The team is managed by Graham Purling, and they play in Norfolk Women's League Division One.
Scorers: Lacey Andrews 3, Hannah Waters 2 and Hannah Jones.
A last minute venue change for this midweek league fixture due to an unplayable home pitch, Lowestoft Town FC providing the facilities to get the match played.
And Bungay started well, attacking the Kirkley half straight from kick off, defender Ellie Froud playing the ball through the midfield to striker Hannah Waters who herself played the ball off to fellow striker Lacey Andrews but the shot was wide. A couple of minutes later and another Andrews shot from the left hand side but again this is wide. Then on 7 minutes Bungay midfielder Laura Holden threads a pass to Andrews whose shot goes high over the Kirkley keeper and drops into the net, 1-0 Bungay.
Only a couple of minutes later Bungay score again, a Nicky Hazell ball received by Hannah Waters who sends the ball across goal and into the far corner, 2-0. Bungay are getting the ball forward well and creating attack after attack, breaking forward in numbers. 21 minutes gone and Andrews sends another looping shot goalwards but this is easily collected by the Kirkley keeper. Then Hannah Waters with another shot herself but again the keeper collects.
Still Bungay continue to attack, Andrews firing a low shot with pace towards goal but Kirkley's keeper is quick to get down to save. Kirkley are trying to press forward but Bungay's defence are working well and blocking their attacking runs. Then just past the half hour mark Lacey Andrews takes another shot from range which loops over the keeper once again, 3-0 Bungay. Play is still all with Bungay and 41 minutes gone winger Lauren Purling plays a ball to Hannah Waters who drives her shot low into the far left corner to net her second of the match, 4-0 Bungay.
The home side are finishing the half strongly and a minute from halftime a Lacey Andrews shot is saved, the rebound from Hannah Waters saved well again with Kirkley's keeper getting down quickly but unable to hold onto the ball, Bungay defender Hannah Jones steps up and taps the ball into the net, 5-0 Bungay.
Halftime score: 5-0 Bungay
The second half starts much as the first with Bungay breaking forward, defender Hannah Jones managing to turn in the corner and cross the ball to Lauren Purling who fires off a shot but Kirkley's keeper is quick off her line to come out and make a save. Bungay are dominating and pressing high.
55 minutes in and Andrews fires another long range shot from the right hand edge of the 18 yard box, the ball evading the keeper and finishing in the net, 6-0 Bungay. Bungay are having all of the play, Kirkley unable to provide any real test for Bungay's back four.
On 67 minutes another Andrews shot goes just wide of the post, and a few minutes later a Bungay free kick is hit by Andrews over the Kirkley wall but is easily collected by the keeper.
The shots on goal continue as the half wore on but Kirkley's keeper was alert and continued to keep them in the game. Most of Bungay's shots were now going straight to her hands but they were still working the ball across the pitch and spreading play well.
Despite the dominance of Bungay throughout the half however no further goals were scored.
Scorers: Hannah Jones, Lacey Andrews 2 ( 1 pen), Lauren Purling 2, Teo Ilie
Straight from kick off possession was all with Bungay, who were looking to build on last Sunday's victory over previously unbeaten league leaders Thorpe United. Today's opposition Fakenham Town started with only 10 players and were finding it hard to break out of their own half. Two corners in quick succession from Bungay 6 minutes into the match resulted in no great pressure on the Fakenham goal, the wind blowing strongly and hampering play.
A couple of minutes later midfielder Laura Holden's shot was easily collected by the Fakenham keeper with no real power behind it. Then Bungay defender Hannah Jones with another attempt on goal, but again Fakenham's keeper was not troubled, the ball finishing comfortably in her arms.
But then on 11 minutes it was Hannah Jones who opened the scoring with her first goal of the season, the ball bobbling along the ground and past Fakenham's keeper, 1-0 Bungay.
20 minutes in and Fakenham were really struggling to get a hold of the ball, the runs they were making forward being easily intercepted by Bungay's back four. Bungay were dominating possession and using the extra man to good effect, holding the ball up well.
25 minutes gone and winger Lauren Purling made a strong run forward down the right flank, pulling the ball back across the box and to the feet of Bungay striker Lacey Andrews whose shot went agonisingly over the crossbar. Three minutes later a heavy challenge in the box on Andrews by a Fakenham defender resulted in a penalty to the home team. Andrews stepped up and calmly placed the ball in the net, 2-0 Bungay.
Fakenham were still battling hard and getting some good spells of possession in the midfield but this was being broken down by Bungay's solid defence with no real option for them up front.
Then on 41 minutes a Lacey Andrews corner sailed into the box, winger Lauren Purling heading the ball goalwards and evading the Fakenham keeper, 3-0 Bungay.
Halftime score: 3-0 Bungay
As the second half kicked off possession was all with Bungay again and an early cross into the box by Lacey Andrews was cleared by Fakenham's defence. Bungay defender Becky Goffin picked up the rebound from outside the box, firing the ball goalwards, her shot crashing against the bottom of the far post and away from goal.
Then 7 minutes into the half new signing Teo Ilie got onto the scoresheet on her debut, Fakenham's keeper coming off her line but the ball rolling into the far corner, 4-0 Bungay. A couple of minutes later another Lauren Purling cross into the box fell to Lacey Andrews but again her shot was wide, the wind causing havoc with the pace of the ball.
Left back Kelly Collins (C) then found herself in space after a run up the left flank, but her shot was straight to the keeper. Tired legs were now appearing in the Fakenham team who had battled well being a player down and in ever increasing swirling wind conditions. But Bungay pressed forward again, Laura Holden's shot looping up in the air but falling into the Fakenham's keepers hands.
Then on 65 minutes Kelly Collins broke forward again down the left sending a well timed ball to the feet of Lauren Purling who netted her second of the afternoon, 5-0 Bungay. Not long after another Bungay attack saw Becky Goffin push forward up the right, her cross falling to Lacey Andrews whose shot was just wide of the far post.
With Bungay legs now tiring too Fakenham found themselves through into Bungay's half, but the resulting shot lacked power and was easily collected by Bungay's keeper Ruth Smart. A minute later (85) Bungay winger Nicky Hazell fired off a shot from distance, hitting the top of the post. Again Fakenham broke forward, but their shot was once again comfortably saved by Smart.
Bungay continued to push forward till the final whistle and a Jess Keeling through ball reached Lacey Andrews who ran through the Fakenham midfield and fired off a shot resulting in a further goal for Bungay, 6-0.
Scorers: Laura Holden 2, Lauren Purling, Nicky Hazell
Bungay went into the game knowing that their opposition, the current league leaders Thorpe United, had not dropped any points all season, winning every game so far. It had the potential to be a tough afternoon for the home team.
And Thorpe were straight at Bungay from the off, applying early pressure and testing Bungay's back line. But 2 minutes in Bungay broke forward and winger Nicky Hazell sent a looping shot towards the Thorpe goal but the ball was successfully parried wide by the keeper. A couple of minutes later midfielder Laura Holden ran through Thorpe's defence and fired off a shot, but this too went frustratingly wide.
Thorpe were still taking the game to Bungay though despite the breaks that Bungay were getting and it was a real battle in midfield, with some hard challenges being made by both sides. And in the 7th minute a run into Bungay's defence by Thorpe's striker Rebekah Lake meant two Bungay defenders had to see her wide.
