EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
Dereham I 2 Bury I 4
CAL Dalais’ brace saw Bury claim an away victory against a physical Dereham side.
Bury travelled north with a side seeing many changes from the previous week’s draw against Spalding.
The visitors took time to gel against the hosts and they found themselves 2-1 down at the break after taking the lead early through Cal Dalais.
A half time discussion was all that was needed and Bury came out and played better hockey in the second half.
They quickly levelled the score and went one ahead five minutes later with goals from Rob Wilson and a second for Dalais.
Dereham went down to nine men as Bury played some mature hockey, but found themselves under pressure when Dalais was sent to the sin bin mid way through the second half.
Bury increased their pace and went 4-2 ahead when Ian Konrath finished from a goalmouth scramble to seal the points.
Bury II 2 Watton I 2
Bury put their first league on the board after earning a draw in a tough encounter with Watton.
An even opening period ended goalless with neither side able to take their chances, but the deadlock was broken in the second half when Dom Kavanar hit a fierce short corner.
Alex McCaffrey doubled the home side’s lead with a delightful flick over the keeper, before they came close to making it three when skipper Paul Lawrence had an effort saved on the line.
Watton fought back as Bury tired and scored two quick goals to even the score.
Both sides had chances late on, but neither could apply the finishing touch and find a winner.
Bury IV 3, North Walsham III 2
Bury notched their first win of the season with a deserved win over North Walsham.
The home side started quickly and went ahead early when Josh Phillips scored his first senior goal.
North Walsham countered quickly and the Bury rearguard of Tom Melrose, Patrick Sullivan and Fin Campbell-Todd were exposed. Despite the best efforts of Eddie Gibson, in goal, the scores were soon level.
Bury regrouped and began to play some fine passing hockey. The midfield of Rob Johnson, Will Meyer, Adrian Dawson and Dom Kavanagh began to exert control and Oscar Bedford was a constant threat on the left wing.
A timely interception and quick release by Sullivan started a Bury counter attack that ended with Kavanagh drilling the ball home.
Once again, the vistors rallied and their pacey forwards exposed the Bury defence to level the scores going into half time.
In the second half, Bury continued to control the game and were rewarded with a well taken goal from Phil Rake.
The Bury midfield was dominant and a succession of chances were created by the fine running of Bedford, Phillips and James Gibson on the flanks.
These were not converted and, at the end, Bury were relieved to hear the final whistle.
Ipswich & East Suffolk V 1, Bury St Edmunds V 6
Bury got themselves back to winning ways with a devastating away display against Ipswich and East Suffolk.
Although this match was closer than the scoreline suggests, some of Bury’s attacking play was superb and were worthy winners.
The home side opened the scoring from a short-corner, before Bury responded by establishing better control of midfield and increasing the width of their play to allow Nick Drake to equalise.
The scores remained level at half time, but only because Tom Aitchison remained alert in the Bury goal.
In the second half, John Grinham and Connor Mortlock combined well down the right, likewise Tony Bass and Sealby on the opposite flank.
Adrian Moulam linked adroitly with both pairs, the result a devastating 20 minute spell.
Nick Drake scored two further goals, Moulam and Bass one each, with Chris Rowland adding a sixth with a strike from a short corner.
Ipswich and East Suffolk made every effort to gain a consolation score, but were denied with Rowlands and Derek Butters making timely interventions at the back.