Thumping victory brings Bury’s best year to a fitting conclusion

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Bury ended a memorable 2013 with 11 tries in their 72-0 demolition of a hapless Barking side in SSE National Three London and South East on Saturday.

The trapdoor is well and truly open for this proud club that were one pass away from playing in the Championship and it seems certain they will be plying their trade in London One next season.

Tanimo Samoa’s fine tactical kick set up hooker Beau Gibson to power his way over from close range for the opening try and more good work from Samoa set Casey Stone free for try number two.

David Ormrod added a conversion and a penalty to make it 15-0 midway through the opening period, and the hosts turned the screw as they approached half-time.

Chris Snelling, Samoa, Logan Dodds and skipper Matt Edison all crossed the whitewash before the break to hand Bury an unassailable 39-0 advantage.

The scoring continued in the second half when Bury’s forwards earned a penalty and then won their lineout close to the Barking line to allow Oskar Lechnar the chance to touch down as the pack drove over.

Ben Radmall was introduced from the bench and he led the charge as Bury scored four more tries in the last 20 minutes.

Fantastic interplay between Samoa and full-back Casey Stone set up the former for a score that was sealed with a swallow dive.

Ian Morrison, Edison and Sam Bixby were having a field day as they rampaged down field, often from stolen lineouts or rucks.

One such attack sent Bury deep into the Barking half and Ormrod jinked away from the ruck to score by the posts.

His conversion of his own try — to go with six other conversions and a penalty — gave him a personal tally of 22 points for the day.

A barnstorming Radmall charge led to youngster Sean Davis powering over from close range to make it 67-0 with eight minutes remaining and, showing no mercy, Snelling capped a fine individual performance with the final try of the match.

Bury finish the year fifth in the league and return to action at Thurrock on January 4.

n Another strong team performance saw Bury Wolfhounds continue their winning streak at Luton last week.

Good tactical kicking 
from Codey Mason, coupled with poor clearance kicking, meant the ball rarely left the Luton 22 and Bury went into the half-time break leading 10-0.

The visitors’ first try of the match was scored by Ian Morrison.

Further tries were scored by Ben Phipps and Ben Scully before Phil Gouldie finished a great performance by scoring in the corner.