Nunn rises to the occasion to help secure victory

RYMAN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Bury Town 2 Margate 1

CENTRE-HALF Sam Nunn kept up his recent goalscoring form to head Bury Town back into the Ryman Premier play-off zone on Tuesday night.

Although Margate took the lead, midfielder Lee Smith tucked in an equaliser before Nunn rose to nod in the Blues’ winner midway through the second half.

It was the defender’s third goal in his last five games, as he continues to cement his place at the heart of Bury’s defence alongside skipper Tom Bullard.

“I just seem to be in the right place at the right time at the moment,” said Nunn. “I feel happy with the way I am playing. The main aim is to play regularly week in, week out.

“I’m playing for my shirt every week because we have got a good squad, so everyone’s place is under threat.”

Speaking of Tuesday’s victory, he added: “The main thing was to get a win. I thought we played well first half, but could not find that cutting edge in front of goal.

“When they scored it seemed to give us a kick up the backside to push on, equalise and get the winner.”

The game started at quite a pace with Marcus Garnham needing to be on his toes to claw away John Beales’ header in the fourth minute and parry Tom Bradbrook’s shot two minutes later.

From Garnham’s second save, Bury broke and John Sands tricked his way past Beales before forcing visiting custodian Simon Overland into a smart save low to his left.

Garnham dealt comfortably with two more shots before Danny Cunningham stung the hands of Overland with a rasping drive from the edge of the box.

Margate’s keeper needed to be in top form to spectacularly deny Lee Smith with a flying one-handed save after his defence had failed to clear Cunningham’s right-wing corner.

Mark Coulson sent a dipping volley just over the bar 10 minutes before the break, but it was Margate who broke the deadlock 10 minutes the other side of half-time.

Matt Bodkin’s corner was cleared straight back to him and when Bury failed to deal with his return ball from the left-hand side, Curtis Robinson was on hand to scramble the ball into the net.

However, this only seemed to increase Bury’s desire for a goal and create a nervousness in the Margate defence, first in evidence when Nunn had his header cleared off the line by Dan Stubbs.

And, just shy of the hour-mark, Sands hooked the ball into the penalty area from the right where a perfectly-placed Smith tucked the ball underneath Overland and into the net.

The turnaround was complete in the 65th minute when Lee Reed’s free-kick was met by the head of Nunn. The ball looped over Overland and in, despite the acrobatic efforts of a defender on the line.

Nunn was called upon to make a wonderful clearance when Bradbrook was poised to shoot, and although substitute Tommy Murphy drilled over, Bury were posed little danger by the visitors and saw the game out.

Bury: Garnham 8, Short 7, Coulson 7, Kennedy 7, Nunn 8, Bullard 7, Smith 8, Sands 7 (Nurse 84, 6), S Reed 6 (Leabon 72, 6), L REED 8, Cunningham 6 (Clark 46, 5). Subs not used: Hipperson, Hall.

STAT PACK

BURY MARGATE

Shots on target 8 7

Shots off target 5 3

Woodwork 0 0

Corners 6 8

Offsides 3 2

FK conceded 9 18

Bookings: Bury: Coulson (foul), Clark (foul). Margate: Ball (foul), Robinson (foul), Stubbs (foul), Cloke (kicking ball away). Red cards: None.

Referee: John Magill. Attendance: 342.