4 at home.
They played some great football from the start on Saturday, taking the game to Sheringham and causing the defence considerable problems. Alex Perrin got to the by-line on one occasion but his pull back was blocked before it reached the waiting Dom Mirner.
But in the 26th minute Perrin again got to the by-line and thus time his pull-back found John Riches on the edge of the area, and he controlled it and stroked the ball low into the corner of the net.
Immediately Rob Howes made a great save from a fierce close range shot to keep his side ahead and Sam Olley completed the clearance. And in the 30th minute it was 2-0, as a move involving John Riches and Perrin set up Luke Spear, who took it on to calmly beat the keeper just inside the post – his first goal for the first team.
Mirner put a long range effort over the bar before, in the 37th minute, Olley retrieved Mirner’s free-kick when it cleared everyone and when he put it back in the danger area Shaun Whiteman controlled it and stabbed a low shot past the static keeper.
As Bungay continued to dominate Kevin Riches put Perrin clear down the right but his finish was well off target, and then Mirner’s head-on out Perrin clear but the keeper saved.
Early in the second half Perrin had a chance, but he shot weakly instead of passing. At the other end Howes did well to catch a long cross under pressure. Whiteman headed a Mirner cross wide from a good position in the 66th minute, and from a Mirner corner J Riches brought a good save from the home keeper with a wells struck volley.
As Sheringham tried to make a last effort they put a header wide, Howes made a good save to turn a diverted shot round the post and then a volley following a corner just cleared the bar. Spear almost wove his way through for Bungay but the keeper grabbed the ball to snuff out the intended shot.
Team: R Howes, N Causton, C Hunting, S Whiteman, R McFadden, S Olley, J Riches, K Riches, L Spear, A Perrin (S Bone), D Mirner.
Scorers; Pluck, K Riches
A 92nd minute winner from Kevin Riches gave Bungay a win they barely deserved against plucky Foulsham at the Maltings on Saturday. The three points were enough to move them back to second spot in the Division 1 table, but they will have to be much sharper when they visit third-placed Sheringham tomorrow.
With Ryan McFadden, Joe McFarlane and Nathan Causton all unavailable, Bungay started with an unfamiliar line-up, with Jamie Mirner alongside Hunting and Whiteman in a back three, Justin Doughty retaining his starting place in midfield, and Pete Fuller partnering Harley Pluck up front. Playing with the strong wind behind them, Bungay started strongly, twice going close in the first five minutes, as first Dom Mirner cut in from the left but his shot was saved, and then Fuller turned and shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box. Then Fuller and Riches combined to set up a chance for Pluck, whose shot was saved. Although Bungay continued to have the bulk of the possession, the visitors looked dangerous on the break, and J Mirner and then Whiteman had to be alert to block through balls.
Bungay went close again after 20 minutes, as Pluck's shot from ten yards out was deflected behind, and from the resulting corner K Riches headed just wide. However it was 1-0 three minutes later, as Dom Mirner found space in the box from Sam Olley's quick throw-in, and centred for Pluck to finish in the corner of the net.
Bungay continued to press, and they forced a series of corners, from one of which Hunting's header and K Riches's follow-up shot were both cleared. At the other end the visitors broke quickly down the right-hand side but Bungay just managed to divert away the cross into the box.
Four minutes into the second-half good play between D Mirner and Fuller set up another chance for Pluck, but his shot was scrambled away. Now playing with the wind, Foulsham were coming more into the game, and they went close after 57 minutes, as a forward reached the byline and squared for a colleague to shoot from ten yards, but Bungay's defence did well to block both the initial shot and the resulting rebound. Pluck again went close for Bungay when his shot was turned round for a corner, from which Hunting headed just wide. Pluck then shot just over the bar after a fine run and pass from J. Riches.
Bungay were made to pay for their missed opportunities when Foulsham equalised after 74 minutes. The visitors forced a corner, which Bungay failed to clear, and when the loose ball fell to Matthew Barwell eight yards out, he fired past Howes in the Bungay goal. Bungay dominated possession in the last 15 minutes as they chased a winner, but were unable to create a clear-cut chance, and the game looked to be heading for a draw until D Mirner's 92nd minute corner to the near post was headed in to the roof of the net by K Riches.
Howes, Olley, Hunting, Whiteman, J Mirner, D Mirner, K Riches, J Riches, Doughty (Sub: Bone), Fuller, (Sub: Campbell), Pluck
A single goal midway through the second half brought Bungay an Anglian Combination double over their neighbours on Saturday.
The Black Dogs dominated the game and crested several good chances, but it was new striker Harley Pluck who clinched the points with a good finish from eight yards – before going off with what appeared to be a hamstring strain.
As early as the fourth minute Bungay had a chance as Dom Mirner’s shot was blocked and he could not quite work an opening when the ball came back to him. Ryan McFadden got in a goods tackle to prevent Poringland breaking through, and later they put a header just over the bar.
But it was mainly Bungay in the ascendancy and in the 27th minute they put together a fine sweeping move which ended with Justin Doughty’s header into the path of Mirner carrying just too much weight. Then Mirner got in a shot on the turn that was straight at the keeper.
Pluck put a good header form Kevin Riches cross just over the top, while keeper Rob Howes’ only serious action of the first half was a comfortable save at his near post.
The second half was almost totally one-way traffic towards the Poringland goal. Mirner caused problems in the penalty area without being able to force the ball home, and John Riches fired narrowly wide from 20 yards when a ball into the box caused problem. Joe Macfarlane was also just off target after a good cross form Sam Olley and the home keeper made an impressive save from a goal-bound header from Pluck before K Riches powered a header an inch over the bar.
But the break-through came on the hour as Pluck swept home first time a low cross into the box from Craig Hunting.
The busy home keeper made a superb save to somehow keep out a close range shot from Olley, Shaun Whiteman volleyed wide from a head-on from Hunting’s free-kick, before a good ball from substitute Tom York put K Riches clear and his effort beat the keeper only to crash back off the bar.
Before the end the keeper made another fine save to turn away a great shot from John Riches.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, R McFadden, S Whiteman, J Macfarlane (T York), K Riches, J Riches, J Doughty (P Fuller), D Mirner, H Pluck (S Payne).
Scorer: Dom Mirner 2
IN their first game for a month the Black Dogs made a winning start to their 2016 programme at Holt on Saturday.
Their last game had been a 3-0 home defeat to the same side so revenge, brought about by two well taken goals from Dom Mirner, was sweet, and well deserved on the day, which saw new signing Harley Pluck, signed from Beccles Town, made his debut.
