Bury Town 3
Enfield Town 3
Richard Wilkins was relieved his side snatched a point against Enfield Town on Tuesday night, although felt they were worth more.
The Bury Town manager saw his side take a sixth-minute lead through David Bridges, but then fight back from 2-1 and 3-2 down to snatch a point, with John Sands’ 93rd-minute bicycle kick — seemingly from an offside position — finally sealing a share of the spoils.
Sands had earlier missed two great goalscoring opportunities and Wilkins felt one point could have been three.
“From an attacking point of view I was really pleased,” he said. “Sandsy should have had two in the first half and I felt we created a lot more opportunities.
“They scored from two set pieces and without Adam Bailey-Dennis in there marking their giant, we were a header of the ball short, but Marcus (Garnham) should have done better.
“I felt we thoroughly deserved at least a point when you look at chances.
“If we had lost the game we would have been devastated because I don’t think it was a bad performance.”
Reflecting on his side’s poor start to the season at Ram Meadow, Wilkins added: “It’s disappointing because we’ve played five at home, won one, drawn two and lost two.
“It’s something we’re all aware of and I’m sure it will change if we play with the passion, commitment and positivity we did.”
The Blues had failed to score in their previous three home games, but took just six minutes to find the back of the net in this one when Richard Logan clipped a delightful ball in from the right and Bridges rose to delicately guide his header into the right-hand corner of the net
However, the match turned dramatically in Enfield’s favour from the space of two corners in five first-half minutes.
Liam Hope powered in a header from Lee Allen’s left-wing set piece from the first and right-back David Kendall sidefooted in the second when another Allen delivery — this time from the right — reached him at the far post with goalkeeper Marcus Garnham caught in a crowd of players.
In between the goals, Sands should have put Bury back in front when he found himself through one-on-one, but after forcing goalkeeper Noel Imber to commit to going down, passed the ball straight into his hands.
Bury were only behind for a further three minutes as Enfield took their turn to offer little defending at a corner and home skipper Tom Bullard headed Billy Clark’s delivery from the left down into the ground and up into the roof of the net.
A minute before the half-time interval, Sands found himself in the clear again, but rather than slide the ball in with his left foot, he poked it across the face of goal and wide with his right.
It would take almost half an hour to complete the first period as the floodlights failed, causing referee Paul Forrester to call an early half-time break.
When the lights were restored and the teams returned to the field of play, they completed the remaining stoppage time before swapping around for a less eventful second half.
Clark blazed wide when clear on the left just past the hour-mark and it looked as though Bury would be punished for being wasteful when Whitely smashed a swerving shot beyond Garnham.
They threatened to add more as two goals were ruled out by the officials and it looked as though Bury were going to suffer their third home defeat in a row until Bridges flicked the ball into the penalty area and Sands — who appeared to be in an offside position — reacted with a bicycle kick into the net to save the day.