Toothless Bury suffer another Ryman reverse

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Bury Town 0

East Thurrock

United 1

Bury Town suffered another loss in a drab encounter at Ram Meadow to remain in the relegation zone.

Another poor performance in front of goal from Bury gave their visitors a relatively easy afternoon, leaving David Hughes in the East Thurrock goal little to do.

The first half was a scrappy affair in which both teams struggled to find any momentum early on.

Kye Ruel had a half chance on 24 minutes when a poor clearance fell to him outside the box, but he put his shot over the bar.

As the half progressed, East Thurrock started to look more dangerous going forward and began to take control.

The first warning shot came on 33 minutes when an optimistic strike from distance from Lewis Smith cracked against the Bury crossbar.

The only goal of the game arrived as half-time approached.

Tom Stephen had another shot from distance that hit the bar, but this time it fell to in-form striker Sam Higgins, who made no mistake to put the visitors ahead on 42 minutes.

Bury’s best attacking spell came in the last 10 minutes.

On 80 minutes, Ruel flicked the ball on to debutant Amido Cande in the centre of the box, but his volley went over the top.

On 84 minutes, a Joe Whight corner found Connor Hall in the box, but the defender’s header lacked power and was an easy catch for Hughes.