Mirner lined up alongside him up front and the partnership shows signs that it could develop into an effective force, and help Bungay continue their promotion aspirations in the Anglian Combination division one.
After some even exchanges Bungay took the lead in the 12th minute as John Riches found Mirner with a good ball wide on the right and he cut in to beat the keeper with a low drive from an angle. Shortly after Justin Doughty sent in a 25-yard pile driver which was straight at the keeper.
But the home side equalised in the 22nd minute as the Bungay defence failed to deal with a free-kick and Matthew Hudson scored from eight yards.
Luke Spear found Pluck with a good ball and the striker’s first time drive was deflected on to the post by the keeper and back into his arms. Holt went close with a header and then Rob Howes made a fine save, blocking a shot in a one-on-one situation when a back pass fell short.
Then Bungay were unlucky not to regain the lead with a tremendous 30-yard lob volley from Joe MacFarlane which dipped over the keeper but hit the bar. And they struck the woodwork again soon after, this time Mirner taking Pluck’s pass and hitting the outside of the post from a narrow angle.
Bungay regained the lead right on half time as Pluck again found Mirner wide on the left and again he beat the keeper with a drive from an angle.
Bungay continued to have the better of things in the second half, and early on Riches was only just wide with a 30-yard drive, before Pluck headed a Riches cross over the top. A misplaced pass gave Holt a rare sight of goal but the shot hit the post.
With 16 minutes left Sam Olley netted from close range from Craig Hunting’s free-kick, but the referee ruled it out for hand-ball by another player.
With four minutes left Holt went close with a header, but it was a relatively comfortable win for the Black Dogs.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, R McFadden, J Doughty (N Causton), J Riches, J MacFarlane (P Fuller), L Spear, D Mirner, H Pluck.
THE Black Dogs slumped to a surprise defeat by lowly Holt at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday in their final game of 2015.
Three first half goals were their downfall, and though they completely dominated the second half they were able to create few clear-cut chances against a resolute Holt defence.
It was a disappointing end to the first half of the season for Bungay on their return to the Anglian Combination division one, but they should still be satisfied with their overall performance. Following promotion they are currently in the top three in division one table, and though they have played more games than the teams around them they have adapted well, and can look forward positively to the New Year.
On Saturday they gave a debut to 16-year-old Ben Fowkes, signed form Lowestoft Town, but he had few chances to show his capabilities as the visitors scored twice in a four minute spell. In the 14th minute Jacob Doy was put clear and he took the ball on to beat the advancing Rob Howes.
Four minutes later it was Doy again, scoring from two yards as Bungay failed to clear a free-kick.
Fowkes fired one effort narrowly over the bar from 20 yards as Bungay retaliated, and John Riches tested the keeper with another long range effort. But with five minutes left before half-time Holt made it 3-0 as the defence again failed to clear from a thrown in and Lee Clarke converted the loose ball.
Dom Mirner put a free-kick straight into the keeper’s arms, Kevin Riches headed a corner straight at the keeper when well placed, and Shaun Whiteman put another header wide before half-time.
Whiteman had another chance early in the second half but the high bouncing ball beat him before he drilled in a fine 30-yarder which the keeper did well to turn over the bar. As Bungay dominated Ryan McFadden put Fowkes clear but his lob over the keeper was wide. Soon aafter the keeper blocked another shot from Fowkes.
With 13 minutes left Mirner put another chance over the bar, and two Kevin Riches headers failed to alter the score. The nearest Bungay came was a lob from Nathan Causton which hit the angle of post and bar and was cleared.
Team: R Howes, N Causton, C Hunting, S Whiteman, R McFadden (A Perrin), L Spear, K Riches, J Riches, D Mirner, S Bone (J Mirner), B Fowkes (J Macfarlane).
A WIND assisted goal just after half-time was enough to end the Black Dogs' six-game unbeaten run at wet and windy Aylsham on Saturday.
There was little to choose between the two sides, but Bungay’s inability to take advantage of the wind behind them in the first half proved their downfall and Aylsham just about deserved the points – emphasised by the fact that keeper Rob Howes was probably Bungay’s man-of-the-match.
The Black Dogs started well, with good work by Luke Spear, Alex Perrin and Dom Mirner created half chances which were blotted out by the home defence with some difficulty. The keeper dropped one shot form Shaun Whiteman but grabbed the loose fall before Danny Wilby could take advantage.
Aylsham had a spell of pressure and Howes had to be alert to a number of dangerous corners, while one long range effort was not far wide of the target, before Wilby fired narrowly wide from a good position at the other end. But clear cut chances were few between two well matched sides.
The decisive goal came two minutes into the second half as Will Abbs’ intended long cross from the left was floated into the top far corner of the net with Howes stranded. Shortly after another Aylsham effort narrowly cleared the bar.
For Bungay Ryan McFadden fired over the bar, before a good move saw Spear cross low into the six-yard box with no one on hand to get a touch. Then a good run by Sam Olley saw Spear bring a diving save from the keeper.
But Howes was the busier keeper, and twice made great saves with his legs when goals looked certain, and then dived to turn away a fierce drive for a corner, as Bungay’s long balls into the wind proved largely ineffective. In the end Aylsham saw out the game fairly comfortably, though the Black Dogs maintained second position in the Anglian Combination division one table.
Team: R Howes, N Causton, C Hunting, S Whiteman, R McFadden, S Olley, L Spear, J Riches, D Mirner, D Wilby (M Holmes), A Perrin (J Macfarlane).
Scorers: Matt Holmes 2, Craig Hunting
THREE goals in a seven-minute spell late in the game brought the Black Dogs their fourth successive Anglian Combination division one victory on Saturday.
Super-sub Matt Holmes grabbed two of them at the windswept Maltings Meadow in an entertaining game between two well-matched sides looking for promotion, but it was Bungay who made the better of the conditions in the end to move within three points of top-placed Waveney, though they have played more games.
The game started badly for them, however, as they found themselves a goal down inside three minutes as they started against the wind. A wind-assisted cross caused problems, the defence failed to clear it and Jack Crane pounced to beat Rob Howes from 10 yards.
Bungay had a chance to equalise as Luke Spear broke clear after winning the ball well, but the advancing keeper blocked his shot. Then confident appeals for a penalty were turned down when Alex Perrin was felled in the box as he tried to round a defender. A booking for Perrin for an alleged dive seemed harsh.
