Bakare makes immediate impact for Blues

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New signing Michael Bakare made an immediate impact on his Bury Town debut as he helped rescue a point in a 1-1 draw at Leatherhead.

After Blues goalkeeper Alex Archer saved a fifth minute penalty, the home side did open the scoring through Sam Higgins after 14 minutes.

However, Ben Chenery’s side managed to snatch a point as Bakare struck after 77 minutes. The result leaves Bury still bottom of the Ryman League Premier Division, seven points adrift of safety.

In Division One North, Needham Market boosted their promotion hopes with a convincing 3-0 win over visiting Aveley.

A Sam Newson double was added to by an own goal from George Essuman, who was sent off in injury time, to seal victory for the Marketmen and keep them a point adrift of leaders Harlow Town with two games in hand.

In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, Mildenhall Town sealed a 2-0 win away at Ely City, while in the First Division, Needham Market Reserves slipped to a 2-0 defeat away at King’s Lynn Town Reserves.

Bury St Edmunds stuttered for an hour, but three tries in eight second-half minutes saw them extend their lead at the top of National Three London and South East to seven points.

Struggling Guernsey led 7-3 at the break and could have been even further clear had it not been for some last-ditch Bury defending, before the hosts eventually wrestled control.

Sam Bixby, Chris Snelling and Michael Sage touched down in Bury’s 23-14 triumph as they took advantage of a surprise defeat at home to Tring for London Irish Wild Geese, who started the weekend second in the table.

In the Sky Bet Championship, Ipswich Town saw their promotion hopes dented after they suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Reading.

Jamie Mackie struck the decisive blow after just 14 minutes to leave the Tractor Boys in fourth place, five points adrift of leaders Derby County.

Meanwhile, rivals Norwich City moved up to fifth with an impressive 3-0 victory away at Watford.

Lewis Grabban opened the scoring with a 65th minute penalty before Cameron Jerome doubled the tally just five minutes later.

Grabban added a third with 10 minutes remaining to wrap up victory.