Then 19 minutes in another break forward by Bungay with Nicky Hazell's well-timed pass finding the feet of Laura Holden whose shot from a central position just outside the 18 yard box sailed into the back of the net, 1-0 Bungay. Both teams were now fighting for the ball well and it was becoming a real contest. Just before the half hour mark Bungay striker Lacey Andrews broke through the Thorpe defence and took a shot from the edge of the box but the ball powered into the side netting of Thorpe's goal. Bungay were starting to see more of the ball now, their 1-0 lead pushing them on, and the forward attacks were coming thick and fast as the half came to an end.
On 45 minutes a free kick taken by Nicky Hazell fell to the feet of winger Lauren Purling who fired the ball goalwards, evading the keeper and into the back of the net, 2-0 Bungay.
But Thorpe finished the half with a flurry, and got on the scoresheet themselves just before the halftime whistle, a ball sent through to Rebekah Lake once again, her shot looping over the stretching Bungay keeper Ruth Smart.
Halftime score: 2-1 Bungay
Both teams started the second half strongly, the battles in midfield continuing on from the first half. 3 minutes into the half another Nicky Hazell shot that agonisingly hit the crossbar and flew up and over the goal out of play. Bungay were getting the ball forward well and into attacking positions. Then on 55 minutes striker Stef Cool sent a ball through to Nicky Hazell whose shot was smothered by the Thorpe keeper, but the ball came free and Stef Cool took a shot but this was high over the crossbar.
Thorpe had now started to up the tempo and were finding themselves more in Bungay's half, with Bungay's defence working hard to stop the numerous Thorpe attacks that were coming through from the midfield. But another Bungay break on 58 minutes, Nicky Hazell's shot from distance hitting the post, but Laura Holden collecting the rebound and firing the ball over the keeper to net her second of the afternoon, 3-1 Bungay.
Thorpe were still in the game though despite the scoreline and were battling hard to get the ball forward and through Bungay's solid back four. But 66 minutes gone and another break forward by the home side saw Nicky Hazell finally find the back of the net, 4-1 Bungay.
10 minutes later another shot from distance by Bungay's Lauren Purling was dramatically saved one handed by Thorpe's agile keeper who got down low to push the ball wide.
Thorpe were still pushing forward in numbers and had not given up, and managed to fire a shot at Bungay's keeper Ruth Smart which was forced out of her hands but cleared from danger by centre back Jess Keeling.
In a final flourish by Thorpe, Bungay's keeper was forced to make a one handed save herself similar to that made by Thorpe's keeper earlier in the half. But Bungay hung on till the final whistle, celebrating a sweet victory and being the first NWGFL Division 1 side to beat the league leaders this season.
Scorers: Laura Holden, Stef Cool 2
Bungay started the match brightly and were soon battling well in Brandon's half, testing their defence straight from the off. Brandon kept composed though and were passing the ball well themselves in midfield.
But the first break of the game came for the visitors when Bungay striker Stef Cool's low shot was parried by the Brandon keeper, the ball then collected by Laura Holden whose second attempt on goal evaded the keeper, 1-0 Bungay.
Bungay kept the pressure on and were pinning Brandon back into their own half, sending in several wide balls to the edge of the box, but these were successfully cleared. Then in the 13th minute a Bungay corner, the ball falling to centre back Jess Keeling but was headed high and over the crossbar. A minute later Bungay had another shot on goal with midfielder Ella Hindley firing the ball high and wide.
Brandon were now starting to settle into the game though and were pushing forward themselves. But Bungay were soon back into Brandon's half, taking two corners in quick succession but unfortunately these were fruitless.
Then on 30 minutes Laura Holden raced forward crossing the ball to Nicky Hazell who fired it goalwards from long range but this frustratingly sailed over the bar.
38 minutes gone and Brandon were awarded a free kick not far outside the 18 yard box, but this was fired straight at Bungay's wall, the ball becoming free and picked up again by Brandon's attack but the resulting cross into the box came to nothing. In the dying seconds of the first half Stef Cool got through on goal once again and fired a low shot which was comfortably received by Brandon's keeper.
Halftime score: 1-0 Bungay
As the second half began Brandon pressed forward, immediately putting Bungay's defence under pressure. But Bungay's back line were solid, and cleared their lines well. A real battle was now emerging in midfield, with both sides trying to find a way through towards goal.
20 minutes in Laura Holden drove forwards, past two Brandon players and laid the ball off to Stef Cool who slotted past the keeper, 2-0 Bungay.
Three minutes later another through ball delivered by Holden, this time to Nicky Hazell who fired over the crossbar.
Bungay were starting to dominate once more, another run from the midfield by Ella Hindley resulted in a curling shot straight into the Brandon's keepers hands.
31 minutes into the half and it was Laura Holden again who played a ball through to the far post which resulted in the ball being rolled into the net from short range by Stef Cool, 3-0 Bungay.
Brandon kept composure despite the scoreline and were still battling hard in the middle of the pitch, but another solo break by Stef Cool saw her shot fired high over the bar. And two minutes from time a further shot came from Cool but tiring legs on a heavy pitch meant it lacked power and was easily saved by the Brandon keeper.
Scorers: Lauren Purling 3, Laura Holden 3
After a call-off of last week's match due to the hard frost Bungay were back to NWGFL league action this week. Their opponents were only one place behind them in the Division 1 table so an even contest looked the order of the afternoon.
But it was Aylsham who started the match the stronger, pushing forward straight from the off and causing problems for the Bungay defence. But Bungay broke on the counter and midfielder Inna Marx played a fine through ball to striker Stef Cool in the 2nd minute who was pushed wide by Aylsham's defence, but managed to play the ball back into the box to the feet of Nicky Hazell whose shot went just wide.
Then in the 5th minute Bungay had a corner but Aylsham's keeper was playing well and made a good save to push the ball wide.
The middle of the park was proving a very even contest for both sides but Aylsham were struggling to get the ball into the final third, Bungay's defence now working very well to clear their lines.
In the 17th minute another Bungay corner, this time the ball firing across the Aylsham goalmouth but no-one able to finish and the ball continued out of play. Bungay got the ball forward again a few minutes later and although midfielder Ella Hindley was pushed into the corner she managed to get the ball around the Aylsham player and send a cross into winger Lauren Purling whose shot was deflected to the feet of Stef Cool, but her own shot was scuppered by Aylsham's keeper.
Bungay were settling well into the game now and continued to push forward with both Lauren Purling and Anna Larkins getting shots on target in quick succession but these were well collected by the keeper.
But then it was Aylsham's turn to hit Bungay on the counter half an hour in, playing the ball well up the field and causing a goalmouth scramble by Bungay's defence and keeper who somehow managed to keep the ball out, saving twice.
A minute later though an Anna Larkins ball forward down the right wing was collected by Lauren Purling who took a shot from the right hand side of the box which evaded the keeper, 1-0 Bungay.
Aylsham were straight back pressing Bungay's defence, working them hard. But another attack came from Bungay in the 35th minute with Anna Larkins again getting the ball forward to the feet of Stef Cool but her attempt was wide. It was still proving a very even contest but then just before halftime another break forward by Bungay, this time midfielder Laura Holden playing a perfect through ball to Lauren Purling who slotted the ball into Aylsham's goal, 2-0 Bungay.
Halftime score: 2-0 Bungay
It was Bungay's turn to come out stronger in the second half, straight away getting a goal in the first minute courtesy of Laura Holden who got on the end of an Anna Larkins ball over the Aylsham defence and calmly tapped the ball over the line, 3-0 Bungay. Two minutes later another shot from Lauren Purling went just wide into the side netting. It was all Bungay and 8 minutes into the half a shot from Stef Cool rattled the Aylsham crossbar, but Laura Holden was there again to fire the ball past the Aylsham keeper on the rebound, 4-0 Bungay.