Howes took a number of long range shots comfortably but it was Bungay who were creating the better chances, and Kevin Riches saw a fierce low drive blocked by the defence after being set up by Perrin.
At the other end Howes conceded a corner to relieve the danger when the defence got in a muddle, but Bungay went close again when a free-kick caused a goalmouth scramble in which several players had shots blocked before the ball was finally cleared. When K Riches netted with a typical header, it was ruled out for offside.
Walsham started the second half well and forced a number of corners which were well defended. But with the wind at their backs the Black Dogs gradually took the ascendancy, and the keeper did well to turn a goal-bound header from K Riches over the bar. Dom Mirner headed wide from John Riches' long throw and from another throw from the same player Shaun Whiteman had a header deflected for a corner.
Then, with 14 minutes left, Holmes replaced Ryan McFadden in a re-shuffle and he equalised two minutes later. A good run by Spear gave Mirner a shooting chance and when the keeper parried his low shot Holmes was there to score from close range.
Five minutes later Bungay were ahead as captain Craig Hunting’s free-kick from 40 yards out on the left touch-line beat everyone to nestle in the bottom corner. Two minute later the keeper made a hash of a clearance against the wind and Holmes scored with a great opportunist lob from distance into the unguarded goal – his fourth goal as substitute in three games.
It completed a highly commendable performance in difficult conditions by the Black Dogs.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, L Spear, R McFadden (M Holmes), K Riches, J Riches, D Mirner, D Wilby (S Bone), A Perrin (N Causton).
Scorers: Alex Perrin 2, Joe McFarlane, Kevin Riches
THE Black Dogs maintained their second place in the Anglian Combination division one table with a victory at Hempnall on Saturday that was not quite as clear cut as the scoreline suggests.
The hosts were a far better side than the one Bungay trounced 13-0 at Bungay early in October, and in the second half had more shots on goal than Bungay did. But four well taken first half goals had put the visitors in a comfortable position and they seemed happy to hang on to that after the interval.
Interim player manager Craig Hunting and assistant Alan James kept faith with the side which won 6-1 at Foulsham the previous week, but early on Hunting had to clear an effort off the line as Hempnall started well. Later Hempnall put a volley narrowly wide before Rob Howes had to turn away a well struck shot for a corner.
But Bungay took the lead in the 16th minute as 17-year-old Luke Spear found 16-year-old Alex Perrin on the edge of the area and he scored with a fine low shot on the turn inside the post.
The goal woke Bungay up and Joe McFarlane had a shot cleared off the line after another good run and cross by the lively Spear. Hempnall blasted a good chance wide, and then struck the bar with a shot on the turn that had Howes beaten.
But after the flurry Bungay again moved to the other end to make it 2-0 in the 30th minute. Danny Wilby and Spear combined for Sam Bone to put in a header that was blocked, Perrin had the loose ball blocked by a defender but scored with a header when the ball looped to him with the keeper on the ground.
Four minutes later Wilby’s free-kick was half cleared to McFarlane, who scored from 12 yards. At this stage the Black Dogs were on top and Wilby was desperately unlucky to see his goal-bound drive turned away in spectacular flying father by the keeper.
The fourth goal came right ion half-time as Kevin Riches scored from close range when Bone intelligently dummied Wilby’s low corner.
The second half was largely a non event as Bungay seemed content to contain Hempnall, who marginally edged the 45 minutes. Howes was tested on several occasions and Hempnall also put efforts wide. Bungay substitute Dom Mirner was just unable to get fully on the end of a great cross to the far post from fellow substitute Matt Holmes. Before the end Howes was called on to make a brave save at the feet of a forward as Hempnall looked to grab a consolation which they probably deserved.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting (J Riches), S Whiteman, R McFadden, L Spear, K Riches, J McFarlane, S Bone (D Mirner), D Wilby (M Holmes), A Perrin.
Scorers: Alex Perrin, Kev Riches, Joe McFarlane, Matt Holmes 2, own goal
YOUNG players from the club’s U18 squad are being given a chance in the Bungay first team and a couple of them again showed their potential on Saturday in a comfortable victory on an uncomfortable pitch at Foulsham.
Luke Spear again caused panic to the defence with his speed in running at defenders and Alex Perrin, in his first start, also showed some good touches and got on the scoresheet to lift the Black Dogs closer to the top of the Anglian Combination division one.
They will profit from the experience of such senior players captain Craig Hunting, Shaun Whiteman and Danny Wilby, and with several squad regulars unavailable it is comforting to know there are Black Dog pups eager to show what they can do.
Struggling Foulsham gave Bungay few problems, and in the fifth minute the keeper made a good save from Kevin Riches following a Perrin free-kick. At the other end Rob Howes did well to punch clear under pressure, but the Black Dogs were mainly in the ascendancy and Sam Bone, on his debut after some good performances in the Reserves, found Spear in space only for the keeper to divert his effort for a corner.
In the 13th minute Bone and Spear set up Wilby for a tap in only for him to somehow pull his shot wide, but Bungay went ahead in the 25th minute as a good run and cross from the right by Spear gave Perrin the chance to score from six yards.
Nine minutes later it was 2-0 as Perrin’s corner caused problems and the keeper blocked two shots before Riches got the final touch to score.
Howes had to turn two long range shots over the bar and Foulsham should have scored on half-time, only for a forward to pout a free header over the bar.
Early in the second half Joe McFarlane put Spear clear but the keeper blocked his shot. But McFarlane got the third in the 63rd minute. Ryan McFadden, who had another fine game, took a throw in, Spear crossed and Wilby laid it back for Mcfarlane to stoke the ball home from 12 yards.
Matt Holmes replaced Bone and soon made it 4-0, turning in a low cross from Spear. Elliot Jackson pulled one back for Foulsham with a lob over the advancing Howes in the 73rd minute, but two minutes later Holmes made it 5-1, side-footing into the roof of the next following a free kick.
Holmes almost set up another for Wilby, before Bungay completed the scoring in added time as Wilby’s quickly taken free kick was turned past his own keeper by a defender in a desperate attempt to clear. In the final minute Foulsham had a player booked, and then sent off for dissent.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, R McFadden, L Spear (J Horton), K Riches, J McFarlane, D Wilby, S Bone (M Holmes), A Perrin (J Baynes).
Scorers: Kev Riches 2, Dan Andrews, Dom Mirner, Shaun Whiteman
THE Black Dogs won a highly entertaining nine-goal thriller at a sodden Maltings Meadow against the Shannocks on Saturday.
