Bury Town: Super Shane’s at the double in Trophy

MATCH WINNER: Double goalscorer Shane Tolley flies into action
MATCH WINNER: Double goalscorer Shane Tolley flies into action

Shane Tolley admitted he will have to ‘grit his teeth’ for the next three games after bagging a brace in his final match before suspension.

FA TROPHY FIRST

QUALIFYING ROUND

Bury Town 2

Dereham Town 0

by Derek Bish

at Ram Meadow

Shane Tolley admitted he will have to ‘grit his teeth’ for the next three games after bagging a brace in his final match before suspension.

The forward was controversially red-carded against Lowestoft Town a fortnight ago so will begin his time out of the side when Bury Town travel to Cray Wanderers in the Ryman League Premier Division tomorrow (3pm).

After helping the Blues ease past Dereham Town into the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy on Saturday, thanks to a pair of crosses from Ryan Semple, Tolley will have to wait to build on his two-goal haul.

“The most important thing was to win the game, but to get a couple of goals was nice because it was a big game for us,” said the former King’s Lynn Town striker. “I can’t really comment on the sending off, but I’ll just have to grit my teeth, wait three games and get back in there.”

Having now won three of their last four games, Tolley is also hopeful of Bury putting a run together to reignite their push for the Ryman Premier play-offs and go on a run in the FA Trophy.

“It was weird and we didn’t really know what was happening, we just couldn’t win games,”he said. “The victories against Lowestoft and Margate have given us a bit of confidence and hopefully we can go on a run from here.”

Bury made just one change to the side that lost 1-0 to AFC Sudbury in the Robert Dyas League Cup the previous Tuesday, with captain Tom Bullard returning to the starting XI in place of Taylor Nathaniel.

The first half an hour of the match was wide open with Tolley and Jordan Patrick denied by visiting custodian Andrew Wilton, while David Bridges volleyed just wide.

At the other end, Marcus Garnham had to be at his best to keep out Shaun Bammant and Ryan Hawkins.

Right-back Russell Short also showed his defensive prowess with a superb goal-saving tackle on Daniel Beaumont, but it was Dereham’s Gary Starling who went closest to opening the scoring as he rattled the crossbar with a curling left-footed free-kick.

The opening goal arrived in the 36th minute when Bridges played the ball to Semple on the left and the former Corby Town winger delivered a low cross that left an unmarked Tolley with the simplest of tasks of tucking the ball home at the far post.

Bury got on top after the interval and doubled their tally through the same combination in the 52nd minute.

Semple delivered a right-footed inswinging cross from the left and Tolley, who had got clear of the Dereham defence again, simply steered his back-post header beyond Wilton.

Adam Bailey-Dennis somehow guided a header wide and Bullard had an effort cleared off the line, but the visitors remained a danger on the counter-attack and Adam Smith had a goal disallowed for offside after Garnham had kept out Luke Tuttle’s shot.

Tolley was twice close to completing his hat-trick with his head and Patrick found the legs of Wilton as Bury tried to put the game to bed.

However, Dereham had the perfect opportunity to get a goal back eight minutes from time when referee Andrew Aylott adjudged Short to have fouled Bammant, but Garnham dived to his right to deny Beaumont and Bury held on.

n Bury Town SuperDraw week 21: £1,000 Mr C Kempton; £150 Mrs Pullen; £100 Mrs S Tomlinson; £75 Mr J G Walvin; £50 Mrs M Godfrey, Mrs M Edwards; £25 Mr P Adams, Mr C Sims, Mrs Poynter, Mr Lynham. Birth date drawn: 27/04/43. Next week’s prize: £400.