SUFFOLK PREMIER CUP
Bury Town 10
AFC Sudbury 1
by Russell Claydon at Ram Meadow
SAM Nunn is dreaming of returning to Portman Road after Bury got their Suffolk FA Premier Cup campaign off to a scintillating start on Tuesday night.
Bury lost in the final of the competition to Lowestoft last season but Nunn is hoping they can get their hands back on the trophy they last lifted in 2010/11.
The centre-back had little to do in front of his own goal as the Blues tore an inexperienced Sudbury side to shreds, hitting double figures thanks to hat-tricks from John Sands and his replacement Allicion Blake.
“We did not start the game too well but once we got the first two goals we grew in confidence and it could have been a lot more to be honest,” said Nunn. “Just playing at Portman Road is a privilege and it would be good if we got there again and hopefully this time we will win it.”
Sands opened the scoring from a Lee Reed flicked throughball after 16 minutes and then doubled the advantage with a left-foot volley from Dan Hitching’s long ball.
Connor Hall finished a delightful move for the third, with Sands backheeling into his path.
Peter Maina made it 3-1 on the stroke of half-time.
Bury ran riot in the second half with Mark Coulson finishing after Sands’ back header and the number 10 netted his hat-trick for 5-2 after 64 minutes.
Sam Reed hit a stunning curler into the top corner and Hall got his second for 7-1, before Blake fired a hat-trick in the last 15 minutes.
Bury: Garnham, Hitching, Hall, Kennedy (Short 72), Nunn, Bullard, L Reed (Patrick 58), Ingram, S Reed, Sands (Blake 65), Coulson. Att: 353.