In a game in which the score yo-yoed and attackers stretched defenders to the limit it was a welcome contrast to the goalless draw supporters witnessed the previous week, and Bungay certainly deserved to take the points in interim joint managers Craig Hunting and Sean Payne’s first victory.
The pace of Luke Spear and Dan Andrews, in his first start of the season, caused big problems for Sheringham, whose wide men equally stretched the home defence. But apart from the goals, Bungay had the better clear cut chances, particularly in the second half.
In the first minute an effort by Shaun Whiteman, back after a month’s injury lay-off, was almost diverted over the keeper by a defender. Danny Wilby tested the keeper with a volley from the edge of the area, and in another concerted attack the visitors finally cleared the ball with difficulty as Bungay made a good start.
They went ahead in the 20th minute as good work down the left by Sam Olley and John Riches ended with Dom Mirner pulling the ball low across goal for Kevin Riches to side foot home.
But Sheringham were level two minutes later as Shane Cox stole in to head home a corner from six yards. And they took the lead in the 37th minute with a stunning volley from the edge of the area from Chris Fuller which game Rob Howes o chance.
But in an open, flowing game Bungay equalised two minutes later as J Riches long throw caused more problems and Andrews beat the keeper from eight yards. In added time K Riches took a free-kick quickly, catching out the home defence, and Mirner headed into the roof of the net to regain the lead for Bungay. But there was still time for Sheringham to equalise again.
Howes made a good save at the expense of a corner, but the ball pinged about in the area from the flag kick before Cox was there again to apply the finishing touch.
Olley put a chipped shot just too high at the start of the second half after good build-up play by Mirner and Andrews, but the Black Dogs went ahead again in the 55th minute as Andrews played a corner to John Riches and Whiteman headed his cross powerfully past the keeper.
Four minute later Bungay gave themselves added breathing space as K Riches dived to head home after more good football down the left from Spear, Mirner and Wilby.
Bungay continued to create chances, with Mirner putting an effort to high and both Andrews and later his substitute Alex Perrin firing inches wide in one-on-one chances. Whiteman also tested the keeper from the edge of the area, but as the game flowed Howes made a good save low down from a shot through a crowded goal-mouth, the visitors put a long range kick wide, Howes also turned a header over the bar and the visitors then hit the bar with a well struck effort.
Wilby, Mirner and Olley had chances before Howes made two good saves in quick succession. And Sheringham pulled one back in the 89th minute as a quick counter-attack saw Roy Bevis score from close range. But Bungay held on for a deserved win.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, L Spear, D Mirner, K Riches (S Campbell), J Riches, R McFadden, D Andrews (A Perrin), D Wilby (J Doughty).
THE Black Dogs fought out their first home goal-less draw for six years at a breezy Maltings Meadow on Saturday against Hellesdon.
They had the larger share of the play and often looked good going forward in the first game in charge for joint interim managers Craig Hunting and Sean Payne, but they were rarely able to seriously work the Hellesdon keeper.
With home keeper Rob Howes also rarely called into direct action, it resulted in Bungay’s second successive draw in the Anglian Combination division one. A bright spot was the performance of young Luke Spears on his full debut – his speed and trickery often troubled the visitors defence, and he looked the most likely to cause a break-through in a game in which goal-mouth action was at a premium.
Hunting put in a good tackle early on to take the sting out of an early Hellesdon goal attempt, before Spears put in a good run down the left, only for his final cut-back to be cut out. Then another good run by Dom Mirner set up a half chance fir Spears, but he mishit his shot.
The Black Dogs went close in the 40th minute as Hunting’s far post header was cleared off the line and a follow-up effort blocked. Kevin Riches netted from Mirner’s free-kick but the flag had gone up for offside., and on the interval Howes came off his line to save when a Hellesdon forward broke clear.
At the start of the second half Mirner headed narrowly wide, while Hellesdon also went close in a raid soon after, before their wide man landed a cross on top if the crossbar. In added time Howes made a good save low down from a shot for which he was probably unsighted.
Nathan Causton came on as substitute for his first game after a long lay-off, and Dan Andrews came on for his first first team action of the season.
Team: R Howes, J McFarlane (N Causton), C Hunting, J Riches, S Campbell, S Olley, K Riches, R McFadden, D Mirner (D Andrews), D Wilby, L Spears.
Scorers: Kevin Riches and Ryan McFadden
A goal deep into added time salvaged a point for Bungay at Wymondham on Saturday in a game they should have had won much earlier.
Most of the drama in this Anglian Combination division one encounter was concentrated in the final 15 minutes after the home side had led with a first half goal. But the Black Dogs, missing several players, were certainly worth at least a point.
They dominated the first 20 minutes. Ryan Mc Fadden drove a low shot narrowly wide in the second minute, Kevin Riches put a header straight at the keeper from a free-kick, and then Dom Mirner put another free-kick narrowly wide with the keeper stranded.
The home side’s first effort on goal was a cross-shot in the 24th minute that was narrowly wide of the far post, and then Bungay keeper James Shaw had to made a great double save when Wymondham again caused problems down the right.
Mirner should have done better for Bungay with another header, before Wymondham went ahead completely against the run of play as the defence failed to clear the ball properly and Jodi Peacher, who had a short spell with Bungay last season, lashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Before the interval Aiden Lowe was wide with a long range effort, K Riches saw a header deflected for a corner, and when Mirner put Lowe clear he pulled his shot wide as the keeper advanced. Danny Wilby brought a fine save from the keeper with a well struck volley.
At the start of the second half Craig Hunting landed a cross on top of the bar, before powering in a header which brought an acrobatic save from the home keeper. But at the other end Shaw made two great blocks in quick succession and McFadden dived to head a goal-bound effort off the line as Wymondham threatened.
But Bungay were worth an equaliser and it finally came after the home keeper made a save from a header and then turned aside McFadden’s follow-up. From a Mirner corner A Lowe flicked the ball on for K Riches to score from two yards.
But straight from the kick-off Wymondham regained the lead as a lack of communication in defence ended with Darren Arterton’s shot taking a deflection to loop over Shaw into the net.
Shaw had to come off his line to boot clear in another Wymondham attack, but Bungay laid siege to the Wymondham goal and in added rime it paid off. Mirner played in another free-kick which the keeper turned on to the bar and McFadden thrust himself forward to nod in the rebound. The goal was vehemently protested by the Wymondham team, who surrounded the referee, resulting in their keeper being sent off for dissent and their club linesman being booked.
