Bury II drop another two points in their battle to gain promotion

STALEMATE: Action from Bury St Edmunds Men's II's 2-2 draw with Norwich City IV at Nowton Park on Saturday
STALEMATE: Action from Bury St Edmunds Men's II's 2-2 draw with Norwich City IV at Nowton Park on Saturday
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EAST MEN’S LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR NORTH EAST: Bury St Edmunds II 2 Norwich City IV 2: Bury St Edmunds II dropped two more points in the promotion race after coming up against an inspired Norwich City IV goalkeeper.

Bury started well and put lots of pressure on Norwich, but the post came to visitors’ aid before their keeper pulled off some good saves.

In the second half, Bury continued to play well and finally took the lead through Rory Milbank’s reverse-stick strike.

Norwich equalised when they were awarded a penalty flick, but Bury came back again and Paul Whitting finally put away a chance.

However, it was not to be Bury’s day as Norwich won a short corner and scored to steal a point in the final stages.

n In Division Five North East, Bury St Edmunds III achieved their first away win of the season, 4-0 at North Walsham II.

Rob Johnson converted James Gibson’s cross to open the scoring and their lead was added to by Tim Hollins and Elliot Gregory, before Johnson got their fourth.

n Bury Ladies produced an excellent display to overcome the loss of three key players to beat Dereham 3-1 and move up to sixth in East Women’s League Division One North.

The home side took the lead with an excellent drag-flicked penalty corner, dispatched by Maria Andrews.

Sharon Holton made an impressive full-length dive and clearance off the goal-line and, at the other end, Bex Selway teed up Any Rush for the hosts’ second after half-time.

Dereham got one back, but Andrews’ second goal came from another fine attacking move to seal the result ahead of the Suffolk side’s trip to bottom club Pelicans tomorrow.

n Bury II returned to the top of the Suffolk Ladies’ League Premier Division with a 4-1 win over Framlingham III.

Rachael Boreham’s brace was added to by Julie Grayling and Mazz Chapman.

n Bury III retained their position at the summit of Suffolk Division One with a
 6-0 victory at Christchurch III.

Olivia Rush, Mel Mathieson and Nicki Baker-Munton had Bury three goals to the good at the break.

With Vikki Waspe spreading the play, and Sophie Lubbock and Nikki Cole working well up the right-hand side, Rush and Mathieson netted again during the second period while there was also an own goal.

Sophie Lubbock was named the player of the match.