Quick-fire double makes Blues pay for their misses

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RYMAN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Concord Rangers 4 Bury Town 2

BURY Town crumbled to their seventh away defeat of the season in an entertaining match in Essex.

Kieran Leabon replaced Danny Cunningham, injured in the warm-up, and n an even opening period, few chances were created at either end. The first real opening fell to John Sands on 16 minutes when he fired wide after outpacing the home defence.

Concord took the lead three minutes later when a corner by Karl Beckford was headed home by an unmarked Steve King.

Bury came back strongly and were rewarded when Lee Smith scrambled the ball over the line in a goalmouth melee following a corner.

Bury continued to force the pace and Mark Coulson fired just over following a good move, before being denied by a good block by keeper Andy Young.

Billy Clark hit the top of the bar with only Young to beat as Bury dominated the play.

In a dramatic turnaround, Concord effectively won the game in the final five minutes of the half.

In the 41st minute, Shewin Stanley cut in from the left and his deflected shot crossed the line after hitting the underside of the bar.

Three minutes later, Stanley got clear of a static Bury defence before setting up Harry Elmes to score from close range.

Bury came out looking to reduce the arrears after the break and, in the opening five minutes, Sands twice shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

They were made to pay for these misses when, after 53 minutes, a great run and cross by Tony Stokes ended with Stanley heading home at the far post.

The hosts had a good spell of pressure and Arthur Lee hit the bar with a header before Young denied Bury with a great double save from Sam Reed and Kieran Leabon.

Bury pulled a goal back after 73 minutes when Lee Reed fired home a low drive following a neat build up.

Bury poured forward in an attempt to get something from the game, but the home defence held firm and Bury were left to rue their earlier missed chances.

Bury: Garnham, Short, Coulson, Kennedy (Kearns 64), Nunn, Smith, Clark, Sands, S Reed, L Reed, Leabon. Subs not used: Cunningham, Hall.