SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
Halstead Town 0
Team Bury 3
by Russell Claydon
at Rosemary Lane
Team Bury manager Ross Wilding heaped praise on his side after they booked their place in the first round of the FA Vase with three second-half goals with 10 men.
After Halstead dominated the chances in a goalless first half, captain Phill Weavers’ straight red card in the 51st minute proved the catalyst for two goals for the visitors in four minutes, from David Lampshire and Liam Wales, before Joji Kawaguchi added a stunning third.
“It was almost as though as soon as Phill got sent off everyone suddenly calmed down,” said a delighted Wilding, who had no argument with the red card after believing Weavers left the ground.
“I think expectations were then slightly different so they could relax, and because of that we actually ended up passing the ball.”
Team Bury started strongly, but it was Halstead who soon took control, with Jordan Palmer and James Regan both somehow denied in a goalmouth scramble.
After losing Weavers, the Suffolk visitors went ahead four minutes later when Lampshire stole in for his 11th goal in 10 games after Kawaguchi’s long pass had seen Wales run at Halstead’s backline.
Man-of-the-match Wales then robbed a dithering Gareth Thomas just four minutes later and superbly bent the ball into the far corner.
Kawaguchi completed the scoring after 68 minutes with a powerful low drive from 25 yards after Wales’ corner fell to him in acres of space, before goalkeeper Stephen Fenner pulled off two outstanding late saves. Team Bury are in cup action again tomorrow, at Ipswich Valley Rangers in the Suffolk Senior Cup first round (3pm), while in Monday’s Vase draw they were drawn away to Thurlow Nunn Premier outfit Brightlingsea Regent on October 19 (3pm).
Team Bury: Garnham, Fenner, Ripa, Walters, Kawaguchi, Thompson, Peters, Roulston (Snashall 77), Weavers (c), Lampshire (Hayhoe 81), Taylor, Wales (Thorogood 84). Unused sub: Dozzell.