ISTHMIAN LEAGUE CUP
Witham Town 2 Bury Town 4
League Cup holders Bury Town secured their place in the fourth round after two late goals finally saw off Witham Town to seal progression.
Host custodian Jason Baker could do nothing to stop Craig Parker’s fierce strike.
After the break and somewhat against the run of play, Witham levelled when Bob Whitnell’s long-range free-kick slipped through the fingers of debutant keeper Alex Rossis.
This appeared to inspire the home side, who enjoyed their best spell of the tie, but it was Bury who regained the lead through Sam Reed’s low drive after 70 minutes.
Just three minutes later, the hosts were back on terms, but Bury made the game safe late on as brothers Lee and Sam Reed struck to seal victory.
Bury: Rossis, Short, Coulson, Kennedy (L Reed 86), Nunn, Bullard, Ingram (Clark 77), Parker, S Reed, Blake (Sands 81) Patrick. Unused: Hitching, Garnham.
Bury Town 1
This was an evenly-contested match which, but for missed chances, Bury could have got something from.
Bury took a third-minute lead with a header by Sam Nunn from Luke Ingram’s corner.
Margate equalised after 50 minutes when a lofted pass beat the Bury defence and Whitnell headed home.
Bury missed two opportunities to regain the lead as Lee Reed shaved the post before heading wide from close range.
The pivotal moment came on 73 minutes when Tom Bullard was harshly adjudged to have deliberately handled and Stubbs scored the penalty.
Bury threw caution to the wind to salvage something but, after several near misses, Margate sealed the points with a third on 87 minutes.
Margate’s Carl Rook was dismissed for a second bookable offence in stoppage time.
Bury: Garnham, Short, Coulson, Kennedy, Nunn, Bullard, Blake (S Reed 80), Parker, Sands, L Reed, Ingram. Subs not used: Rossis, Hitching, Clark.
Bury Town Football Club SuperDraw Week 25: £1,000 Lisa Lamb E9560; £150 Mr I Edwards Z0920; £100 Mrs A Moscrop L5506; £75 Mrs J Forrester M2862; £50 Mr S Street X9246, Mrs G Appel S7952; £25 Mr T Green E0868, Mrs P Bareham P2534, Mrs Tongue H8827, Mr S Tremble AC4041.
The birth date drawn was 19-11-69 with no winners. Next week’s prize will be £400.