Team: J Shaw, S Olley, C Hunting, J Riches, D Lowe (S Payne), L. Houghton (B Wilson), K Riches, R McFadden, D Mirner, A Lowe, D Wilby.
Scorer: Aiden Lowe
MANAGERLESS Bungay gave as good as they got against Anglian Combination division one leaders Waveney before falling to two late goals on Saturday.
They were slightly unfortunate not to get something from the game, their first since manager Tim Clarke resigned. At 1-1 they had chances to go ahead, and it was generally a good team performance which would have encouraged anyone looking to take on the squad.
Kevin Riches put a header just over the bar from Craig Hunting’s free-kick in the first minute, and at the other end Hunting made a timely interception to cut out a threat from the home side.
The Black Dogs went close in the 25th minute when a shot on the turn from Lee Houghton brought a fine save down at the near post form the home keeper. Waveney broke immediately and James Shaw made an equally good save, coming from his line to block a shot from Bradley Hough when he broke clear.
The the home side went ahead in the 32nd minute as Hough won the ball wide on the right and took two steps forward before curling a shot inside the far post.. But Bungay were on terms nine minutes later as a cross field ball found Dom Mirner on the left, his lob over the keeper came back off the bar but Aiden Lowe was on hand to score from the rebound. Before the interval K Riches put another header narrowly over.
Within 30 seconds of the restart Lowe forced a save from the keeper with an angled shot, before Waveney were off target with a couple of efforts. Stu Campbell made a great block to thwart Hough as both sides had chances.
A long range effort form the home side skidded narrowly wide and then Shaw made a superb save from a fiercely struck shot, diverting it on to a post. The ball ran along the goal-line with no one on hand to turn it in.
Later Waveney struck a post with a header, but with six minutes left a good build-up by Bungay created a chance, but Lowe was crowded out in the act of shooting. And Waveney took play to the other end to regain the lead as Sam Shepherd scored at the far post. Two minutes later it was 3-1 as Kevin Gowing beat the offside trap to take the ball round Shaw to score. Before the end Shaw made another brave save in a one-on-one situation, and Bungay finished with 10 men as Houghton went off with a dislocated shoulder.
Team: J Shaw, J Mcfarlane (J Baynes), C Hunting, J Riches, S Campbell, D Mirner, K Riches, R McFadden (F Goodwin-Wright), L Houghton, A Lowe, D Wilby (L Spear).
IT is 16 years since Bungay won a Suffolk Senior Cup game, and that wait goes on for another season after Grundisburgh won a clear-cut victory at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday in the first round of this year’s competition.
The Black Dogs got off to a dreadful start, finding themselves 2-0 down in 17 minutes and they never really recovered., It was only in the final stages of the game they they caused serious threat to the visitors goal, and though the final scored slightly flattered Grundisburgh, there was no doubting which was the better side on the day.
Bungay were without Shaun Whiteman, likely to be missing for six weeks with shin splints, and last week’s four-goal hero Paul Bliss started alongside Craig Hunting at the heart of the defence. But it was breached after only two minutes as Mo Fike found space in the box to head home from a corner.
The closest Bungay came in the first half was a Hunting free-kick which just missed the far post with no one able to get a touch, and Grundisburgh went 2-0 up in the 17th minute as Steve Morris tucked away a simple chance from a low cross from the right. And Morris got his second before half-time. Joe Shaw,in for the unavailable Rob Howes, did well to turn over a dangerous free-kick, but from the corner hesitant defending saw the striker nick the ball home at the far post.
Bungay needed a quick response in the second half to stand any chance and it nearly came in the opening minute at the end of their best move of the game, ending with Bliss, pushed up front, seeing his shot at the far post from Dom Mirner’s cross blocked away by a defender.
Kevin Riches put a header wide, but any hopes if a come-back were extinguished in the 53rd minute as Fike rifled in a low drive from the edge of the area.
Mirner finally brought a save from the visiting keeper with a low drive that he managed to turn away for a corner at full-stretch, and then he thwarted Fionn Goodwin-Wright when he broke through, turning his effort away for a corner.
Riches put Bungay’s best chance over the bar from a good pull back by Goodwin-Wright, and Bliss saw the ball smothered at his feet as he went to shoot as Bungay found a bit of form.
But the visitors completed the nap hand in the last minute as Ben Prime scored with a far post header from a long cross.
Team: J Shaw, S Olley, C Hunting (J Mirner), P Bliss, S Campbell (D Burgess), D Mirner, K Riches., J Mcfarlane (R Mc Fadden), L Houghton, A Lowe, F Goodwin-Wright.
Scorers: Fionn Goodwin-Wright 2, Paul Bliss 4, Dom Mirner 3, Sam Olley, Kevin Riches, Danny Wilby 2
BUNGAY ran up the second highest score in their 90-year history against luckless neighbours Hempnall on Saturday – and so celebrated Non-League Day in style.
It is their biggest score for 65 years, equalling the 13-0 win over Electricity in the Norfolk and Suffolk League on February 7, 1948, and bettered only by the 15-0 victory against Halesworth 87 years ago, on May 4, 1928.
Against Electricity they scored 10 in one half – on Saturday they managed nine in the second half as they gave their goal difference a shot in the arm and maintained their third place in the Anglian Combination division one table.
The visitors, a shadow of the side which almost won promotion to the premier division last season, never gave up, but the game was one way traffic almost from start to finish as Paul Bliss hit four, Dom Mirner three, with six players in all on the score sheet.
The pattern was set from the third minute as Mirner crossed low form the right for Fionn Goodwin-Wright to side foot home first time from inside the six yard box. Two minutes later Kevin Riches surged into the box and when the shot was blocked Bliss banged home the loose ball.
On 23 minutes Sam Olley’s pull back gave Mirner plenty of time to pick his spot. Hempnall put a rare chance over the bar from a free-kick, and after Bliss had hit a post, the fourth came in the 41st minute as a cross field move led to Olley scoring from two yards.
It was 6-0 within four miunutes of the second half restart. First another slick move down the right involving Olley, Goodwin-Wright and Kevin Riches ended with Bliss side-footing Riches low cross home, and then Goodwin-Wright got his second after good build-up from Bliss and Riches.
Manager Tim Clarke threw on all three subs – John Riches, Ryan McFadden and Danny Wilby - to give them good game time, and the goals continued to flow. Mirner made it 7-0 with a good shot on the turn following good work by J Riches, and on 60 minutes K Riches thumped a trade mark header home from J Riches’ corner.
