Leaders Bungay Town lapping up their current Anglian Combination feelgood factor
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It hard to imagine a club able to claim better current fortune than Bungay Town.
The Anglian Combination Division Two outfit made it six wins from six this term, including an 11-0 thrashing of Brandon Town on Non-League Day last weekend – a game watched by 88 people following the Black Dogs' pledge to pay fans 5p to watch.
A 2-1 home win over UEA on Tuesday ensured Bungay are now out on their own at the top of the division ahead of Saturday's visit from Attleborough Town – and Bungay manager Tim Clarke is delighted with how the his side's early exchanges.
'We are very pleased, excited – but keeping our feet on the ground,' said Clarke. 'We have learned from the mistakes of last season, we have made the squad bigger to cope with absences and we effectively lost promotion in this period last season. We also included away fixtures in our pre-season schedule, where as last season we played all our friendlies at home and suffered badly when we went away.
'On top of all that we know more about the opposition. I knew nothing about Division Two having been involved in the Premier Division for so long and being honest, I underestimated the quality of the division.
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'If we can get three more points on Saturday when most of the division are playing in the cup, it would give us a very healthy lead on our promotion contenders.'
Bungay smashed bottom side Brandon on Saturday to underline the club's feelgood factor, Town's biggest victory at the Maltings Meadow since they moved there in 1953.
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It was the 20th time Bungay have hit a double-figure score in their 88-year history, their best being a 15-0 thrashing of Halesworth Town on May 4, 1928.
A ruthless all round term performance saw seven players sharing the goals and Dom Mirner leading the way with a hat-trick. Shaun Flint, James Barnes (two), Callum Ling (two), Danny Wilby, Dan Andrews and Andy Hammersley completed the scoring.
Bungay Town vice-chairman Shaun Cole said: 'What an incredibly wonderful day – paying fans to get in has actually made us money. We had a better attendance than five of the six Thurlow Nunn Division One matches played on the same day, a league three divisions above ours.
'I hope we have persuaded a few of those new faces to come back and see us again.'
Things were trickier in midweek, but the three points still headed Bungay's way as they deserved beat UEA thanks to Hunter's free-kick and a John Riches drive, which cancelled out Edward Dodman's equaliser.