Mulbarton Belles 8-1 Bungay Town
By Darrell Allen (24/4/22)
Above: Mulbarton Belles pictured together after their 8-1 win over Bungay Town. Photo: Grace Barley.
Fresh from their title-clinching victory at Thetford Town on Sunday, Mulbarton Belles welcomed Bungay Town for their final home game of the season at Mulberry Park.
It was Bungay though who started the game brightest with some good early touches of the ball and getting on the ascendancy from the off with Nicky Hazell having an effort cleared off the line by Mulbarton’s Lucy Lincoln.
This was the wake-up call Mulbarton needed and they began to get forward themselves. The home side’s front three have had a wonderful season and linked up superbly once again.
Mulbarton found the net when Melissa Belsey cross found Lucy Lincoln but the goal was ruled out.
Bungay had a flurry of attacks before Mulbarton earned a number of corners, but the score remained goalless.
What you don’t do against Mulbarton is give away cheap goals, but Bungay committed the cardinal sin as Joanne Pipe in goal passed the ball straight to Alanta Griffith who duly accepted her gift and slotted home.
Laura Hedtke doubled the lead from close range shortly after a Lake cross.
It was nearly a third after a dancing run from Griffith slotted through Pipe’s legs but the shot went wide of the post.
A third goal followed moments later and it was a case of meat and drink. Griffith crossed and Lake finished from close range. Mulbarton were cruising and Bungay’s defending was making it too easy.
The Mulbarton front three linked up superbly once again as Hunter found Lake who passed to Griffith to finished to tap in at the back post to make it 4-0 inside 25 minutes.
A wonderful Bungay free-kick was then saved by Kirstie Andrews in the Mulbarton goal.
Great work rate from Griffith then tried to make things happen for Mulbarton but the Bungay defence was standing firm to keep it at four.
Bungay reduced the arrears just before half-time when Molly Webb scored from distance.
However, Mulbarton continued to press and earned their fifth from Laura Hedtke after Griffith then Lake set her up to tap in from inside the box.
Lake then had a shot saved by Pipe before the sixth goal came when Hedtke fed in Jermy with a beautiful ball which was finished into the corner.
Griffith fired a shot straight at Pipe before completing her hat trick when she slotted home her third of the evening to make it 7-1.
The scoring was completed thanks to Melissa Belsey’s close-range finish.
Bungay should have led in the early stages, but a masterclass in Mulbarton finishing followed with Griffith the star, Lake not far behind and Hunter providing some incredible balls too.
Mulbarton ended the game with champagne celebrations and squad photos and Bungay Town kindly waited for these celebrations to conclude so they could give Mulbarton a guard of honour. A wonderful gesture from Bungay.
Mulbarton’s march to domination continues with 19 wins from 19 in the Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One with just a single league game to go as they aim to win the lot.
They will also play in the Norfolk Women and Girls League Cup Final and the Norfolk County FA Women’s Cup Final at Norwich City’s Carrow Road vs Wymondham on 25th May.
Player of the match: Alanta Griffith
Teams: MULBARTON BELLES: Andrews, McNorton, Smith, Smith, Belsey, Lincoln, Belsey, Hedtke, Griffith, Lake, Hunter. Substitutes: Ladbrooke, Anderton, Jermy, Jenkins, Smith.
Scorers: Griffith (3), Hedtke (2), Lake, Jermy, Belsey.
BUNGAY TOWN: Pipe, Serghiou, Adams, Studd, Renwick, Riggall, Rowland, Eagle, Hazell, Webb, O’Connor. Substitutes: Hood, Williams, Galer.
Referee: Jaden Lister.