Aylsham continued to battle hard and were getting forward but Bungay's defence were matching them, stopping any chance of a shot. And Bungay were working the ball well through the midfield, with another goal coming for Laura Holden in the 58th minute, 5-0 Bungay. A few minutes later Lauren Purling got another, it was turning into a rout, 6-0 Bungay.
But then in the 85th minute tiring legs and a lapse in concentration from Bungay's hard working defence meant Aylsham broke through and scored with an easy finish, 6-1 Bungay.
There was still time for a final flourish from Bungay though when Stef Cool's late shot hit the far post and travelled along the goal line but went out of play.
Scorers: Hannah Waters 3, Lacey Andrews
It was touch and go as to whether the match would go ahead as the previous days games at Bungay had all been called off due to the rain and snow showers. But after a pitch inspection by the afternoon's appointed referee the match was deemed ok to proceed.
Brandon started the match the stronger of the two sides, straight away applying pressure to Bungay's back line. Early attempts didn't seem to trouble Bungay's keeper though and they started to settle into play.
Bungay started to spread the ball wide due to the wings being more playable than the centre of the pitch. And this started to pay off with winger Lauren Purling finding space down the right hand side and getting a few balls in quick succession into Brandon's box. Bungay were firing several shots goalwards too but these were being comfortably collected by Brandon's keeper.
In the 17th minute left-back and team captain Kelly Collins raced forward and played a neat through ball to Bungay striker Lacey Andrews who flicked the ball onto the feet of fellow striker Hannah Waters but her shot failed to enter the Brandon net.
Brandon were getting the ball through to the midfield well from their goal kicks but Bungay's own midfield were breaking down Brandon's attacks and frustrating their opponents, chasing down the ball well and playing it forward on the counter.
19 minutes gone and winger Lauren Purling found space again down the right hand side, firing in a low shot. But Brandon's keeper was alert and got down well, pushing the ball wide. The following minute Hannah Waters found herself on the edge of the box and battled through the Brandon defence to knock the ball into the net, 1-0 Bungay.
Bungay continued to press and in the 27th minute winger Nicky Hazell got forward down the left and after a neat turn fired the ball goalwards but this was straight into the grasp of the Brandon keeper. Brandon were still playing the ball out well from the back though and in the 33rd minute managed to sithe through Bungay's defence, but the resulting shot was straight at the Bungay keeper.
Then on 35 minutes Bungay's Lacey Andrews powered a low shot towards the Brandon goal which was saved well by the keeper but the ball came loose and Hannah Waters was there to score her second of the afternoon, 2-0 Bungay.
Halftime score: 2-0 Bungay
It was Brandon who came out strong again in the second half and they had the first attempt on goal, a low shot which was kicked away by Bungay's keeper Ruth Smart. Both teams were digging in and still passing the ball well despite the pitch condition deteriorating.
In the 51st minute Lacey Andrews powered forward up the left flank and provided a neat cross into the path of on-running Lauren Purling whose shot hit the post and ran along the goal line into the keeper’s hands. Then in the 56th minute Lacey Andrews fired a low shot from the right which flew into the bottom corner of the Brandon net, their keeper stretching well but the ball just evading her fingertips, 3-0 Bungay.
Unfortunately the Brandon keeper injured herself in her attempted save and with no substitutes available Brandon were down to 10 players.
They were not deterred though and after conceding were straight back into the Bungay half, firing a shot from distance. But this was easily collected by Bungay's keeper.
Bungay continued to press but Brandon were battling hard to absorb the pressure. In the 84th minute though Hannah Waters netted her third of the afternoon, a Lacey Andrews through ball finding her feet once again and finishing well, 4-0 Bungay.
A minute later a Lacey Andrews attempt hit the crossbar, Bungay were finishing the match with a flourish.
Scorers: Lauren Purling, Hannah Waters 4, Lauren Matthews 2, Lacey Andrews 4
Bungay faced a long away trip to Fakenham in their first game back after the NWGFL Christmas break. But it was Bungay who started the game with the most dominance, straight away pushing forward in numbers and putting Fakenham's defence under pressure.
Fakenham were defending well but the first goal of the match soon came in the 6th minute when Bungay's Nicky Hazell looped a corner ball into the box which was met by Lauren Purling who slotted the ball into the net, 1-0 Bungay.
Fakenham pushed forward, passing the ball up the pitch, but the resulting long-range shot was comfortably collected in Bungay keeper Ruth Smart's arms. Winger Lauren Purling was then involved again for Bungay not long after when her cross into the box from the right hand side just evaded striker Lacey Andrews and whizzed across Fakenham's goal mouth.
Fakenham were playing the ball out from defence well but their midfield play was being broken down by Bungay's own midfield who were not allowing them to get forward. Striker Hannah Waters then crossed a ball in from the left-hand side in the 27th minute, Lacey Andrews receiving and hitting a shot but this was well blocked by a Fakenham defender and went out for a corner. Then on 30 minutes Lauren Purling with another driving run down the right-hand side sent another cross into the feet of Lacey Andrews whose shot was blocked again but this time the rebounded ball fell to Hannah Waters to score her first of the afternoon, 2-0 Bungay.
Bungay continued to pile on the pressure as the half wore on, and in the 38th minute another cross into the box from Lauren Purling just missed the feet of Lacey Andrews, but winger Lauren Matthews in her first game back for Bungay was there to fire the ball low into the far right corner of the goal, 3-0 Bungay.
Fakenham then broke forward, this time getting through the Bungay midfield, but the final shot lacked power and was easily collected by the Bungay keeper. Bungay then found themselves with space in the midfield in the last minute of the half and central mid-fielder Ella Hindley looped a ball forward onto the feet of on-running Lacey Andrews who raced forward, splitting the Fakenham defence and firing the ball into the back of the Fakenham net, 4-0 Bungay.
Halftime score: 4-0 to Bungay
Bungay continued to dominate as the second half got underway and two minutes into the half Lauren Purling collected a Fakenham goal kick, took the ball wide and drilled the ball in along the Fakenham goal line, resulting in a simple tap-in for Hannah Waters, 5-0 Bungay.
A couple of minutes later Fakenham found themselves through towards the Bungay goal but the shot was high and Bungay's keeper was untroubled. But it was then Hannah Waters who was through on goal for Bungay in the 52nd minute, and she was brought to ground in the penalty area, Fakenham's defender receiving a yellow card. Lacey Andrews stepped up to take the resulting penalty, Fakenham's keeper getting a touch but the power of the shot sending it into the net, 6-0 Bungay.
Fakenham were still battling hard and were soaking up the continuous pressure that was being applied by Bungay. Then in the 58th minute a break by Hannah Waters through the middle resulted in a shot and the ball entering the net, 7-0 Bungay. Three minutes later Bungay were on the scoresheet again, this time a Lacey Andrews cross sailed over the box to the left hand side, the ball falling to Lauren Matthews to score her second of the afternoon, 8-0 Bungay.
Not long after another through ball from Bungay's midfield was received by Lacey Andrews whose shot was blocked, but Hannah Waters was there once again to net her fourth of the match, 9-0 Bungay.
