RYMAN LEAGUE CUP
Hastings United 0 Bury Town 2
JOHN Sands kept up his tremendous run of form in the Ryman League Cup by bagging both of Bury Town’s goals as they advanced to the semi-finals of the competition.
The former Mildenhall Town striker struck twice in the second half as the Blues overcame a long trip and a slow start to book their spot in the last four on Tuesday night.
Hastings started well but, despite having more of the play, they rarely looked like breaking down the Bury defence.
The Blues fought back and, with Billy Clark looking dangerous down the left, began to dictate play.
John Kennedy had a fine volley from the edge of the box well saved and Clark fired high and wide from a good position, while at the other end a low cross by Tamer Tuna failed to find a colleague.
Bury continued to have the bulk of possession and only a fine block by keeper Matt Armstrong-Ford denied Kieran Leabon before Sands fired over when well placed.
The same pattern was established at the start of the second half with Bury on top but unable to break the deadlock as Sam Nunn had a header saved and Lee Smith headed wide from a Lee Reed corner.
Bury finally took a deserved lead after 67 minutes. Leabon forced his way into the box and found John Sands, who turned to fire low inside the near post.
Little was seen of the Hastings attack as Bury continued to dominate and Clark went close to doubling the lead when his shot was tipped on to the post by the keeper on 77 minutes.
In the next minute, Bury scored a second when a long ball deceived the home defence and Sands ran on to fire past Armstrong-Ford.
Hastings fought back in the final minutes, but their best effort was cleared off the line by Connor Hall as Bury eased into the semi final.
Bury: Garnham, Short, Coulson (Hall 30), Kennedy, Nunn, Smith, Kearns, Leabon, Sands (Hitching 89), L Reed, B Clark (Curry 86). Sub not used: Cunningham.