Bury Town 0 Metropolitan Police 1
by Derek Bish at Ram Meadow
A SMASH and grab took place in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday – police are searching for themselves.
Despite being well below par, Bury Town can rightfully feel aggrieved to have lost 1-0 at home for the second time this season after the visiting Metropolitan Police netted with their only meaningful effort on target.
Twice Tom Bullard was denied by goal-line clearances from Tyron Smith, Roscoe Hipperson’s towering header rattled the crossbar and Sam Reed missed the Blues’ best chance when shooting straight at visiting custodian Jamie Butler with 10 minutes remaining.
The first of those Smith clearances took place 15 minutes into the match when Danny Cunningham’s deep right-wing corner was headed into the six-yard box, flicked on by Bullard, but blocked by Met Police’s number six.
Kieran Leabon glanced Cunningham’s inswinging free-kick narrowly wide before setting up Sam Reed, whose left-footed shot was unconvincingly scrambled away by Butler.
Hipperson thumping header smashed against the bar from Sam Reed’s left-wing coner, before a lively Cunningham fizzed a shot just over.
However, the visitors netted against the run of play when Tony Finn collected Craig Brown’s cross and in one touch swivelled past Russell Short, before firing low past a helpless Marcus Garnham.
Leabon blazed over, but Bullard was within a whisker of netting yet again from Cunningham’s corner, but found Smith equal to his headed effort on the line once more.
Russell Short’s long throw then appeared to bounce right across the area and against the post, but Lee Reed was denied the equaliser as Butler twice made excellent smothering saves at the midfielder’s feet from point-blank range.
Bury failed to create as much after the break, but Butler had to be alert to pluck Leabon’s cross off the head of Sam Reed.
Bury’s best chance to level came when Leabon slid the ball through for Sam Reed, whose low shot was blocked by the legs of Butler, when a clipped effort over him would definitely have found the net.
There was more drama, but just off the pitch when one of the assistant officials was injured and Bury left-back Elliot Hunter – who had played the opening 66 minutes – was called upon to run the line for the closing stages.
Free Press man of the match: Danny Cunningham.