Fakenham were still not giving up though and in the 73rd minute a shot clattered the Bungay crossbar, the ball crashing down towards the goal line but luckily for Bungay it was deemed not to have crossed it. A couple of minutes later Bungay were on the attack again, another close range shot by Lacey Andrews being smothered by Fakenham's keeper. Then in the 75th minute another Nicky Hazell corner fell onto the head of Lauren Purling but this time the header was straight into the keeper's arms.
It was then Bungay's turn to hit the crossbar, the ball falling down but not over the line, and was cleared out by the Fakenham defence. The play was all with Bungay as the match neared it's end, and goal number 10 came in the 84th minute, Lacey Andrews netting her third of the afternoon.
But Bungay were still not done and in the last minute of the game Nicky Hazell raced forward from the Bungay defence, playing a neat ball through to Lacey Andrews who calmly placed the ball past the Fakenham keeper into the back of the net, 11-0 Bungay.
Scorer: Lauren Purling
Bungay knew they were up against it this afternoon against the league leaders and with many of their regular players unavailable for the fixture. This meant that both semi-retired players and some who had come back from university for the Christmas break had been called upon.
And it was Thorpe who started the stronger of the two sides, immediately putting Bungay under pressure in their own half and an early chance in the 2nd minute saw Bungay keeper Ruth Smart come off her line and mis-time a block but Bungay defender Charlotte Power was on hand to clear the lines and put the ball out of play.
This early attack seemed to awaken Bungay who then pushed forward in numbers, using both wingers to good effect and getting the ball into Thorpe's half. Action was end to end for the first 10 minutes. Bungay were continuing to get forward but frustratingly with no recognised striker in the side they were running out of options in the final third.
And then Thorpe got on the attack, splitting the Bungay defence, and it was Thorpe who opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a low shot from just inside the area which flew past Bungay's keeper and into the net.
The half wore on with both sides getting into attacking positions and Bungay's centre backs Hannah Jones and Charlotte Power were being worked hard but both were defending well and closing the door on Thorpe.
However, Thorpe weren't making the most of their chances and opportunities were being squandered.
Halftime score: 1-0 to Thorpe
Bungay came out the second half much more determined and with a change of formation got the reward of an early corner. But Thorpe defended well and the ball was soon up into the Bungay half. And it was Thorpe who got on the scoresheet again in the 51st minute with a similar goal to the first, a low shot that evaded the Bungay keeper once again. Thorpe were now piling on the pressure and 3 minutes later there was a real scramble in the Bungay goalmouth with defenders and keeper working hard to clear the ball.
Bungay then managed to work the ball well up the pitch, a solid run in the 67th minute from Nicky Hazell up the left flank resulted in a flick back towards substitute Alice Cheverton who launched the ball goalwards. Thorpe's keeper got up well but only for the ball to fall into the path of oncoming Lauren Purling who powered the ball into the back of the net, 2-1 Thorpe.
Thorpe's keeper appeared to pick up an injury during the goal and was substituted off for a Thorpe outfield player who took up her position in goal.
Thorpe were now starting to come into the half more and were getting forward in numbers. They were passing the ball well and Bungay were working hard to break down their attacks. But in the 84th minute Thorpe broke through the Bungay midfield and managed to fire a shot from the edge of the area which left Bungay's keeper rooted to the spot and the ball sailed past her into the goal.
Thorpe were having the majority of the play as the match neared its end and another break by them saw the ball enter Bungay's net once again in the 87th minute with the Bungay keeper wrong footed. And another shot on the Bungay goal came in from a further Thorpe attack in the final minute of the game but this time it was fired high and over the crossbar.
Scorer: Lacey Andrews 2
The ladies knew that a win today would put them into the semi-final draw against Bacton, a team that they have fared well against in the past. And so there was a determined mood throughout the squad this afternoon to do well and perform.
However it was Lowestoft who started the better side on their home turf, passing the ball well and putting early pressure on the Bungay defence. Bungay were set up well to absorb this though and were clearing their lines well. Lone striker Lacey Andrews then picked up one of these cleared balls and ran with it, driving through Lowestoft's defence in the 5th minute but was tackled well in the area. But she was able to retrieve and fire the ball high which stretched the Lowestoft keeper but sailed over the crossbar.
Bungay were now settling into the game and it was Lacey Andrews again who got onto a Nicky Hazell cross in the 11th minute which caused the Lowestoft keeper to make a scrambled save right on the goal-line.
20 minutes in and it was now becoming end-to-end, both teams were pressing the opposition's defence, chances were coming at both ends. Bungay were battling hard against their higher-ranking opposition, and there was nothing to chose between the two sides.
Late on in the half Bungay's keeper Ruth Smart kicked a long ball up to Lacey Andrews who collected and fired a long-range shot towards the Lowestoft goal but unfortunately wasn't on target.
Halftime score: 0-0
Bungay came out for the second half knowing that the game was there for the taking. And they were straight back into the match when striker Lacey Andrews ran onto a through ball from Magda Bereza in the 47th minute, firing the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the Lowestoft net, 1-0 Bungay.
This rocked Lowestoft who seemed to suddenly switch on, taking the game back to Bungay. And in the 52nd minute they were back on level terms when a free kick on the edge of the Bungay area was looped high over the wall and over keeper Ruth Smart into Bungay's net.
The game was once again end-to-end with both sides attacking well. In the 63rd minute Bungay's Lacey Andrews found herself through on goal again but came up against three Lowestoft defenders, one of whom managed to nudge her off the ball which was calmly collected by the Lowestoft keeper.
A minute later the ball was up the other end of the pitch and a defensive slip by Bungay brought keeper Ruth Smart off her line to smother the ball only for it to somehow get through and trickle into the net, 2-1 Lowestoft. But Bungay pressed forward again, and in the 67th minute Lacey Andrews drove through the Lowestoft defence, firing a powerful shot one again into the bottom right corner of the Lowestoft net, 2-2.
Lowestoft again got the ball straight back into Bungay's half, applying pressure and getting the reward of a corner. But the delivery was poor and Bungay were able to clear once again. Lowestoft's striker Hannah Waters found herself in space on the edge of the Bungay area in the 84th minute but her shot was straight into Ruth Smart's arms. And then in the last minute of normal time another Hannah Waters shot hit the far post, rolled along the goal-line but was smothered by Bungay keeper Ruth Smart.
Fulltime score: 2-2
Bungay were visibly starting to tire as the first half of extra time kicked off but they knew they were still very much in the match. Both sides continued to press each others defence and the game was now very open with both teams getting forward well.
But in the 8th minute Lowestoft winger Aimee Durrant drove up the left wing and managed to get a shot across goal from a very tight angle, and an attempted clearance by Bungay's defence saw the ball just creep over the line, 3-2 Lowestoft.
Bungay were determined though and were still getting themselves forward into the Lowestoft half. But another error in Bungay's defence in the 11th minute let Lowestoft in again and with keeper Ruth Smart staying on her line a shot came in and slotted into the far corner of the net, 4-2 Lowestoft.
Bungay were still not giving up though and in the 14th minute Lacey Andrews made another forward run, her shot just going wide of the far post.
Extra time H/T: 4-2 to Lowestoft
Lowestoft now had a head of steam and with Bungay legs continuing to tire they broke forward again, but Bungay managed to clear the ball out for a corner. Bungay were slow to clear this time around though and the ball came back in striking the crossbar with force.
But Bungay continued to battle, and were still causing problems for Lowestoft as the match came to it's conclusion.
