Bury’s FA Cup first round dreams dashed

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Bury Town’s hopes of reaching the first round of the FA Cup were dashed at the final hurdle, following a 3-1 defeat away to Dorchester Town on Saturday.

The visitors fell a goal behind after seven minutes through Charlie Clough and their task didn’t become any easier when they were reduced to nine men following the second half dismissals of Luke Ingram and Tom Bullard.

However, it took the hosts until the 88th minute to add a second through Jake Smeeton, before Connor Hall grabbed a consolation for Bury.

There was just enough time for Ben Watson to add a third in injury time, securing Dorchester’s progression.

Meanwhile, Needham Market, clinched their first Ryman League Division One North victory in five matches with an emphatic 6-1 victory away at Ilford. Defenders Nathan Clarke and James Evans both netted a brace with further strikes coming from Ollie Fenn and Duane Wright.

Elsewhere, Bury St Edmunds maintained their 100 percent record in London One North with a hard fought 34-10 win over Brentwood at the Haberden.

However, it was not straight forward, with the all important fourth try coming after the 78th minute through Ryan Wiggins, following previous scores from Matt Edison, Sam Bixby and man of the match Ben Radmell, while Will Martin kicked his way to a 14 point haul.