Blues’ blitz keeps them in hunt for FA Cup spot

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RIDGEONS LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Team Bury 3 Downham Town 0

AN EARLY three-goal blitz saw Team Bury breeze past Downham Town and give themselves a boost in the race for an FA Cup place.

The Blues are currently 13th in the Ridgeons League First Division, but need to finish in the top 10 to earn their spot in the world’s most famous domestic cup competition in 2012/13.

Adam Burroughs’ brace in Bury’s comfortable success over Downham – who were 10th before Saturday’s defeat – saw the Blues move within six points of a qualification spot with as many as five games in hand on the teams above them in the table.

“For 20 minutes I thought we were excellent,” said manager Ross Wilding, whose charges visit eighth-placed Brightlingsea Regent tomorrow (3pm). “We got the three goals early, which is a bit of a rarity for us, and it was then quite nice to relax because the game was pretty much done.

“I expected more from Downham in the second half, but they didn’t have a go, not even physically.

“It stands us in good stead for that 10th spot and getting in the FA Cup. We want to get there as soon as we can and put a bit of daylight between us and the teams below.”

Bury’s work was done by the eighth minute with Burroughs tapping in the opener in the fourth minute after Roscoe Hipperson’s header from Zehnn Young’s corner was superbly saved by visiting goalkeeper Joseph Barter.

Two minutes later, Young added his name to the scoresheet, tucking the ball home from close range after Josh Curry was instrumental in the build-up, bursting into the penalty area and providing the vital pass after linking with Sam Peters and Connor Davies.

More clinical finishing completed the scoring when Callum Kearns – who completed 90 minutes on his return from injury – headed a poor clearance from Barter to Young, who teed up Burroughs to finish in style.

Hipperson – being given a day off from Bury Town duty to get much-needed minutes on the pitch – was dominating aerially, while the Blues also continued to show some neat play on the floor.

Burroughs was denied his hat-trick when his header was saved by Barter, but home custodian Stephen Fenner had to remain alert to make a tremendous double save, parrying Sam Hanslip’s shot before smothering Stewart Dickson’s follow up.

After the break, Bury remained in charge without adding to the scoresheet – going closest when Davies was superbly denied by Barter and Burroughs volleyed against the post.

Team Bury: Fenner, Taylor, Peters (Hitching 46), Moody (Edwards 64), Hipperson, Weavers, Kearns, Curry, Burroughs, Young, Davies (Titlow 70).

STAT PACK

BURY DOWNHAM

Shots on target 8 2

Shots off target 7 4

Woodwork 1 0

Corners 8 2

Offsides 2 3

FK conceded 7 10

Bookings: Bury: Taylor (foul), Curry (unsportsmanlike conduct). Downham: Plumb (unsportsmanlike conduct).

Red cards: None.

Free Press man of the match: Adam Burroughs.

Referee: M Tant.

Attendance: 45.