Scorers: Lauren Purling 2, Michelle Stanborough 2, Emily Leach
Today's match meant that a win would put Bungay into the quarter finals of this season's NWGFL League Cup. Straight from the off possession was all with Bungay who surged forward in numbers putting Bohemians defence under immediate pressure. And it didn't take long for the first goal of the afternoon to come in the 4th minute of the match, a Lacey Andrews cross from the left flank falling to the feet of winger Lauren Purling who slotted the ball home. 1-0 Bungay.
Bungay continued to push Bohemians back into their half, and in the 8th minute striker Michelle Stanborough scythed through their defence firing a solo effort goalwards which entered the net after rebounding off the near post, 2-0 Bungay.
Bungay were dominating and building up a head of steam with opportunities arising every time they went forward. In the 13th minute Michelle Stanborough drove forward again, firing a low shot from the right hand side which went just wide of the far post. And it was Stanborough again in minute 24 whose low shot caused the Bohemians keeper to get down low, pushing the ball just wide of the post.
A couple of minutes later Bungay midfielder Ella Hindley ran through from the midfield, her shot at goal well saved again from the busy Bohemians keeper. As the half drew to a close the Bohemians keeper unfortunately suffered a nasty slip coming off her line and had to be substituted by another outfield player.
Halftime score: 2-0 Bungay
The second half started again with Bungay dominating possession and it was Michelle Stanborough who sent a neat flick from just outside the area looping up into the air and over the Bohemians keeper to make it 3-0 after 48 minutes.
Bungay continued to press and midfielder Emily Leach sent a powerful shot across the goalmouth which forced a fine save from Bohemians stand-in keeper. Not long after Lauren Purling sent a pinpoint cross into the box from the right wing only for Emily Leach to receive it but fire the ball over the crossbar.
Bohemians were however now starting to get a foothold in the game themselves and were getting much more possession in the midfield area. Bungay found themselves having to defend more and were getting closed down quickly with some hard tackles now coming in from the opposition.
In the 69th minute Michelle Stanborough found herself in a one-on-one situation with the Bohemians keeper who came out bravely and did enough to save the shot. But a minute later a cleared Bungay corner which came back into the box was firmly headed by Lauren Purling into the net, 4-0 Bungay.
Bohemians kept driving Bungay back though and finally got their reward in the 77th minute when a saved shot by Bungay keeper Ruth Smart was then fumbled and the ball was taken around her and put into the back of the net.
This seemed to awaken Bungay who pushed forward in numbers again, with Lacey Andrews driving forward in the 81st minute down the right flank, firing a cross into the box which was powerfully headed home by Emily Leach to make it 5-1 Bungay.
And despite Bohemians applying more pressure in the closing minutes of the game it was Emily Leach once again who broke free and sent a shot sailing towards Bohemians goal in the last minute of the game which frustratingly scuffed the crossbar.
Scorers: Stephanie Cool 3, Lauren Purling, Michelle Stanborough 2, Lauren Mickleburgh, Lois Nethersell-Webb, Lacey Andrews
Bungay knew that they couldn't be complacent going into this afternoon's reverse fixture of last weeks match against Kirkley & Pakefield despite their comfortable win. And so the match started with Bungay dominating the play, firing early shots at the Kirkley keeper and pressing Kirkley back into their own half.
Bungay eventually got their first reward in the 11th minute with a Michelle Stanborough shot forcing the keeper to come off her line and lose the ball which was pounced upon by Stephanie Cool who calmly slotted the ball into the net to make it 1-0 to Bungay.
Bungay continued to press high, Lacey Andrews getting onto a Lauren Purling through ball and rattling the crossbar in the 13th minute. Then a corner to Bungay in the 18th minute taken by Inna Marx caused a defensive scramble in the Kirkley goalmouth resulting in a header from Lauren Purling to make it 2-0 to Bungay.
It was one-way traffic as the half wore on and Bungay midfielder Emily Leach nearly got on the scoresheet herself in the 26th minute when her powerful shot was deflected by a Kirkley defender causing their keeper to dive low at the far post pushing the ball wide. However, a couple of minutes later Selena Rowland for Kirkley broke through the Bungay midfield, barging through Bungay's defence and placed the ball into Bungay's net, 2-1 Bungay.
But Bungay's heads didn't drop and they pushed forward again, spreading the ball well across the pitch. And a neat cross from Michelle Stanborough in the 31st minute fell to the feet of Stephanie Cool who fired the ball home to score her second of the afternoon.
And it was another cross played in by Lacey Andrews that got Bungay's fourth in the 38th minute when the ball was picked up by Michelle Stanborough who sent a neat chip sailing over the on-rushing Kirkley keeper to make it 4-1 to Bungay.
And Bungay still continued to push as the half came to an end with Michelle Stanborough again getting onto a Lauren Purling through ball but unfortunately this was fired wide of the post.
Halftime score: 4-1 to Bungay
Bungay came out for the second half and started much as they did the first, with some great link-up play across the pitch and were battling hard in midfield to win possession. Stephanie Cool quickly got onto the scoresheet again with a tap-in in the 48th minute following a Lacey Andrews attempt but was unfortunately injured in the process and had to be carried off the field of play.
Bungay were quick to get their heads back in the game though and an Emily Leach cross which went behind the Kirkley keeper was received by midfielder Lauren Mickleburgh who finished to score her first goal of the season.
There was some great battling going on in the midfield and Bungay were spreading the ball well out to the wings. Left-back Lois Nethersell-Webb found herself in space on the left and drove the ball forward, pinging a shot in from the left flank which sailed over the Kirkley keeper and into the net in the 63rd minute, 7-1 to Bungay.
Despite the now comfortable lead Bungay were hungry for more and striker Lacey Andrews went on a solo run finishing with the reward of a further Bungay goal in the 74th minute. A couple of minutes later Michelle Stanborough got her second of the match to make it 9-1 to Bungay.
But Kirkley weren't giving up and Selena Rowland charged forward again, splitting the Bungay defence, rounding players and scoring again late in the game to make it 9-2.
Scorers: Michelle Stanborough 2, Lois Nethersell-Webb, Lacey Andrews, Stephanie Cool
The Ladies went into the afternoons game knowing that points were needed, a win today would be their first of the season in the league and Kirkley were just below them in the table.
The game started well with Bungay pressing the ball forward into Kirkley's half and spreading the ball well. Both Nicky Hazell and Lacey Andrews were peppering shots at the Kirkley keeper who was on form and putting in some good saves. Kirkley's defence started to settle and rose to the multiple challenges being made by Bungay's attack and were defending well in numbers. But Bungay's Lauren Purling was finding plenty of space down the right flank and was putting in some testing crosses into the Kirkley penalty area, but Kirkley's keeper was alert.
Bungay finally got their reward though and opened the scoring in the 15th minute when a cut-back cross into the box from Lacey Andrews was fumbled by Kirkley's keeper and followed up by Michelle Stanborough to tap across the line.
Bungay continued to push forward but Kirkley were battling hard and were now having a few forward runs of their own. But Bungay's defence were clearing their lines well. And a second goal for Bungay came in the 31st minute when left back Lois Nethersell-Webb was allowed to break forward down the left hand side, receiving a cross from winger Magda Bereza and firing the ball home to make it 2-0.
It was one-way traffic as the first half neared it's end with Bungay dominating possession, only the agility of Kirkley's keeper stopping Bungay from scoring more.
Halftime score: 2-0 to Bungay
Bungay started the second half much as they finished the first with Lacey Andrews driving a shot at the Kirkley goal in the 46th minute, the keeper losing the ball from her grip but a Kirkley defender was there to put the ball wide of the post.
