Battling Bury keep their play-off aspirations alive

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RYMAN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Aveley 1 Bury Town 2

BURY were made to fight all the way for this narrow victory over relegated Aveley to keep in contention for a play-off place.

Bury took an early lead through Billy Clark after only seven minutes.

Clark received the ball just outside the box before beating two defenders and slipping the ball past Dave McCartney to score off the inside of the post.

The keeper made a fine save to deny John Sands before the hosts settled down and forced Marcus Garnham into action, saving a deflected shot from Dee Okajie.

Aveley got back on terms after 18 minutes. Okajie worked his way to the by-line and cut the ball back for Kayan Kalipha to drive into the roof of the net from 12 yards.

Bury started the second half well, but failed to trouble McCartney despite having most of the play.

Aveley forced several free-kicks outside the Bury box, but were unable to create a clear chance.

The decisive goal came after 71 minutes, when Aveley conceded a needless free-kick near the corner flag and Clark delivered a precision cross from which Sands’ flicked header found the net just inside the far post.

Aveley fought hard to restore parity, but the Bury defence held on to secure three valuable points.

Bury: Garnham, Short, Hall, Kennedy, Nunn, Bullard, Clark, Sands, S Reed, L Reed, Cunningham (Leabon 70). Unused subs: Coulson, Kearns, Hipperson, Smith.