RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE NORTH: Bury Town 5 Haringey Borough 3
Josh Mayhew scored a debut hat-trick as Bury Town recorded their first league win since November in a free-scoring game at Ram Meadow today (Saturday, January 9).
Mayhew, who signed last night following his release from Brightlingsea Regent, put in a match-winning performance but the home side were made to fight all the way for the three points.
Haringey saw midfielder Dewayne Clarke sent-off in the first half but the ten-man visitors made a game of it on a difficult playing surface.
Ollie Hughes and Cemal Ramadan added to Mayhew’s hat-trick, but two goals from Dean Fenton and one from Rakim Richards for the visitors ensured the supporters got their value for money.
The opening exchanges were even on a wet Ram Meadow surface, with both teams, quite literally, trying to find their feet in the game.
It was first blood to Bury in the 14th minute when Remi Garrett’s floated left wing cross found debutant Mayhew, whose diving header beat Harris in the Haringey goal.
The same player nearly added a second moments later when James Paterson’s lofted left-wing cross found the former Brightlingsea Regent man in space, but his touch let him down and Harris was able to smother the danger.
But Mayhew did add a second in the 23rd minute after good work by Garrett down the right enabled him to slide the ball home for Bury’s second.
The home side went close again soon after when Ollie Hughes went clear on the right, and his well-struck shot fizzed just wide of Harris’ upright.
The first half woes for Haringey continued in the 29th minute when central midfielder Dewayne Clarke saw red for a heavy tackle with Phil Weavers.
The two players both went whole heartedly into the challenge, but referee Paul Burnham took offence to the way Clarke slid in and sent him off.
Connor Hall went close with a clever flick header following another good delivery from Garrett but against the run of play the visitors got one back in the 43rd minute.
Fenton got clear of the Bury back-line and beat Neil O’Sullivan with an accomplished finish high into the net.
Bury regained their two-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time when Hughes’ cross from the right was headed home by Ollie Canfer.
Four minutes into the second half and Mayhew completed his hat-trick after Hughes’ blocked shot fell kindly into his path to make it 4-1 for a dream debut.
Craig Nurse was booked for a robust challenge on Anthony McDonald and from the resultant free-kick, Rakim Richards flicked a header past O’Sullivan in the 55th minute.
The visitors were refusing to lie down and manager Ben Chenery replaced Craig Nurse with Cemal Ramadan two minutes later.
Despite being a man light, Haringey continued to press forward and McDonald slid the ball wide before Daniel Walker headed over from a corner when well placed.
Bury replaced Remi Garrett with Daniel Hammett in the 72nd minute and the substitute’s excellent run down the left ended in Hall volleying marginally over from his cross.
With Haringey still pressing forward in numbers, it was looking to be a difficult last ten minutes for the home side but fellow substitute Cemal Ramadan eased any fears when his shot squirmed under Harris for Bury’s fifth in the 83rd minute.
Hat-trick hero Mayhew was replaced by Ryan Jolland in the 87th minute and the former Hadleigh United man received a warm reception from the home faithful.
But the visitors still weren’t finished and Taylor-Forbes’s shot was well saved by O’Sullivan before they added their third goal of the afternoon in bizarre fashion.
Fenton’s looping header from a right-wing cross was misjudged by O’Sullivan, who tried to palm the ball over his cross-bar and the ball ended up in the net to the surprise of everyone in the ground.
It was one to forget for the Bury stopper, but the final whistle followed soon after and the home side completed their first league win since November 28.
The win moves Bury up to ninth in the Ryman North table, seven points adrift of the play-off spots, and manager Ben Chenery will be looking upwards with key players set to return in the next few weeks.