Dismissal hits Bury hard as fightback fails to secure point

NARROW VICTORY: Match action from Bury III's 2-1 win over UEA in East Men's League Division Five North East
NARROW VICTORY: Match action from Bury III's 2-1 win over UEA in East Men's League Division Five North East
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EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO NORTH

Harleston Magpies III 2

Bury St Edmunds 1

Bury St Edmunds’ recent run of inconsistent form continued as they went down to a narrow defeat at Harleston Magpies III.

The visitors spent a good section of the first half with 10 men and it showed as they conceded two goals.

In the second half, Owen Grisby scored after a great break involving Nick Chiappi, Ian Konrath and Steve Jackson to reduce the deficit.

Despite a number of opportunities, Bury could not find the extra goal to get them a point.

EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION FOUR

NORTH EAST

Norwich Dragons 1

Bury St Edmunds II 0

Despite a spirited display, Bury slipped to a narrow defeat away at Norwich Dragons.

New signing Jeremy Allen played well, even when asked to drop back to defence with Jo Jo Ainstee-Parry’s injury.

However, he was unable to prevent the visitors going behind as the Dragons struck after a decisive break away.

Bury spent the rest of the game in attack, but could not break through to get a share of the points they deserved.

EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION FIVE NORTH EAST

Bury St Edmunds III 2

UEA IV 1

An early goal from Kian Semani sent Bury on their way to a slender victory over UEA.

Alex Heard gave the home side a two-goal advantage, before UEA pulled one back before half-time.

The second half proved relatively poor in contrast with neither side managing to add to the their tally as Bury secured the points.

EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION SIX NORTH EAST

Bury St Edmunds IV 3

Norwich Exiles 0

Bury gained a morale-boosting success with a comfortable victory over second-placed Norwich.

Bury were on top for most of the first half, but could not turn possession into goals, with Adams being the main culprit.

Exiles were always dangerous on the counter and the Bury defence of Johnson jnr, Dowling and Sullivan had to be alert to thwart any opportunities created.

After a relatively quiet first period, Bury began the second half with renewed purpose.

Watson, a peripheral figure in the first half, became a more physical presence and unsettled the Exiles’ forward line.

Bury began to play fluent passing hockey and were rewarded with goals by Briggs and Davies (two) to secure maximum points.