EAST MEN’S LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH: Bury St Edmunds 3 Spalding 2: Bury St Edmunds claimed their first victory of the season from the most unlikely of fixtures — against top-of-the-table Spalding.
Bury Started well and pressured the Spalding defence with some early attacks, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a well worked short corner routine.
The hosts continued to create chances of their own as well as pressuring the Spalding players when they did not have the ball.
Steve Jackson was sent to the corner after the umpires deemed him to have controlled the ball above shoulder height.
With awesome keeping and defending efforts the score remained 1-0 at half time.
Bury came out stronger in the second half. After a short corner routine from Bury was saved but not cleared, Stuart Findell had time to fire the ball towards goal, it took a deflection off a Spalding defender and flew in past the keeper.
The ball was played into Findell in the middle and slotted through to the penalty spot for Robert Wilson to steer in past the advancing keeper.
Bury continued to play well and found a third goal after a move involving most of the team found Jackson in the D, who calmly controlled the ball round the keeper and flicked it into the goal.
Bury continued to have chances, with Owen Grisby and Alex Blumfield coming close.
Spalding managed to break 10 minutes from the end and find a second past an unsighted French.
Stanton continued to hassle the Spalding midfield, making it difficult for the away side to have any time on the ball. As the final whistle went, a penalty corner was awarded against the home side and Nik Ciappi was carded for showing his frustration.
Bury’s defence cleared the corner and claimed their first win of the season.
Bury are up against Wisbech this week, where they will look to echo this performance.
n In Division Four North East, Bury II won 3-2 away against top of the league King’s Lynn Pelicans.
Goalscorers for Bury were Paul Whitting, Ian Konrath, and a solo goal from Jeremy Allen.
n In their final Division Five North East home match of the year, Bury III defeated Norwich Exiles, 3-2.
Goals were scored by Josh Phillips, Rob Johnson and Tim Hollins, who claimed the winning goal from a flowing, attacking move.
n In a tough Division Six North East match away to Felixstowe III, Bury IV were unable to find the final touch in the second half, resulting in a 2-1 loss.
Rob Dyball scored via a fortunate deflection.