Lauren Purling had now switched to the left flank and her driving run forward in the 61st minute was finished with a powerful shot but unfortunately this went straight into the Kirkley keepers hands.
Not long after striker Lacey Andrews made her own run forward, splitting the Kirkley defence and hitting a shot from outside the left hand side of the box and into the right hand corner of the Kirkley goal to make it 3-0 to the home side. Kirkley were clearing the ball well but it was being brought back into their half by the Bungay midfield, both Inna Marx and Emily Leach battling for the ball well. Bungay then made it four when new signing Stephanie Cool hit a powerful solo effort into the right-hand corner after taking the ball through the defence in the 77th minute.
But Kirkley were not giving up and continued to press forward, keeping the Bungay defence alert. But in the dying seconds of the match Bungay put the game to bed when Michelle Stanborough used her pace to outrun Kirkley's tireless defence and drove the ball from the right-hand side into the back of the net to make it 5-0 to Bungay.
Fulltime score: 5-0 to Bungay
Scorers: Nicky Hazell, Lacey Andrews 3, Emily Leach, own goal
Following last week's success in the Suffolk Cup, Bungay kicked off and were straight onto the attack, breaking forward in numbers and the Sprowston keeper was tested very early on. Sprowston's back four were solid though with their centre back Lois Irving marshalling their defence well and clearing Sprowston's lines.
However 10 minutes in Nicky Hazell got on the end of a Lacey Andrews clever through ball to slot it past the advancing Sprowston keeper giving an early lead to the home side. Possession was all with Bungay who were dominating midfield and created wave after wave of attacking play. And they were rewarded again for their efforts in the 24th minute when striker Lacey Andrews released a powerful solo effort which sailed into the back of the Sprowston net.
Andrews was now getting a lot of the ball from the Bungay midfield and nearly scored again in the 31st minute with another screamer which was tipped wide of the post by the Sprowston keeper. Not long after Andrews effort Bungay's other striker, Michelle Stanborough saw her own powerful long range shot from the right hand side go millimetres wide of the far post.
Bungay continued to press and dominate possession and another through ball from Andrews was collected by Stanborough in the 40th minute who shot from close range but the Sprowston keeper was alert. eventually Bungay made it three in the last few minutes of the first half with Emily Leach coming through from the midfield with a strong driving run and slotting the ball home.
Halftime score: Bungay 3, Sprowston 0
Bungay came out in the second half much as they finished the first with a high work rate, pushing the ball high and wide up the pitch. And it was one of the wide balls on the left hand side that fell to Andrews feet who continued her run forward and hit a powerful shot in the 53rd minute which she slotted past the keeper and into the far corner. Two minutes later winger Lauren Purling had her own driving run up the left wing but unfortunately her shot was saved by the now well worked Sprowston keeper.
Bungay continued to press and in the 59th minute Emily Leach came through again from the midfield getting on the end of another Andrews through ball, this time her shot rattling the crossbar. A couple of minutes later Andrews hit another shot from distance which had the keeper well beaten again and finished up in the bottom corner of the Sprowston net.
Bungay then seemed to step off the gas a little and started to let Sprowston drive at them more with the Bungay defence having to be sharp to contain Sprowston's now numerous runs forward.
Bungay were still able to get forward themselves and a mix up in the Sprowston defence saw a low cross diverted into the Sprowston net for the sixth time in the 64th minute.
Both teams were now starting to tire and the last half hour of the match was a reasonably even affair with both teams getting forward but without reward.
Final score: Bungay 6, Sprowston 0
After the FA Cup defeat last Sunday Bungay knew that they needed to work just as hard to get a result today in the Suffolk Cup. Their opposition was Ipswich Phoenix Ladies who play in the Suffolk Women's league.
The match started with Bungay dominating possession, pressing forward straight from the off and several shots at goal tested the Phoenix keeper early on. Bungay's first goal came in the 14th minute with Nicky Hazell coming in from the wing, controlling the ball well at her feet, turning, and taking a low shot into the Phoenix net.
Phoenix looped the ball forward, sending the ball sailing over the Bungay midfield but Bungay's defence were sharp and midfielder Hannah Jones was collecting the ball well just in front of Bungay's back four and picking out some well executed passes into the forwards feet. Striker Michelle Stanborough then had a solo shot which crashed against the crossbar, coming down only to be cleared by the Phoenix defence.
But then in the 31st minute another Michelle Stanborough effort was collected by Bungay defender and captain Kelly Collins who slotted the ball home for her first goal of the afternoon.
Bungay continued to dominate possession but Phoenix were battling hard, trying to press the ball forward and delivering some good through balls. But Bungay broke away again through the middle and Michelle Stanborough finally got on the scoresheet with a powerful drive into the net.
It was all Bungay as the first half drawed to a close and it was Hannah Jones who took the ball from midfield up the right wing, got past the Phoenix defence and scored a tap-in in the 44th minute to make it 4-0 to the home side at halftime.
The second half started much the same as the first with Bungay passing the ball well and getting into the Phoenix half. Nicky Hazell, who had been subbed during the first half, then came back onto the pitch replacing Michelle Stanborough in one of the striker’s roles and hadn't been on the pitch long before netting her second goal of the afternoon. This was closely followed by her third, a mirror image of her previous goal, a tap-in from the right-hand side.
Then in the 60th minute it was defender Kelly Collins turn to score her second after she got on the end of a well executed Bungay corner. Three minutes later Nicky Hazell scored her fourth after receiving a cross into the box from Lacey Andrews. It was all Bungay and Phoenix were soaking up a lot of pressure from the home side. Lois Nethersell-Webb then added her name to the goal scorers with yet another tap-in goal. The Phoenix defence were starting to tire but refused to give up, battling for the ball and keeping Bungay busy.
But a further goal for the home side came in the 85th minute with Kelly Collins netting her third of the afternoon.
Phoenix ended the match with a bit of luck though in the 88th minute when a clearance from Bungay keeper Ruth Smart hit winger Lauren Purling at close range, the ball rebounding off her chest and trickling into the Bungay net to give Phoenix a consolation goal.
Final score 10-1 to Bungay
Bungay Town Ladies -playing in the 3 round of the Women's Fa cup for the first time -came up against a strong Acle U'td team that are sitting just off the top of 2 div's higher in the Eastern Premier league, but although they lost 3-6 in front of a large crowd that thoroughly enjoyed an enthralling battle Bungay can be justifiably proud of their display.
Bungay started obviously nervous and weren't helped by Acle taking the lead when ex Bungay player Kate Pasque was allowed to head home unchallenged from a corner after only 3 mins, further bad marking from another corner resulted in a push on Pasque and an Acle penalty on 15 mins. Bungay then changed to a 4-4-2 formation and from then on the game changed completely as first Rebecca Calver pulled a goal back when she battled her way through a couple of tackles and fire home from the edge of the area, this was quickly followed by Michelle Stanborough running on to a through ball to calmly beat the onrushing keeper to draw Bungay level, the score stayed at 2-2 for the rest of an even first half. Soon after the restart Bungay took a deserved lead when Stanborough again out paced the Acle defence, the Acle keeper half stopping her shot but it trickled over the line before being cleared. Stanborough nearly completed her hat trick but her long range effort came back of the Acle bar with the keeper well beaten. But in a now end to end game Acle came back as a long range effort from their full back sailed over Bungay keeper Ruth Smart giving her no chance, and then Bungay's Achilles heel came to haunt them as again a corner caused confusion and Pasque was there to stab home, despite Bungay's gallant efforts by pushing players forward they got punished twice late on by Acle to give a final score of 3-6. A superb performance by all of Bungay's players that with a little bit more luck deserved more.
