DIVISION ONE NORTH
Soham Town Rangers 0 Bury Town 3
by Michael Steward
at Julius Martin Lane
Bury Town boss Ben Chenery said his side are exceeding expectations following a 3-0 away win at Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday night.
The win sees the Blues rise to fourth in the Ryman Division One North table, and maintains their unbeaten league start to 11 matches.
Chenery said: “They’re a group of lads who work tirelessly and buy into what we’re doing. At times we’re a bit naïve, but what we have got is a great togetherness and 11 games unbeaten is fantastic.
“You’re never quite sure in pre-season how things are going to go as I brought in 10 or 11 lads, but they’re exceeding expectations really.”
After withstanding some early Soham pressure, the visitors took the lead in the 34th minute.
Justin Miller’s cross from the right was dropped by home keeper Harry Reynolds, and Noel Aitkens was on-hand to head the loose ball home.
The Blues extended their lead three minutes later, the ball fell to Joe Maybanks in the box and the youngster coolly slotted past Reynolds.
Bury’s third came in the 70th minute when Soham goalkeeper Reynolds raced out to a long ball over the top but was beaten to it by Ollie Hughes, who ran the ball into an empty net.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute when goalscorer Maybanks was shown red for a late tackle from behind on Pat Bexfield.
It was the only blemish on a good evening’s work for the visitors, who comfortably saw out the game to remain unbeaten in the league.
The Blues face Faversham Town away in the FA Trophy on Saturday (3pm).
Bury: O’Sullivan, Allen, Paterson, Aitkens, Miller, Weavers, Reed (Collins 87), Nurse (Steed 63), Hughes, Barber (Lampshire 80), Maybanks.
Free Press Man of The Match: Could have been Maybanks until sending off, but Noel Aitkens takes the award.
Subs not used: Kennedy and Garrett. Att: 151