Bury’s play-off hopes dashed despite hard-fought victory

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Bury Town 1

Hastings United 0

Bury’s hopes off sneaking into the play-off picture were ended despite a hard fought 1-0 win over Hastings United on Tuesday night.

Hastings had the edge in the early exchanges and created the better chances, with Jamie Crellin firing just over and Danny Ellis shooting narrowly wide.

Bury improved as the half progressed and Sam Reed shot straight at Daniel East before Lee Reed went close with a fierce drive from distance as the sides went in level at the break.

The hosts started the second half looking sharper, but failed to trouble East, while at the other end Garnham saved well from Dee Okojie.

However, it was Bury who got the decisive breakthrough on the hour mark when a free-kick by Lee Reed was headed home at the far post by Evan Key.

The game opened up as Hastings fought back with Garnham forced into a flying save to deny Fred Warren.

Hastings were reduced to 10 men when substitute Tom Vickers was sent off for violent conduct as Bury held on comfortably for the victory.

n Bury Town Football Club SuperDraw. Week 47: £1,000 Wayne W6847; £150 Mrs P King C7297; £100 Mr N Howell S8256; £75 Mrs P Rendle AG4404; £50 Mr G Fisher I1335, Mrs J Wright Z6483; £25 Mrs S Necak F7998, Mrs Kuhnert U9378, Mr W Purcell U5262, Mrs J M Davis A4024.

The birth date drawn was 17-07-33, and was matched by PR Harley, who won the £300 jackpot.