Three minutes later Bliss completed his hat-trick, and Wilby took the score into double figures on 65 minutes with a spectacular scissors kick which looped into the top corner.
Bliss soon got his fourth as he moved on to a long range ball out of defence to beat the keeper. Mirner then completed his hat-trick after K Riches had won the ball to divert it into his path to make it a round dozen.
To their credit Hempnall never gave up and went close with a header which was just off target. But Wilby completed the rout with an impressive strike from the edge of the area after a lay-back from Bliss.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman (R Mc Fadden), S Campbell, K Riches, J McFarlane (D Wilby), L Houghton, D Mirner, P Bliss, F Goodwin-Wright (J Riches).
Scorers: Kev Riches, Joe McFarlane, Dom Mirner, Shaun Whiteman (pen)
THE Black Dogs showed their battling qualities on Saturday as they came back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to grab the points with two goals in the last four minutes.
After that they survived a mystifying 10 minutes of added time to confirm the win in an entertaining game which saw them move up to third place in the Anglian Combination division one.
It did not look as if that would be the outcome as they started slowly and found themselves 2-0 down in the first 15 minutes. In only the third minute the home defence failed to clear the ball decisively from the six-yard box and Mark Gaskin just beat a defender to the ball to poke it past Rob Howes.
Another Aylsham effort just cleared the bar and they also tested Howes with another well struck shot before they went 2-0 up in the 15th minute. James Oliver was given acres of space down the right and he gleefully took the ball on to bang it past Howes.
Aiden Lowe netted for Bungay after one good move, but it was ruled out for offside. As they finally began to win more possession Kevin Riches was unlucky with a thumping header from a corner which brought a reflex save from the keeper. He put another header from a corner just wide, and Joe Mcfarlane had a shot blocked, then landed a header on top of the net as Aylsham had to do more defending.
But the breakthrough came in the 36th minute as Dom Mirner swung over another corner and this time Riches buried his header into the corner of the net. Right on half-time the Aylsham keeper had to turn a high bouncing free kick from Craig Hunting over the bar, and from the corner Shaun Whiteman hit the top of the bar with a header.
At the start of the second half Howes made a good save from Will Abbs after a solo run, but Bungay equalised in the 57th minute. Whiteman’s header from a free-kick was beaten out by the keeper but Mcfarlane was on hand to bang the loose ball into the roof of the net for his 50th goal for the club.
Again the game swung towards Aylsham as they regained the lead against the run of play in the 65th minute. Bungay lost the ball carelessly in mid-field and Abbs capitalised by lifting the ball over Howes under pressure from Whiteman.
Mcfarlane scooped a header over the bar form close in from Mirner’s free-kick, before Howes made a great blocking save when Aylsham threatened again. But the momentum was with Bungay against the side which had beaten them 4-1 in the cup three weeks earlier, and equalised with four minutes left. A long cross was headed across goal by Paul Bliss and Mirner nipped in to head home off the underside of the bar.
As the game moved into added time Mirner was brought down in the area and Whiteman blasted home the penalty for the winner.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, L Houghton (D Wilby), D Mirner, J Mcfarlane (R McFadden), K Riches (F Goodwin-Wright), D Burgess, P Bliss, A Lowe.
Scorers: Paul Bliss and Aiden Lowe
A GOAL in each half brought Bungay their third Anglian Combination division one win of the season in front of a big 90th anniversary crowd.
It should have been more - the Black Dogs completely dominated the game but failed to take more of their numerous chances, and there will have been some of the many ex-players there for the occasion who might have felt they could have converted some of them!
But it was a satisfying victory for the side and their first clean sheet of the season against the team they lost to in the club’s very first game back in September, 1925.
Paul Bliss again played up front and he got his first goal for the club after just four minutes, heading home a Dom Mirner corner. Mirner himself had a chance soon after but could not quite work a shot under pressure, and then the visiting keeper made a fine save to turn over a blockbuster from Aiden Lowe.
Poringland tested Rob Howes with one shot, but Bungay enjoyed the bulk of the possession. Mirner fired too high from Fionn Goodwin-Wright’s pull back, Shaun Whiteman saw a header clutched by the keeper and Lowe tested the keeper with another long range strike.
Goodwin-Wright then had a chance but a defender forced him wide, and then he headed over form Lee Houghton’s cross in the 30th minute.
Craig Hunting made a great block to cut out danger in a rare Poringland sortie, and Bliss had the best chance of the half when Lowe put him clear, but the keeper grabbed the ball after blocking his first effort. Just before the interval Bungay put together a great move and the keeper did well to turn Joe Mcfarlane’s shot away for a corner.
The second half continued in the same pattern. Bliss had a shot blocked, Kevin Riches put a header just over the angle of post and bar, but at the other end Howes had to make a diving save to keep his side in front from a low shot on the turn.
The busy Poringland keeper saved from Riches and Mirner, and Bliss and Goodwin-Wright could not convert other chances before, in the 75th minute, the second goal finally came, Lowe getting his fourth of the season with a netr flick from close range following a corner. Before the end Sam Olley tested the keeper again and Bliss should have scored when clear, but his lob was clutched by the keeper.
Team: R Howes, S Olley, C Hunting, S Whiteman, L Houghton (D Burgess), K Riches, J Mcfarlane (R McFadden), A Lowe, D Mirner, P Bliss, F Goodwin-Wright (J Riches).
Scorer: Shaun Whiteman
BECCLES just edged an entertaining local derby under the College Meadow lights on Wednesday evening to take the Anglian Combination division one points.
In the first league encounter between the Waveney Valley rivals for more than 13 years, two goals in two minutes midway through the second half from new signing Joe Clarke settled a hard fought but fair match in front of a bumper crowd of nearly 300.
Bungay led at the interval and at that stage deserved to be ahead but the home side managed the pace better, and in a game in which both sides had spells of ascendancy saw out the game comfortably.
The Black Dogs, with Aiden Lowe, Kevin Riches, Dom Mirner and Fionn Goodwin-Weight back in the side, started well and went ahead after just seven minutes as Shaun Whiteman headed home a left wing corner. Shortly after Riches almost got on the end of a curling cross form Joe Mcfarlane, and Mirner fired a long range shot not too far off target.
