Spoils are shared in eight-goal thriller at Norwich

TAKING GUARD: Action from Bury's recent match against Cambridge Nomads
TAKING GUARD: Action from Bury's recent match against Cambridge Nomads

Bury St Edmunds battled from three goals down to earn a thrilling 4-4 draw at Norwich City in East Men’s League Division Two North on Saturday.

Norwich had scored three goals by the 20-minute-mark and looked set for victory, but Bury kept battling.

Shortly before half-time, David Anderson found Robert Wilson, who created some space at the top of the D for a shot that was deflected home by Alex Blumfield.

The second half saw Bury start where they left off, keeping the pressure on the home side and creating chances.

Blumfield showed great skill at the top of the D with a reverse-stick shot that flew in.

Bury could now sense a comeback and, after a series of great passes, Owen Grisby was left free with time to hit the roof of the net.

The pressure continued from Bury, but they were caught on the counter and City managed to take the lead once again.

This only spurred Bury on further and, after a textbook short corner routine from Nik Ciappi, Steve Jackson and Stuart Findell was expertly stopped by the City keeper, Blumfield was able to react to the rebound and flick the ball over the keeper.

n Bury II found it tough going at home to Harleston Magpies V, but second-half goals saw them to a 2-0 victory in Division Four North East.

With four subs, Bury failed to find any rhythm and struggled with changes.

They improved in the second half and it was one-way traffic, but the Harleston keeper was in inspired form.

Eventually, Domanic Kavanar secured three points with well-struck short corner and Bury added a second late on as nerves settled.

n Bury III started well in their Division Five North East match at Norwich Dragons IV and looked to score an early goal, but the condition of the pitch led to many players slipping over.

A defensive error near the top of the D was capitalised on by the Dragons to take the lead and they scored a second from a well-struck short corner.

Bury did pull one back through Tim Thompson, who took advantage of a defensive error.

However, any hopes of a comeback were dashed by a two more goals, leaving the scoreline 4-1 at half-time.

Although Dragons did add a fifth in the second half, Bury scored again just before the whistle.

n A hat-trick from Ben Whittaker saw Bury IV win their Division Six North East game at UEA.

The students began with a convincing warm-up and looked to be in impressive form until Bury got to work.

The strength and skill of the Bury midfield proceeded to dominate the match.

Norman Ballard was at the heart of everything, pulling the strings, while Ben Whittaker was in imperious form with his range of skills and scoring with three superb strikes.

The first followed a fine move that started well in defence before Tony Bass set up Whittaker for a shot across the keeper and he scored another on the stroke of half-time from a penalty corner.

In the second half, Tom Melrose was secure in defence, front runner Max Whittaker was making inroads into the UEA defence and an impressive Bury game was completed by a final goal for Ben Whittaker with another fine shot.