Brilliant Bury keep Dragons at bay to clinch dramatic victory

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EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO NORTH

Bury Men 3 Norwich Dragons 2

Bury held their nerve in a dramatic match to clinch a narrow victory over Norwich Drangons.

A strong opening period from Bury saw them open up a two goal lead, thanks to Steve Jackson finding the net twice.

However, they went in to the break at 2-1 after Dragons responded from a short corner routine.

In the second half, and against the run of play, Rob Wilson scored a solo goal with his customary reverse stick strike from the top of the D.

Sustained pressure from the Dragons saw them bring the score back to 3-2 with 15 minutes to play, but the hosts held on to come away with three points.

<n> There was also a victory for the second team in Division Four North East as they travelled back from Dereham with the points following a 3-1 win.

Jim Armitage’s opener before the break was added to in the second half with goals from Will Nunn and Alex McCaffrey.

Elsewhere, the fourth team put in a dominant display away at Norfolk Nomads, cruising to an emphatic 6-1 victory in Division Six North East.

John Briggs got the ball rolling, breaking the deadlock with a well struck shot, before, after a number of missed chances, Peter Watson and Bill Tasker doubled and extended the lead respectively to give Bury a comfortable half time advantage.

The pressure continued after the interval and despite the home side claiming a consolation, further goals from Adrian Dawson, Justin Adams and a second from Briggs capped off an impressive display.

Also in the same division, the fifth team capped off a perfect weekend of action for the club, also claiming victory, with a thrilling 4-2 win at home to Norwich Exiles.

The hosts started sluggishly and were punished as the visitors struck first to snatch the lead.

However after growing into the encounter, they first equalised through Adrian Moulam before on the stroke of half time, Nick Drake put them ahead from a narrow angle.

He was at it again after the interval and with Bury dominating, he added his second from another short corner, which was followed by a fourth from Cameron Sealby

Credit to Norwich who responded strongly to reduce the deficit, but it was not enough as Bury held on for victory.