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Ridgeons League

Division One

Stowmarket Town 0 Team Bury 4

TEAM Bury recorded a much-needed victory over basement boys Stowmarket Town to lift themselves out of the bottom three with an emphatic 4-0 victory.

Adam Burroughs scored the opening two goals for the visitors before substitutes Will Hitter and Ryan Titlow put the result beyond a Stowmarket side that slumped to their six consecutive league loss.

It only took four minutes for Bury to break the deadlock. Burroughs calmly converted a defence splitting long ball by Phil Weavers, impressively played from the half-way line.

Stowmarket retaliated on 28 minutes, but Kieran Joseph could not convert Ross Myhill’s pass as Bury keeper Stephen Fenner was forced into making his first save in a largely uneventful first half.

After the half-time interval, Bury doubled their advantage 10 minutes in after Weavers and Burroughs combined to devastating effect once again. Weavers’s cross exploited some poor Stowmarket defending to allow Burroughs the chance to score his second.

The home side had opportunities to get back into the game, but poor finishing in the final third let them down. On the turn of the hour, Liam Woodhouse had an effort cleared off the line and Steven Amoss opted to pass, rather than shoot, to the unmarked Joseph, whose goal was correctly disallowed for offside.

However, Bury extended their lead with a third goal in the 68th minute. Substitute Will Hitter weaved past three defenders, stormed into the penalty area and curled a fine strike into the far top hand corner.

Ryan Titlow, another Bury substitute, secured all three points with a fine finish after Burroughs’s assist eight minutes from time, capping off a brilliant personal display.

There was visible discontent among the home support, many of whom had already left before the full time whistle. Bury undoubtedly dominated large parts of the game and were more efficient with their possession compared to the often wasteful long-ball approach by Stowmarket. Yet the home side showed flashes of ability, particularly when keeping the ball on the ground to hint at a potential turn-around in fortunes in the near future,

Stowmarket: Pearson, Woodhouse, Steggall (Atkinson 75), Ward (Dugdale 54), Birch, Pleasance, Myhill, Graham (C), Joseph, Duica (Amoss 54), Drummond; Subs not used: Brown, Sharp.

Team Bury: Fenner, Barker, Peters (C), Weavers, Key, Hall, Edwards (Titlow 60), Moody, Burroughs, Young (Hitter 60), Taylor (Wales 18); Unused subs: N/A