DIVISION ONE NORTH
Bury Town 3
Brentwood Town 1
Ben Chenery believes Bury Town can kick on now after ending their two-match losing run with a 3-1 win over Brentwood Town at the weekend.
The Blues went into their last home game before Christmas on Saturday having lost seven of their last 11 league games, a run which had seen them drop to seventh in the Ryman League Division One North table.
Goals from Ollie Hughes, Remi Garrett and Ryan Jolland helped Bury get back to winning ways and leaves Chenery’s side now outside of the play-offs by just goal difference.
Ahead of a trip to ninth-place Tilbury tomorrow (3pm), the Blues boss is hoping last Saturday’s win will spur them on for the rest of the campaign.
“It was 1-1 at half-time and Brentwood in the last 20 minutes of the first half bossed it,” he said. “I said it’s a pivotal time in our season, we either sink or swim as a group and we chose to swim.
“There were a few choice words from me at half-time and it’s not something you want to have to do as a manager.
“But sometimes some home truths need to be told, and they certainly were at half-time.
“I knew they’d react well because they’re a good bunch of lads. I thought we were excellent second half, we fully controlled it.
“We’re coming into an easier period now in regards to volume of games, which will help us.
“I’m proud of the lads. We have been average at times, very good at times, but we’re four points off the top and you can’t grumble at that.
“I felt we were good value for the win and it allows us to kick on now.”
The Blues went into Saturday’s clash looking to provide the Ram Meadow crowd with some early festive cheer, as they took on a Brentwood side who had lost their last five games and were now embroiled in a battle to avoid back-to-back relegations.
Hughes broke the deadlock for Bury on 10 minutes, firing home from a Bradley Barber corner which the visiting defence could not deal with.
Brentwood hit back and were handed a glorious chance to get themselves back on level terms nine minutes later, as the lively Andy Freeman was brought down in the box and the referee pointed for the spot.
However, Neil O’Sullivan came to the home side’s rescue with a brilliant save to keep out Matt Hall’s penalty. It would not be the last time O’Sullivan would make a vital intervention as later on in the afternoon the Bury goalkeeper pulled off a fine double save to keep his side in front.
But before that Brentwood did restore parity with their equaliser coming on 33 minutes. Freeman’s driving run down the left wing culminated with the ball being played across goal and Andy Greenslade was on hand to apply the finishing touches.
The Blues found their feet again after the break and were back in front after 58 minutes. Hughes played in Garrett, who dinked the ball over Muhammed Otuyo from a tight angle to make it 2-1.
Then came O’Sullivan’s latest heroics with the Bury goalkeeper pulling off a double save to keep his side in front in the 79th minute.
Jolland made sure of the points two minutes later, before the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Freeman was shown a second yellow card with six minutes left to play.
Bury Town: O’Sullivan, De’ath (Wigley 46), Allen, Jolland (Yaxley 85), White, Clements, Garrett, Read, Hughes, Barber (c), Mayhew (Reed 60). Subs not used: Aitkens, Kennedy. Booked: De’ath, Garrett. Referee: A Sannerude. Attendance: 224. Free Press man of the match: O’Sullivan.