Despite being beaten by Norwich City in a pre-season friendly, Bury maintained control throughout this East Women’s League Division One North fixture to win 4-0.
From the outset, the home team took the upper hand with good passing interplay in midfield.
Bury took the lead from one of these moves as Jessica Konrath found Jo Chapman, who slipped the ball Amy Rush to slide home.
Against the run of play, Norwich produced their best attacking move, but Sharon Steven narrowed the angle and the breakaway forward shot wide.
Shortly before half-time, Bury made it 2-0 when a rampant Rush took the ball down the left-hand side and scored with a neat reverse-stick flick.
In the second half, Bury were in no mood to relinquish their lead.
Laura Harker and Saskia Carter-Armitage worked tirelessly in midfield and were ably supported by a solid defence.
Bury continued to press forward and were awarded a series of penalty corners.
From one of these, a neat passing move saw Jo Baines on hand to steer the ball home, resulting in a convincing 3-0 victory.
Amy Rush was voted player of the match, turning in a personal best performance.
Top-of-the-league Norwich Dragons away await Bury this weekend.
n Bury II started well against Sudbury III in the Suffolk Premier Division, giving impromptu keeper Julie Dunger an easy first half.
Bury led 1-0 at the interval, but an encouraging team talk from Paul Calver saw them come out fighting, with Dunger playing as a kicking back.
Great linking play resulted in Mazz Chapman scoring her first of the game, which started a flurry of goals from Sophie Robins, Melissa Sharp and Clare Devlin.
Great passing skills and brilliant teamwork enabled a clean sheet to be kept in a 10-0 win for Bury.