Bungay were hit by player availability issues this week as they welcomed top of the table Thorpe United Ladies to the Maltings on Sunday afternoon.
Despite the introduction of three newly signed players into the starting lineup it was Bungay who started the more dominant side, spreading the ball well across the pitch and pinning Thorpe back in their own half. All that was missing was a finish from Bungay, however a sudden break forward from Thorpe in the 12th minute resulted in their first shot of the match sailing over the Bungay defence and into the back of the net.
Bungay took control again with Lauren Purling and Lacey Andrews linking up well and getting into some good shooting positions. But Thorpe got lucky again with another break forward resulting in a defensive error by Bungay which gifted a further goal for the visitors in the 27th minute.
Again Bungay picked themselves up quickly and kept pumping the ball forward, working Thorpe's defence hard. But a further sucker punch came just before half time when a fumbled save by the Bungay keeper was followed up and turned into the back of the net.
Haltime score 3-0 to Thorpe
Once again Bungay came out strongly and started the half the more dominant of the two sides. And they nearly got themselves on the score sheet in the 55th minute with a low powerful drive from Michelle Stanborough from the edge of the area which clipped the near post and then clipped the inside of the far post, but to Bungay's despair the ball came back off the goal line for the Thorpe keeper to comfortably scoop up.
A few minutes later saw another blow to Bungay's efforts when Thorpe found the back of the net resulting in their fourth goal of the afternoon.
Bungay were working hard but Thorpe had now built up a head of steam, netting their fifth with a powerful shot from the edge of the box in the 64th minute.
A switch of defensive players by Bungay saw another good period of possession play from the home side, one effort causing the Thorpe keeper to make a very strong save pushing the ball up and over the crossbar.
But Bungay legs were tiring and another break through the midfield from Thorpe saw them net their sixth goal of the afternoon in the 71st minute.
The home side continued to press and finally got on the scoresheet with a well executed corner taken by Nicky Hazell in the 86th minute received by Lauren Purling in the box who turned the ball into the net.
Scorers: Inna Marx, Emily Leach 2
Scorers: Rebecca Carver, Lacey Andrews 2
On Saturday afternoon the squad travelled to Bishops Stortford Ladies to play in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the Womens FA Cup, the match due to kick off at 7.30pm that evening at Bishops Stortford FC's ProKit Stadium under floodlights.
Come kick off the main stand was packed out with home support, making it quite un-nerving for the visiting Bungay side. However, the ladies started strongly making several driving runs forward and un-settling the home defence. Rebecca Carver finally broke through scoring the first goal of the match after 20 minutes.
Bishops Stortford reacted quickly and sent several long balls down the left wing, with a few wild shots coming in the test the Bungay keeper Ruth Smart. Bungay composed themselves though and pressed again with Emily Leach's shot being parried into the path of Lacey Andrews to tap the ball home just before halftime. But the goal was ruled offside.
Halftime score 1-0 to Bungay.
The second half started much like the first with Bungay dominating possession and pushing forward. After several attacks at goal Lacey Andrews finally found the back of the net, driving home a well executed solo effort.
Bishops Stortford continued to press however with their home support spurring them on. And they eventually got their reward, finally breaking down Bungay's hard working defence in the 82nd minute.
Bungay continued to keep their composure and as the game neared the final whistle and with only a few minutes remaining Lacey Andrews scored again pouncing on another Emily Leach effort to put the game to bed.
Final score 3-1 to Bungay.
Scorers: Lauren Matthews and Ella Hindley
Bungay Town Ladies' revival in results continued with probably the result of the week in Ladies football as they defeated Lynn Ladies(Kings Lynn) 2-0 in a "competitive" game at Maltings meadow. Bungay had a game plan to keep the dangerous Lynn forwards in check which worked perfectly, allowing the midfield and forwards to push forward in quick breaks, and it worked to such an extent that only once did Lynn look like threatening the Bungay goal when they hit the post - but ironically from the clearance Bungay broke quickly and from Nicki Hazel's through ball Lauren Matthews rounded the keeper to score. In the second half with the strong wind blowing down the pitch Bungay dominated play and when a neat move from Lois Nethersett and Kelly Collins put though Ella Hindley, she neatly rounded a defender and shot across the keeper into the far corner to double Bungay's lead. Despite Lynn's late efforts they rarely threatened and it was Bungay who nearly increased their lead as Lauren Matthews went close. Bungay have now quickly moved up to 5th in the table, and with a fully confident and committed squad, they move on to the league cup(plate) quarter final at North Walsham Angels on 13th March in great heart.
Scorer: Emily Leach 3
Bungay Town Ladies continued with their recent improved form by winning 3-0 at Long Stratton. On a heavy, bumpy ground with a strong wind blowing end to end it was never going to be a classic game but Bungay's solid back line held Long Stratton well back in the first have when against the wind, and took the deserved lead just before half time as Lauren Purling's header from a corner was cleared off the line only for Emily Leach to control a volley and powerfully fire the ball back into the roof of the net. In the second-half now with the wind at their backs Bungay pushed forward, but the heavy pitch made good play hard and it wasn't until a long effort from Emily Leach crept past the Long Stratton keeper that Bungay settled down, and to cap an excellent game Emily again rounded off the scoring with a well taken cross shot from the edge of the area to complete her hat trick.A good overall performance from Bungay with the whole squad now settling down and getting results and the first clean sheet of the season. Young Ella Hindley getting player of the game for her prodigious work and running in midfield.
Scorers: Nicki Hazel 2, Lois Nethersell, Taylor Whiting
Bungay Town Ladies progressed into the quater finals of the league cup (plate) with a well deserved 4-2 defeat of Long Stratton, on a windy Maltings Sunday afternoon. Bungay with finally a near full strength squad started well and pushed Long Stratton back from the off and after a few near misses they finally took the lead when the visiting keeper in trying to stop the ball going out for a corner only succeeded in pushing it out to Nicki Hazel who still had work to do but finished well, Bungay should have had more from their possession but it was Long Stratton who equalised when their strong striker found her way through after a defensive mistake just before half time. After the break Bungay again dominated but this time made use of it when first full back Lois Nethersell ran on to a cross field pass from Inna Marx to score her first goal for 2 years with Bungay with a strong finish into the top corner, this was quickly followed by Taylor Whiting collecting a clearance 30yds out and firing a terrific shot into the far corner, and when Nicki Hazel headed a fourth from close range the result was sealed but there was still time for Long Stratton to push extra players forward and score the final goal. An entertaining game in a testing wind with the key being Bungay's strong back four lead by Annie Piper who never let Long Stratton have a foothold in the game.
Scorer: Michelle Stanborough
Bungay Town s got back to playing again after a long 6 week break and played away at Brandon Tow,n who sit at the top of the Norfolk league. Despite having a lot of unavailable players it was Bungay who started the stronger. with new signings Lauren Matthews and 16yr old Ella Hindley looking strong additions to the squad. Bungay nearly forced an opening goal when Nicki Hazel and Michelle Stanborough combined well but Nicki's turn and shot was brilliantly saved onto the post by the Brandon keeper, but Bungays determination was rewarded when Michelle was put through by Lauren Matthews to stab the ball passed the keeper for a deserved 1-0 lead at half time.
