Bury suffer humbling at hands of Whitehawk

ON TARGET: John Sands broke the deadlock but couldn't prevent a defeat
ON TARGET: John Sands broke the deadlock but couldn't prevent a defeat
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Bury Town striker John Sands admitted his side were ‘bossed’ by visiting Whitehawk at Ram Meadow on Saturday.

The Blues were completely outclassed in their 3-1 reverse to the high-flying Sussex outfit, leaving the Suffolk side without a win in their three league matches since September 15.

Sands had given the Bury the perfect start, heading home Lee Reed’s corner seven minutes in, but on-loan Portsmouth winger Jed Wallace set two goals up for Sam Gargan before scoring direct from a corner to settle the result.

“It was a terrible result,” said Sands, who feels he is getting back to full fitness after a groin problem stalled his start to the season. “We have got to be winning these games if we want to push on for promotion.

“The manager wasn’t happy because we were 1-0 up and gave away three rubbish goals – we got bossed.”

All looked well for Bury when – having won a corner by seeing his shot deflected on to a post and wide – Sands made a perfectly-timed run to the near post and rose higher than anyone to thump his header beyond Chris Winterton.

However, that was as good as it would get for Bury, who would have struggled to beat 10 men, which Whitehawk perhaps should have had when Sands appeared t feel the full force of ex-Fulham, Millwall and Crystal Palace defender Matt Lawrence’s elbow in a mid-air collision shortly after the opening goal.

It was Lawrence who fired the first attacking warning at Marus Garnham when the Blues failed to properly deal with the first of 11 corners they would face.

The home custodian also kept his team in the game when springing to palm the ball over after Gargan’s effort had been deflected high into the air.

Despite several other efforts that failed to trouble Garnham, Whitehawk remained on top and delivered a devastating eight-minute spell early in the second period.

The outstanding Wallace, returning to parent club Portsmouth after the game, twice set up Gargan, in the 49th and 52nd minutes.

He drove a cross in for the striker to chest home from close range before a more precise and deft delivery was met by a diving header from the number nine, with the ball going in off the underside of the bar.

Wallace netted the third himself when Bury somehow managed to let his corner bounce across the face of their goal and over the line.

Garnham kept out substitute Josh Jones and Mark Coulson cleared off the line from Gargan in the closing stages, while the Blues could only respond with Russell Short twice shooting off target from range, and Connor Hall and Allicion Blake firing wide from closer in.

Bury’s misery – watched on by missing quintet Tom Bullard, Billy Clark, Elliot Hunter, Luke Ingram and Sam Reed from the main stand – was complete when Jordan Patrick picked up a needless second booking and subsequent red card for a petulant foul deep into stoppage time.