Bury and Needham edge closer to confirming play-off places

BURY Town remain in contention for a Ryman League Premier Division play-off place after a hard fought 2-1 victory away to already relegated Aveley on Saturday.

Billy Clark broke the deadlock after just seven minutes before Kayan Kalipha responded, levelling for the hosts 11 minutes later.

John Sands then struck the decisive goal 19 minutes from the end to leave Town fourth, just needing victory at home to Cray Wanderers on Saturday to confirm their play-off berth.

Meanwhile, Needham Market will have to wait another week to confirm their place in the Ryman League Division One North play-offs after dropping a two goal advantage in a 3-3 draw at home to Romford.

All three points looked a certainty with 15 minutes to play after Sam Newson and Duane Wright added to Danny Bloomfields early opener in between Joe Bingham’s equaliser for the visitors just before the break.

However two goals in as many minutes from Kurt Smith and then Paul Clayton with ten minutes remaining, snatched an unlikely point for Romford.

The Marketmen now need a victory in their next match away to Chatham Town to secure their place within the top five.

In the rugby, Bury St Edmunds claimed their ninth consecutive victory in London One North with a comfortable 35-8 victory away to rivals Diss.