Bury suffer defeat as Needham re-discover winning formula

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BURY Town’s impressive unbeaten run in the Ryman League Premier Division was halted on Saturday after a disappointing 4-2 defeat away to Concord Rangers.

Midfielder Lee Smith equalised for the Blues in the 30th minute before a 12 minute goal blitz either side of half time put the hosts in a commanding position to lead 4-1.

Lee Reed added a second for the visitors in the 70th minute, but it did little to affect the outcome of the result as Bury suffered their first league defeat in four matches.

Town will have a chance to bounce back from the defeat tomorrow when they travel to Hastings United (7.45pm) for their Alan Boon Cup quarter-final tie.

Needham Market’s torrid winless run in Ryman League Division One North came to end on Saturday with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Maldon & Tiptree at Bloomfields.

Returning striker Tommy Smith capped off a comfortable display for the Marketmen two minutes from time, adding to strikes from Rhys Barber, James Evans and Danny Bloomfield, in between a consolation from the spot for Liam Coleman, to give the hosts their first league win in four matches.

In London One North, Bury RFC’s stuttering form continued as they suffered defeat on the road, going down 27-15 to league leaders Thurrock.

Meanwhile, Mildenhall Fen Tigers have completed their sixth signing for the 2012 National League campaign by snapping up highly rated teenager Josh Bates.

The 16-year-old from Yorkshire impressed the club when he attended the Mildenhall Academy last year, and put pen to paper at the weekend.