Garrett off the mark for blues

TEAM SPIRIT: A smiling Russell Short has a hug waiting for striker Remi Garrett after the youngster opened his account for Bury Town against Billericay Town on Tuesday night
TEAM SPIRIT: A smiling Russell Short has a hug waiting for striker Remi Garrett after the youngster opened his account for Bury Town against Billericay Town on Tuesday night
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Remi Garrett believes it only requires a little confidence to get him firing — and that is exactly what he proved with a brilliant brace on Tuesday.

Summer signing Garrett netted a fortuitous first against Billericay Town, but that gave him the belief to volley home a stunning second as Bury Town recorded their second victory of the season in the Ryman League Premier Division.

And the former Cambridge United trainee was delighted to get off the mark for his new club, who not only netted more than once in a match for the first time this season but moved out of the relegation zone as a result of the 2-1 victory.

“As a striker coming to a new club, I need to get some goals and that has given me a world of confidence — especially my second one,” said Garrett. “I saw it come over, took a touch that set me up nicely and because I scored the first one I had the confidence to shoot.

“Sometimes it hits your foot and you know it’s going in from the connection — and I knew that one was in.”

Garrett was also delighted to put a smile back on the faces of Bury Town’s fans after Sunday’s dismal FA Cup exit at Romford.

“Cheners (Bury Town manager Ben Chenery) stressed how important it was to bounce back from that because we were massively down in the dumps,” said the former Ipswich Wanderers hitman. “We had to regroup and showed that if we continue to work hard then results will come.”

Bury made three personnel changes and a formation switch to the side that crashed out of the cup.

John Kennedy, Connor Hall and new Ipswich Town loanee Jack Willbye started in place of Phill Weavers, Justin Miller and Liam Wales, while Steve Holder was shifted to the left flank as the Blues moved to 4-3-3.

Billericay, with their quick counter-attacking style and slick passing play, always looked a threat and Rowan Liburd’s header was nodded over by Joe Whight in front of his own goal.

There were shaky early moments at the back, including when Connor Hall gave the ball away to Seedy Njie, but his shot was scuffed and dealt with by Marcus Garnham.

Callum Bennett also played his side into trouble when he sent a woeful backpass to Garnham, who saw his clearance ricochet off Nathan Ferguson and loop goalwards before reaching out to grab the ball.

Njie went even closer to a Billericay opener when his powerful shot forced Garnham to make a fantastic reaction save and push the ball against the inside of the ball and out.

However, it was the home side who rediscovered their scoring touch to take the lead in the 25th minute.

Whight delivered a perfect free-kick from the right, Garrett flicked the ball towards goal with his head and it deflected into the net off a defender to give the 21-year-old front man his first strike for the club.

Billericay remained a threat and Steve Sheehan glanced a header against the crossbar, but Bury were growing into the game and only the inadvertent intervention of Kye Ruel stopped it being 2-0.

Nathan Clarke sent a thumping header towards goal, but it struck Bury winger Ruel on the Billericay goal-line.

The Blues did not have long to dwell on the missed opportunity though as Whight’s free-kick from the right was flicked towards the back post where Garrett controlled the ball beautifully before drilling a stunning volley into the far top right corner.

Ferguson’s thoughtlessness stopped the visitors from pulling a goal back in first-half stoppage time when he touched home Sheehan’s header — which was destined for the bottom corner — and was subsequently flagged offside.

Bury tightened their grip on the game after the interval as Billericay’s attacking play faded, despite increased possession, in the face of a rock-solid Bury defence and another industrious display by John Kennedy.

The visitors finally got one back when the powerful Ricky Sappleton headed into the bottom left corner deep into stoppage time, but it was too little, too late for the Essex club as Bury lifted themselves out of the relegation zone up to 17th.

Ipswich loanee Willbye, who was neat and tidy on debut, was delighted to get his senior career up and running with victory.

“It was a very good standard, better than I thought it was going to be to be fair because you never know what to expect going out on loan,” said the midfielder, who knows the likes of Bennett and Whight from Portman Road and Miles Smith from his time at Cambridge United.

“It’s good to get a win and I’m really happy — I couldn’t have asked for much more.”

Bury Town SuperDraw week 16: £1,000 G Gould; £150 J McArthur; £100 C Jones; £75 M T Skidmore; £50 Mr Gale, Mr Blackmore; £25 W Abbotts, P Moore, T Collins, J Milne. The birth date drawn was 15/05/84, but there were no winners. Next week’s prize: £300.