In the second half Brandon as expected came more into the game but Bungay's rearranged back four was in fine form and kept them at bay until once again lady luck was not on Bungay's side, as Brandon scored direct from an in-swinging corner and then a "hit and hope" effort from the Brandon midfield left Rachel in the Bungay goal helpless as it flew into the top corner
Bungay tried to their credit to get the game back but despite pushing Brandon back the goal would not come.
A brilliant effort from the makeshift Bungay team which deserved so much more.
Scorers: Emily Fusco and Michelle Stanborough
Bungay Town Ladies on Sunday played the always strong team from Thorpe United and in a very close game lost 3-2 at the Maltings. Bungay started with a strong wind in their faces and did well to hold the score goalless until midway through the half when the very fast Thorpe strikers broke through. Although Bungay held equal possession the Thorpe goal was rarely threatened, and towards the end of the half a loose clearance was punished by Thorpe. However soon after Emily Fusco picked up a ball 25yds from goal, saw the keeper off her line and did well to place her shot over her to bring Bungay back into the game. From the start of the second half Bungay began to get more into the game and trouble the defence of Thorpe, but unfortunately went to sleep on a quick throw to allow Thorpe to increase their lead, Bungay fought back and after Michelle Stanborough had gone close from Eva Evans cut back she broke through the Thorpe back line to score, although Bungay fought hard for the equalizer time was against them. Player of match was keeper Rachel Moore with some safe handling and good saves despite an ankle injury.
Scorers: Michelle Stanborough 3, Emily Fusco, Eva Evans
Bungay Town Ladies returned to winning ways after last week with a workman like 5-0 defeat of Mulbarton Belles. On a windy and heavy Maltings pitch Bungay dominated from the start with first Lauren Purling cutting in and hitting the post early on and then Michelle Stanborough running on to a fine through ball to take the ball passed the keeper to open the scoring followed Emily Fusco's bullet header from an Inna Marx corner, Michelle then turned in Emily's cross after a good run down the line and completed her hat trick by running again on to another good through ball to fire home at the near post, Eva Evans completed a good first half by turning and shooting after another Bungay corner was only half cleared. The second half by comparison was much more even with Mulbarton giving Bungay's back line a harder game with Rachel Moore in the Bungay goal being called on a few time to keep the score blank, but Bungay spurned further good chances to increase their lead. Michelle Stanborough was voted player of the match for her hard work up front
Scorer: Michelle Stanborough 2
Bungay Town Ladies found themselves on the end of a one person demolition on Sunday as they came away from Lynn Ladies with a 6-2 defeat, with Shelley Woods from Lynn running the game and scoring 5 before being replaced before the end. Bungay started well and had the Lynn team back in their own half, but a long ball clearance was not dealt with and Woods with her pace got in-between defender Sian Cater and keeper Rachel Moore to score from a tight angle, Bungay kept playing their usual game of passing football and it paid of as Nicki Hazel went clear and crossed for Michelle Stanborough to score from close range, soon after Michelle ran on to another trough ball and scored to give Bungay the lead, But just when it looked like they would go in 2-1 up the break slack marking allowed Woods an easy tap in from a corner. In the second half Bungay found it increasing difficult to stop Lynn's player Woods who took the game away from them with some strong running and fine finishes, Bungay felt hard done by with decisions that went against them at crucial times during the game and will have to look for a better result next week when bottom team Mulbarton visit the Maltings.
Scorers: Michelle Stanborough 2, Emily Leach, Nicki Hazell
Bungay Town Ladies finally got the win their previous games deserved with a 4-1 defeat of Long Stratton. With an almost full squad to choose from Bungay started brightly and a terrific run from full back Emily Fusco almost ended in a deserved goal, but shortly after Michelle Stanborough ran on to a through ball and crashed the ball into the top corner from 20yds. This was followed by 2 more quick goals from first Michelle again and then Emily Leach turning and firing in, Nicki Hazel then got in on the act with a calm finish from a poor goalkeeper's clearance. More chances came with Nicki hitting the post and Emily lobbing the keeper but also over the bar, however Long Stratton were far from out of the game with some dangerously quick forwards and it was no surprise when a run and cross was turned into the Bungay net. But with the back four in commanding form Bungay restricted Long Stratton to long range efforts.
In the second half the game seemed flat by comparison, with few chances before an unfortunate incidence in the 75th min brought the game to a finish with a Long Stratton player having to be taken to hospital with suspected concussion.
Bungay Town Ladies once again came up just short in trying to defeat Aylsham in their 3rd meeting of the season, this time in the League cup. Bungay started well and soon created chances with Michelle Stanborough and Nicky Hazel putting shots the wrong side of the posts, followed by Michelle striking a shot against the bar, chances they would later regret as the game moved on with Bungay's efforts from earlier in the game beginning to have its effect as Sian Carter was forced to leave the game injured which meant moving the influential Annie Piper back into central defence, and the final 10 mins brought Aylsham 2 goals to finish off Bungay's resistance. Despite the result it was a much improved performance with Annie Piper commanding in her return to the team.
Training is now continuing under new fitness coach Joe Cooper and Harry Booker -all players welcome 7-9pm Wednesdays
Scorers: Taylor Whiting, Eva Evans, Nicky Hazell.
Bungay Town Ladies had a quick rematch with Aylsham Town on Sunday with the reverse fixture of last week's exciting 3-4 loss, and again came close to upsetting the current league champions by going down now 3-5 this time. Both teams took time to settle and with Bungay having a few unavailable player it was not surprising that Aylsham went ahead on 20mins with a through ball enabling their quick striker to out pace the Bungay backs. To their credit Bungay came back to equalise with Taylor Whiting firing home an excellent strike from 20yds, But they were quickly undone again as again they allowed Aylsham too much room, Bungay pushed Aylsham back for the rest of the half and got their reward when Eva Evans volled home a half cleared centre to make it 2-2, just when it looked like that would be it for the half again Bungay fell for the same through ball and to make matters even worse a half cleared corner from Aylsham fell kindly for them to fire home at 4-2 for the half. The restart brought even greater loss for Bungay as once again Aylshams striker was given to much space to fire home, but to their credit Bungay fought back and mid way in the half Nicky Hazell turned in Lauren Purling's cross after a good run, but try as they could Bungay would not find any more openings in a strong Aylsham back line.
Scorer: Emily Leach 3
Bungay Town Ladies began their 15-16 season with the toughest possible task against current league champions Aylsham, and can count themselves very unlucky to lose 3-4 in an exciting encounter that switched one way and back. After a fairly even 30mins with both teams having chances the game suddenly came to life as Aylsham were awarded a harsh looking penalty against Kelly Collins' "handball" for sliding into a challenge - however Aylsham then missed the spot kick and Bungay went up the other end for Emily Leach to fire home from an acute angle, and then to finish off a flowing move by turning in Tayor Whiting's low cross to put Bungay two up. Then the game turned on a very debatable Aylsham goal as a player clearly in an offside position was allowed to run through and score just on the half time whistle.
The second half action followed on as soon Bungay went 3-1 up with Emily Leach completing her hat trick by putting a close rebound in from Nicky Hazell's shot. But back came Aylsham as Bungay's efforts tailed off and a 35yard screamer of a shot, followed by forward running in to score brought Aylsham level, and soon they went in front as a free kick was allowed to float over to the far post. Bungay fought back and Emily Leach and Nicky Hazell went close before the finish. Player of match Kelly Collins for some excellent defensive covering