Bury Town reach fourth consecutive Premier Cup final

SUPER SUB: Ryan Taylor
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Ryan Taylor’s first goal for Bury Town and Jordan Patrick’s screamer fired the Blues into another Suffolk Premier Cup final.

Richard Wilkins’ men, who are chasing their fifth trophy in as many seasons, saw off the challenge of Ryman League Premier Division rivals Leiston — who notched late on through ex-Blue boy Craig Parker — 2-1 at The MEL Group Stadium, home of AFC Sudbury.

Danny Cunningham struck the post before Liam Wales and Taylor, who replaced the injured Cunningham in the 22nd minute, brought fantastic saves from Leiston goalkeeper Danny Gay.

Billy Clark had created all three of those chances and the fourth he set up, chipping a perfectly-weighted pass through for Taylor, produced a goal as the young Bury-born striker beat Gay to the ball and stabbed it into the net.

Marcus Garnham reacted superbly to deny Rhys Henry at the start of the second period before Parker fired the follow-up over, but the east coast outfit struggled to create the sort of chances Bury made.

Patrick’s moment of sheer brilliance 10 minutes after the interval, which saw him rifle an unstoppable shot into the top corner from the left corner of the penalty area, doubled the Blues’ lead and Taylor was denied making it 3-0 by the legs of Gay.

Parker bundled the ball into the net in the 89th minute to set up a tense final few minutes, but Bury progressed to their fourth consecutive Suffolk Premier Cup final.

Full report, reaction and pictures in Friday’s Free Press.