Bury ‘lacked desire and passion’ during home defeat to Romford
DIVISION ONE NORTH
Bury Town 1 Romford 2
by Alex Moss
at Ram Meadow
Ben Chenery gave a frank and honest assessment of his Bury Town side’s performance after they missed the chance to go top of the table.
The Blues let a 1-0 lead slip to lose 2-1 against Romford at Ram Meadow on Tuesday night, and with it the opportunity to climb to the top of Ryman League Division One North.
It was only Bury’s second league defeat of the campaign so far, but manager Chenery could not hide his frustration after his side failed to pick up the three points which would have sent them to the Division One North summit.
“We didn’t roll our sleeves up,” he said. “We didn’t have that desire and passion which you need as a footballer. That comes first, creativity with the ball comes second.
“We didn’t do the basics. I shouldn’t have to ask for them to deliver that. It should be something that is natural and automatic.
“The end result is we got beaten because we were poor. You can’t hide behind it. You can’t defend it.
“We weren’t very good tonight (Tuesday) and we have to look at that, patch it up and move on because as good as we were on Saturday, we were dreadful today.
“That’s the worst we’ve played for a quite a while. Our expectation levels have risen, with the constraints of what we have we’re doing exceptionally well, but when you put yourself in the position to win back-to-back home games and you play like that, it’s disappointing.”
Chenery’s side looked to be heading to the top of the table when Nick Ingram put Bury ahead in the 52nd minute, pouncing on the rebound from substitute Phil Weavers’ header which was cleared off the line.
But Chinedu McKenzie equalised six minutes later for Romford, and with 19 minutes left on the clock Will Green fired home to seal a comeback win for the visitors, and ensure the Blues remain second.
Bury Town: O’Sullivan, Allen, Cusack (De’ath 65), Aitkens, Debenham, Clements (Weavers 46), Garrett, Canfer, Ingram, Barber, Jolland (Reed 56). Subs not used: Kennedy, Read. Referee: P Burnham. Attendance: 254.