Bury Town 2
Harrow Borough 1
Bury Town boss Ben Chenery has spoke of his pride at the way his side are finishing the campaign — but wants more of the same for their last two games.
The Blues strung their first back-to-back victories together of the season on Saturday when they beat a side that could be going down with them, Harrow Borough, 2-1 thanks to strikes in either half from Jordan Patrick and David Lampshire, before Michael Peacock’s late consolation.
It followed up a 1-0 win at play-off chasing Leiston and has left Chenery full of praise for the character shown by his squad, following their relegation having been confirmed.
“I am extremely proud,” he said. “What they have shown is a great desire and commitment to impress and be honest, and that has really shone through in their performances.
“We are not winning games with luck and good fortune.
“We have really shown how far we have come by beating Leiston, who are going for promotion, and Harrow Borough, who are fighting to stay in the league.
“But we have got to keep going now to build towards next season.”
Bury travel to Hampton and Richmond Borough (15th) tomorrow (3pm) playing for nothing but pride, with bottom place in the Ryman Premier table guaranteed whatever happens with the gap to AFC Hornchurch, who have three games to play, seven points.
Striker Sam Reed will be unavailable for the game with Chenery not set to be too experimental over the last two games as he plans for next season.
On Saturday, some good early pressure saw them take the lead in the 20th minute when Remi Garrett cut back to Patrick to put a low shot into the bottom corner.
Alex Archer made a great save from Ryan Hope to keep the hosts in front at the break.
It only took Bury four minutes after the restart to double their advantage, Garrett’s wing play again playing a part in provding a perfect cross for Lampshire to steer home from inside the six-yard box.
It could have been 3-0 and game over if Noel Aitkens had taken his one-on-one chance, but he shot straight at Judd in the visitors’ goal.
After Peacock pulled one back in the 84th minute they hunted for a late equaliser, but the Blues, with youngster Matty Collins coming on for his first appearance this season, held firm.
Bury: Archer, Short, Weavers, Hall, Allen, Paterson, Miller (Kennedy 58), Aitkens, Patrick (Collins 78), Garrett, Lampshire (Reed 68).
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