Bury Town suffer back-to-back home defeats
DIVISION ONE NORTH
Bury Town 0
Harlow Town 3
Bury Town’s winless run stretched to 12 games with promotion-chasing Harlow showing their class to consign the Blues to back-to-back home defeats on Tuesday.
Following Saturday’s 4-3 defeat to Waltham Abbey, which had seen the relegation-threatened visitors come back from trailing 3-1 at half-time, Harlow proved to be a different proposition for Ben Chenery’s side, taking control of the game early on.
There were just four minutes on the clock when Layne Eadie hit a superb strike which beat Bury’s stand-in ‘keeper Duncan McNally.
Bury were struggling to coupe with Harlow’s quick and accurate passing and the visitors wasted no time grabbing a second goal on 14 minutes. Former AFC Sudbury striker Leon Antoine chipped perfectly over McNally following a free-kick being played in.
The home side wasted a good chance when Connor Hall’s clever back-heel across the box was not followed up before they found themselves 3-0 down nine minutes before the break when Jared Small converted a cross.
John Kennedy came close to pulling a goal back with a long-range effort that skimmed the crossbar.
In the second half Bury tried to get their act together in front of goal but Dan Hammett, Noel Aitkens and recent signing Will Gardner could not hit the target with their efforts, while Harlow almost got a fourth when Lewis Perkin forced McNally into a fine save.
Bury: McNally, Allen, Wigley, Kennedy, Hall, Weavers (De’ath 46), Ingram, Gardner, Reed, Hammett (Barber 62), Aitkens (Scowcroft 77). Unused subs: Mayhew, O’Sullivan.
Free Press Man of The Match: John Kennedy.
n On Saturday a disastrous second half cost Bury three points at home to lowly Waltham Abbey in a seven-goal thriller.
Josh Mayhew gave Bury an early lead three minutes in, before a defensive mix-up saw Abbey get back on level terms through Ryan Flack four minutes later.
Christian Assombalonga went close for the visitors before Bury made their domination count with Ollie Hughes’ looping header from Remi Garrett’s cross. Fans’ favourite Sam Reed then made it 3-1 at half-time from a corner.
But the performance unravelled after the break with Assombalonga getting in to score his 22nd goal of the campaign from a one-on-one before he hit the equaliser on the hour mark,excecuting a chip over ex-Walsham manMcNally.
Mayhew almost put Bury back in front, but sent his low shot just wide of the far post.
But Bury were made to pay for their defensive shortcomings when Darelle Russel pounced on a blunder at the back to score what turned out to be the winner in the 66th minute, with Weavers guilty of a late miss, seeing his header come back off the crossbar.
Bury: O’Sullivan, Allen, Wigley (Gardner 56), Kennedy, De’ath (Barber 73), Weavers, Garrett, Hall, Hughes (MOTM), Mayhew, Reed (Ingram 64).