Blues frustrated despite late equaliser in eight goal thriller
DIVISION ONE NORTH
Bury Town 4
Witham Town 4
Injury-time goalscorer Craig Nurse admitted he was disappointed despite his 94th minute equaliser salvaging an unlikely point for the Blues in a thrilling 4-4 draw against Witham Town last Saturday.
Bury flew into a two-goal advantage inside 16 minutes before Witham hit back with four unanswered goals, leaving the home side with a mountain to climb with just nine minutes remaining.
But substitutes David Lampshire and Nurse rescued a point for the Blues, the latter in the most dramatic of circumstances, to maintain their unbeaten league start to the season.
“You should always be picking up three points when you score four goals at home,” said Nurse. “We gifted them probably three out of the four goals and to lose a two goal lead for the second time this season is disappointing.
“We’ve spoken a lot about what to do when we’re two nil up and perhaps we were a little bit gung-ho at times, when we should have consolidated the lead.”
Nurse was the only change from Barkingside a week ago, making way for the returning John Kennedy.
The home side made the perfect start after seven minutes when Noel Aitkens robbed Witham defender Tyler Corlett on the edge of his own area before hitting the post from close range, but Remi Garrett was on-hand to tap home the rebound.
Things got even better for the Blues in the 16th minute when Bradley Barber arrowed a fine left-footed strike after a superb link-up with Ollie Hughes.
Witham hit back immediately, Lewis Godbold finding space to beat Nick Punter with an excellent finish.
Then, the visitors turned the game on its head within eight minutes of the second-half, first Scott Kemp tapped in after Punter had saved John Watson’s stinging shot, then half-time substitute Ryan Charles slammed home Daniel Emmanuel’s cross from the right.
Defender Eamon Payne looked to have sealed the points for the Essex side when he headed in Watson’s wide free-kick at the back post for Witham’s fourth in the 81st minute.
Lampshire gave Bury hope two minutes later, bundling home after Hughes’ effort had been cleared off the line and it was left to Nurse to send the home supporters into raptures with virtually the last kick of the game, when he rifled the ball high into the net from James Paterson’s corner.
Bury Town: Punter 6, Allen 6, Paterson 6, Kennedy 5, De’ath 5, Weavers 6, Garrett 7, Steed 6, Hughes 7, Barber 7, Aitkens 5. Subs: Lampshire 6 (for Aitkens 54) Nurse 7 (for Kennedy 73) and Ellis (for Barber 81). Unused subs: Collins and O’Sullivan.