Beccles had a spell on top and James Bemment forced Rob Howes into an acrobatic one handed save with a 30-yard drive. Then Harry Booker got clear down the left, but pulled his shot wide. For Bungay, Lowe was just off target with a header from a good position following a free-kick.
Luke Bailey drove a shot wide for Beccles at the start of the second half, before Paul Bliss put Goodwin-Wright clear for Bungay, but he shot wide as Danny Cable advanced.
Clarke was involved in much of Beccles best attacking play, and after he had fired one chance wide he equalised in the 60th minute, losing his marker to head home a corner. Two minutes later he put his side ahead with what proved to be the winner, getting away down the right and beating Howes with an angled shot inside the far post.
Lee Houghton’s tackle saved another dangerous situation fir Bungay, whose final effort was a volley form Lowe which flew just wide. Manager Tim Clarke threw on all three substitutes, Danny Wilby, Dan Burgess and John Riches in the last 10 minutes – but Beccles took the points in this first Beccles-Bungay league encounter since February 16, 2002.
Beccles: D Cable, A Mutimer, H Booker, J Lovelock, M Fiske, J Remblance, J Bemment, E Udell (G Milton), J Clarke L Bailey, J Shreeve.
Bungay: R Howes, S Olley (D Burgess), C Hunting, S Whiteman, L Houghton, K Riches, J Mcfarlane (D Wilby), A Lowe, D Mirner, P Bliss, F Goodwin-Wright (J Riches).
Scorer: Lee Houghton
Scorers: Dom Mirner, Aiden Lowe, Shaun Whiteman (pen)
The Black Dogs got back to winning ways in the North Norfolk sunshine on Saturday as they beat bottom of the table Hindringham. Manager Tim Clarke was forced into a number of changes due to injuries and unavailability, with Nathan Causton, Paul Bliss and Kevin Riches all missing. Rob Howes made his first appearance of the season in goal, Ryan McFadden lined up alongside Sam Olley and Shaun Whiteman in a three-man defence, and Dom Mirner returned to the side in a five-man midfield.
The home side dominated the early possession, but it was Bungay who went closest to scoring in the 4th minute, when Howes' long kick was flicked on by Aiden Lowe to Fionn Goodwin-Wright, but he was unable to get a quick shot away and the home side were able to clear. Three minutes later the home defence was again caught out by a long Howes kick, and this time Goodwin-Wright's shot was saved, before Lowe's attempt from the rebound was scrambled clear.
Bungay broke the deadlock after 13 minutes, when Lowe's long throw to the near post was headed into the bottom corner by Mirner. At the other end the home side looked threatening down the flanks, and Howes did well to tip over a free-kick from Ryan Symonds, but Hindringham equalised from the resultant corner, as a low cross found an unmarked Tom Lane at the back post, who beat Howes from close range. The home side were in the ascendancy, and Jason Day fired a shot just over from another corner.
Bungay managed to weather the storm, and the five-man midfield began to dominate possession and create chances. Whiteman headed just wide from Mirner's cross, then Lowe's shot from Joe McFarlane's fine through ball was saved. Bungay regained the lead after 29 minutes, a fine run from Mirner saw him put Lowe in on goal, and he beat the offside tap to finish confidently. The Black Dogs were on top now, and they spurned chances to extend their lead, wth Whiteman being closed down after he delayed his shot when unmarked, and Lowe shooting narrowly wide from a tight angle.
The second-half saw Bungay defending against the slope and the wind, but they although the home side enjoyed more possession, they seldom threatened the Black Dogs' goal. When Bungay did attack, McFarlane headed narrowly over from Goodwin-Wright's corner, but Bungay sealed the points with fifteen minutes remaining, as Lowe was fouled in the area, and Whiteman converted the resultant penalty.
Team: Howes, Olley, McFadden, Whiteman, Mirner, Wilby, McFarlane, J. Riches, Houghton (Sub: D. Lowe), Goodwin-Wright, A. Lowe (Sub: Spear)
THE Black Dogs came down to earth with a bang on Saturday as they found out what life back in senior football can be like.
After a win and a draw in their first two away games there were high hopes of starting their Anglian Combination division one home programme with a good result – but a strong, physical Stalham put paid to that.
Bungay’s success over the past three seasons has been built on a solid defence which last season conceded only 26 league goals – now, in only three games in the higher sphere, they have conceded getting on for half that number, 11.It was their worst home defeat for five years, since they lost 6-0 to Coplestonians in the Suffolk Senior Cup on October 9, 2010.
Nevertheless the disappointing result must be kept in perspective. It was a bad day all round but it was only the third game of the season and few sides in the division would live with Stalham on that form. And there are still key players to return to the squad.
In the first 20 minutes no one saw that sort of result coming. In the fourth minute Aiden Lowe headed over from Sam Olley’s cross before driving a 30-yard free-kick straight at the keeper, before Paul Bliss put Fionn Goodwin-Wright clear in a one-on-one with the keeper, but his effort just cleared the bar.
So it was against the run of play when Stalham took the lead in the 23rd minute. A long ball to the far post was played back low across goal for Antoni Fawkes to score from two yards.
Still Bungay looked capable of getting on terms, with Nathan Causton going close following a long thrown in. Dan Burgess almost broke through before being crowded out in a game in which the physios were frequently on the pitch.
James Shaw made a great blocking save to prevent a second Stalham goal, but it came in the 40th minute when Jordan Tipple beat Shaw with a low shot on the turn from the edge of the area.
Any thoughts of a second half recovery for Bungay were soon snuffed out. Shaw had to dash from his line to make another blocking save before, in the 55th minute, Lawrence Cheese scored with a low drive from the edge of the area. Bliss and Burgess had shots blocked in one Bungay raid, but from the break Stalham made it 4-0 as Cheese scored his second.
As the visitors regularly stretched the home defence one shot struck a post before Shaw blocked another goal-bound drive. In the 79th minute he kept out another fierce drive but when the rebound was returned into the six-yard box Lewis Smith made it 5-0 from close range, and substitute Chris Burton completed the scoring in the final minute.
Team: J Shaw, S Olley, P Bliss, S Whiteman, S Campbell, D Wilby, J Riches (L Houghton), N Causton (K Riches), D Burgess, A Lowe (R McFadden), F Goodwin-Wright.
Scorers: Sam Olley 2, Joe McFarlane
THESE two local derby rivals shared six goals in an eventful Anglian Combination division one game at Loddon on Wednesday evening.
It was by no means a classic, with plenty of mistakes and little flowing football, and a draw was just about a fair result on the night. It left both teams with four points from their first two games.
