BURY Town’s Mark Coulson is already plotting his way to two more celebrations this season after his match-winning contribution in Tuesday night’s Alan Boon Ryman League Cup final.
The 26-year-old’s stunning winning goal – a 30-yard screamer – may have been his first of the season, but it has probably already wrapped him up the goal of the season award and with it the Blues’ first trophy of 2012.
But with a promotion battle in the Ryman League Premier Division and a Suffolk Premier Cup final with Lowestoft Town to come, Coulson hopes the best is yet to follow.
“The way the club has developed over the years is immense,” he said. “I think people are now starting to realise what we are capable of this year and maybe we could win a treble.”
Bury battered East Thurrock United for 90 minutes, but it was left to the unlikely contribution of left-back Coulson to seal the Suffolk side’s triumph.
“I don’t know where that came from,” he admitted. “I’ve been waiting a year and a half for that goal – since we played Staines in the FA Cup.
“I don’t usually shoot, but sometimes when you hit them you know they are going straight in and that was one of them.
“For the whole 90 minutes we battered them and we always knew we were going to score – I think it was just a bit of a shock it came from one of the full-backs.”
It was a night to remember for everyone connected with Bury Town, but perhaps none more so than midfielder Callum Kearns, who returned to the scene of his serious knee injury with a vital contribution from the bench.
The Blues lost key player John Kennedy to a hamstring problem in the first half, but made up for it with an all-action performance.
“It’s a big thing for me to go to Staines and win a trophy,” said 23-year-old Kearns. “It’s completely behind me now – I thought I might get a few butterflies, but it didn’t faze me at all.”
Captain Tom Bullard described Bury’s travelling support as ‘brilliant’ and also reserved special praise for his team-mates.
He said: “Everyone put in a massive shift and came off shattered, so I’m really proud.”
n More cup final action, reaction and pictures on Pages 156 and 157.