Bury Town 2
An excellent first-half display and a second-half penalty gave Bury a comfortable victory at the impressive Kingsmeadow Stadium, against a side who played half the game with 10 men.
Bury were on the offensive from the first whistle and had a fine strike by John Sands ruled out for a marginal offside decision.
But they were not to be denied and, after Craig Parker hit the post, the ball fell to Warren Whitely, who fired home past Rob Tolfrey 11 minutes in.
Kingstonian responded well, but were confined to shooting from outside the box and failed to trouble Marcus Garnham.
Bury returned to the attack and Sam Nunn was unfortunate to see his header come back off the bar.
Tolfrey kept his side in the game, making good saves from Sands, Whitely, Craig Parker and Lee Reed as Bury came forward playing some delightful passing football.
In a rare home attack, Garnham saved well from a low angled drive by Tom Bird.
Kingstonian were reduced to 10 men in the final minute of the half when Wade Small was sent off for two counts of dissent in a matter of seconds.
The second half started with Bury on top, but unable to find any penetration and the hosts went close to an equaliser when Bird hit the bar.
On 65 minutes, Sam Reed was pulled down as he raced in on goal and Craig Parker stroked home the resultant penalty to double Bury’s lead.
Kingstonian fought hard to get back into the game as Bury sat back, but the closest they went was when a Matt Somner shot deflected off Tom Bullard and hit the post before rebounding into Garnham’s arms.
Bury: Garnham, Short, Coulson, Hall (Key 60), Nunn, Bullard, Whitely (Ingram 68), Parker, S Reed, Sands, L Reed (Logan 75). Unused subs; Patrick;, Kennedy.