Chances squandered after brave fightback

NARROW DEFEAT: Action from Bury 4th XI's match against Felixstowe 3rd XI in which the visitors claimed a narrow 2-1 victory.
NARROW DEFEAT: Action from Bury 4th XI's match against Felixstowe 3rd XI in which the visitors claimed a narrow 2-1 victory.
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DIVISION 4NE

Bury Men’s 2nd XI 2 Sudbury 3rd XI 3

SUDBURY took the lead when the Bury defence backed off and allowed them to open the scoring.

Bury created a number of chances but could not score, whereas Sudbury took their openings and went 3-0 ahead.

In the second half, Bury came back fighting and scored from a penalty flick when James Pope saw his effort stopped on the line by a foot. Pope took the flick and slotted easily past the keeper.

Bury scored a second from Jo-Jo Parry with a great drag flick from a short corner.

Bury had a number of chances to equal the score, but Sudbury held on to claim the points.

Sudbury 4th XI 0 Bury Men’s 3rd XI 6

SUBSTITUTES Hollins, Dowling, Devlin and King slotted seamlessly in after the first 10 minutes, and the team rotation was working well.

The key for Bury at half time was to push on and kill the game off.

With the rotating back four of Grayling, Tooke, Tooke senior and Dowling thwarting all attacks, most of the second half was spent at the Sudbury end.

The excellent build-up play and pressure was duly rewarded, with goals coming for Smith, Chiang and a second for Davies.

Blumfield was only denied a second by the Sudbury defender after his audacious lob had cleared the advancing keeper and was dropping in under the bar.

DIVISION 5 NE

Bury 4th XI 1 Felixstowe 3rd XI 2

BURY hosted Felixstowe hoping to achieve their first win of the season.

Gibson Jnr and Sullivan Jnr were coping well in defence but, after a lot of pressure, Felixstowe finally scored.

In the second half, despite being under strong pressure, Watson scored a breakaway goal for Bury after a mazey dribble and reverse-stick-flick into the bottom corner.

With momentum on their side, Bury pushed on and created numerous chances, Briggs, Longfield, Sealby and Lands all causing the visitors problems.

However just as it seemed Bury would hold out for a deserved draw, Felixstowe won a dubious short corner in the last five minutes.

Gibson saved the initial shot only for the rebound to be slotted past a helpless Sullivan at the post.