Bungay went ahead inside five minutes with one of the few quality moves of the game. Paul Bliss and Nathan Causton combined well on the right and the latter’s accurate first time cross found Sam Olley moving in to power home a header from eight yards.
But the home side caused plenty of problems for the Black Dogs down the slope and equalised in the 21st minute as the visitors’ defence could only half clear the ball to the waiting Gary Summers, who rifled home from the edge of the area.
Two minutes later the Black Dogs were ahead again with another header from Olley after Bliss’s header from a corner was parried invitingly to him.
James Shaw in the Bungay goal then made a flying save to turn way a Loddon effort, and was alert to another goalbound effort soon after, before Loddon equalised in the 29th minute, Matt Ayers turning in a cross at the far post.
Early in the second half a Loddon shot came back of a post with Shaw beaten. Bungay had a clear penalty appeal turned down when John Riches was felled from behind in the box as he was about to shoot. But Loddon went ahead in the 67th minute as the Black Dogs defence gifted them an opening with Ayers took confidently.
Again Bungay equalised almost immediately as Stu Campbell’s ball found Joe Macfarlane in space and he drove his shot across the keeper into the corner of the net. Later a Macfarlane header hit the top of the bar.
With the last kick of the game 16-year-old substitute Luke Spiers was left with a great chance clear in front of goal after being set up by Fionn Goodwin-Wright, but the Loddon keeper turned away his effort.
Team: J Shaw, N Causton, P Bliss, S Whiteman, S Campbell, S Olley (L Spiers), J Riches, R McFadden (D Wilby), J Macfarlane, A Lowe F Goodwin-Wright.
Scorers: John Riches, Aiden Lowe 2, Fionn Goodwin-Wright
THE Black Dogs got life back in senior football off to the best possible start on Saturday with a workmanlike 4-2 victory at Bradenham.
Before the game manager Tim Clarke said Wanderers were one of the sides he expected to be in serious contention for promotion from the Anglian Combination division one this season, and for the first 20 minutes they put Bungay under a lot of pressure, partly aided by some sloppy passing by the visitors.
But two goals in three minutes against the run of play seemed to settle the team and after that the home side was chasing the game, and finally ended frustrated, thanks to some stout defending and good finishing.
Without Craig Hunting, Kevin Riches, Dom Mirner and Danny Wilby, it was still a strong squad, and it needed to be as Bradenham put them under pressure, and Nathan Causton made a timely tackle early on to cut out imminent danger. Seconds later James Shaw made a great safe to turn a goalbound effort around the post.
At the other end Fionn Goodwin-Wright turned to fire narrowly over the bar after Ryan McFadden set up the chance. But at this stage Bungay were making too many mistakes and Shaw had to come out to grab the ball at the feet of a forward following one of them.
But last season’s top scorer Aiden Lowe was looking sharp and fired narrowly wide after working a good position before Bungay went ahead in the 23rd minute. The ball was played forward, deflected off a defender and with the keeper well off his line John Riches lobbed him from 25 yards for an opportunist opener.
Two minutes later it was 2-0 when another good move down the left saw Shaun Whiteman find Lowe, who took the ball into the area before firing a left foot shot across the keeper into the net.
Ten minutes from half-time Bradenham pulled a goal back as Joel Brien’s shot from inside the area took a deflection off a defender to loop over Shaw’s dive.
With new signing Paul Bliss commanding the centre of the defence the Black Dogs survived a torrid start to the second half, before a quick break saw Goodwin-Wright rifle a shot narrowly over the bar. The visitors had a let off in the 63rd minute when a Bradenham forward lifted his shot over the bar when it seemed he must score, but slowly Bungay drew their sting and in the 70th minute good work on the right by Lowe saw his cross turned wide by McFadden.
Bradenham were close with a header soon afterwards, but the crucial third goal for Bungay came in the 77th minute as substitute Lee Houghton found Lowe in space and he shrugged off a defender to fire past the keeper.
Again Bradenham missed a good chance themselves with a header before Bungay made it 4-1 with a minute left as Lowe turned creator, giving Goodwin-Wright the chance and he set himself to beat the keeper from 10 yards.
In added time Whiteman conceded a penalty which was converted by Nick Hook, but by then Bradenham were well beaten.
Team: J Shaw, S Olley, P Bliss, N Causton (L Houghton), S Whiteman, J Macfarlane (M James), J Riches, R McFadden (T Griffiths), D Burgess, A Lowe, F Goodwin-Wright.
Scorers: Joe McFarlane, Aiden Lowe (pen), Sam Olley
A goal twenty minutes from time from Kieran Hack saw Bungay's Premier Division visitors clinch a win in the Black Dogs' latest friendly on Friday night. In another close game, Bungay couldn't convert a number of half-chances, with Paul Bliss forcing a fine save from the visitors' keeper from the best opportunity.
IN their third pre-season friendly, Bungay were beaten 2-0 at home by Thurlow Nunn Premier division Gorleston at the Maltings Meadow on Saturday.
Against a good side three steps higher on the football ladder Bungay played well, and had their chances in the first half, including a Kevin Riches header which came back off the post, but the half ended goalless. The visitors’ superiority told after the interval, however, and their play-maker Keegan Middleton scored after a solo run on 70 minutes. The Gorleston manager Ricci Butler clinched their victory late on with his first touch after coming on as a substitute.
Scorer: Danny Wilby
BUNGAY Town opened their pre-season programme of friendly matches by christening the newly refurbished main pitch at the Maltings Meadow with a tough challenge against Thurlow Nunn Premier division outfit Saffron Walden.
The Essex side showed why they have just been promoted to that status with some slick and incisive football, with which the home defence coped well for the first hour or so.
But Saffron’s superiority told in the end and they ran out 4-1 winners thanks to three late goals.
The Black Dogs in fact took the lead on the half-hour when Danny Wilby caught them out with a quickly taken free-kick on the edge of the area., They were ahead until eight minutes from the interval when the visitor’s captain Craig Calver showed his sumptuous dribbling techniques to move through the defence and beat Rob Howes with a low shot inside the far post. Calver scored again near the end, with colleague Shaun Avis scoring twice in between. But manager Tim Clarke will generally have been satisfied with Bungay’s first outing.
Defender Paul Bliss and forward Fionn Goodwin-Wright, both from Harleston impressed spectators, who will be hoping Clarke can secure their signatures for Bungay’s season back in senior football in division one of the Anglian Combination.