Bury Saints finished their first-ever season on a high with a 28-26 victory over the Essex Spartans.
After letting the lead slip, Saints quarterback Steve Noble was on form, throwing to wide receiver David Hughes for an extraordinary 63-yard touchdown.
After great defensive play from linebacker Kyle Purewal to intercept and recover the ball, Noble’s passes continued to connect as he found wide receiver Troy Mayer for the touchdown.
Head coach Chris Wallis, filling in for injuries, scored the subsequent two extra points.
Essex responded and took the lead before Noble found wide receiver Trevor McBride for a touchdown to regain the advantage.
The lead was extended after linebacker Fabian Mitchell forced a fumble and Adam Griffin recovered the ball, with running back Manny Duran finding McBride. Noble ran in the extra two points.
The Saints nearly collapsed in the fourth quarter, but held on for a win by two points, meaning they finish the season with five wins and five losses.
Wallis feels the team could have done better over the season.
“It was great to finish the season with a win — some will be pleased with a 5-5 record in our first season, I am not,” he said. “We have built a strong foundation for next year and will continue with our hard work.”