Unruly Bury finish game with nine men

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Lowestoft Town 2 Bury Town 1

BURY failed to hold on to their interval lead and finished the game with nine men in a turbulent second half.

The game started brightly, with Lee Smith forcing a good save from Andy Reynolds and Marcus Garnham making a fine save from Scott Mitchell.

Bury took the lead on 23 minutes when Lowestoft failed to clear a Danny Cunningham corner and Lee Smith set up Sam Reed who fired low into the net.

Lowestoft continued to press and Garnham did well to push a rising drive from Chris Henderson onto the bar.

Chances continued to be created at both ends with the hosts coming closest with a header by Greg Crane from a Adam Smith free-kick.

Lowestoft had two early chances to get back on terms at the start of the second half but failed to score from close range.

Bury were on the back foot and conceded a penalty for a foul on Mitchell on 56 minutes which was duly dispatched by Dale Cockrill.

Two minutes later, Bury were reduced to 10 men when skipper Tom Bullard was sent off for an alleged elbowing offence.

Bury were unlucky on 75 minutes when substitute Craig Nurse beat Reynolds but saw his effort roll onto the post to be cleared off the line.

Worse was to follow for Nurse three minutes later when a rash tackle led to a second sending off.

With only nine men, Bury struggled to contain the rampant hosts and succumbed to a Scott Mitchell goal on 85 minutes.

Despite a courageous effort, Bury were unable to get back on terms and the points went to the home side.

Bury Town: Garnham, Short, Coulson, Kennedy (Nurse 70), Hipperson, Bullard, L Smith, Clark ( Sands), S Reed, L Reed, Cunningham (Leabon 82).

Unused subs: Hitching, Robins.