Bury St Edmunds’ disappointing start to the new East Men’s League Division Two North campaign continued on Saturday with a heavy defeat to rivals Newmarket.
The home side started brightly and almost broke the deadlock as Stuart Findell’s strike was almost deflected home in the first minute.
However, this did not set the tone of the match as, despite strong defending from Brad Bosman and Tom Rash, Bury were caught on the break a number of times as Newmarket took a two-goal lead into the interval before adding a further two goals after the re-start to ensure victory.
n It was a more successful afternoon for the second team in Division Four North East as they eased to a 4-2 victory away at Norwich City IV.
Paul Lawrence opened the scoring for Bury before the home side responded superbly to level and then take the lead for the first time.
However, Bury hit back through an Owen Grisby penalty corner, before after the restart, Lawrence and Alex Biddy added further goals to complete the turnaround and secure all three points.
n That winning feeling carried over for the third team in Division Five North East as they clinched a comfortable 3-0 win over visiting North Walsham II.
Freddie Lewis and Dave Chiang saw Bury hold a two-goal advantage at the break before Jonathan Anstee-Parry scored from a short corner routine after the interval to wrap up a dominant display.
n There was yet more success in Division Six North East as the fourth team clipped Pelican Masters’ wings in a 2-1 win.
Behind at the break, Bury began the second half by putting Pelicans under severe pressure as they looked for a route back into the game.
And their endeavours were finally rewarded as John Briggs grabbed a quickfire double to complete the turnaround and snatch victory.
n In the Suffolk Ladies League Premier Division, Bury II maintained the pressure on league leaders Grasshoppers with an emphatic 5-0 win away at Framlingham II.
A dominant performance throughout saw Mazz Chapman seal a hat-trick, with further goals coming from Casey Haden and Sophie Robins.
n Another team enjoying a strong season is the ladies’ third team, who maintained their position as league leaders in Division One following a 6-0 rout over Felixstowe III.
Good work in midfield from Chloe Lawson and Ellie Sarson helped Vikki Waspe score in the first few minutes, with two further goals following shortly after from Mel Mathieson.
The dominance continued after the break with tireless work from Catherine Tasker, Teresa Smith and Andrea Calver allowing Mathieson to add a further three goals to her tally, to conclude a rampant display from herself and the rest of the side.
n Bury competed in the first round of the Suffolk Youth League at Ipswich on Sunday.
The under-12 girls sent two teams and the firsts recorded two draws — thanks to saves from Bethany Farrow — and a defeat to Bury’s second string, for whom Daisy Alfred-Allen was on target.
Bury II also gained a draw and a defeat, with goalkeeper Polly Davis performing well on debut.
The under-12 boys went down 2-1 to Ipswich — despite a great goal from Daniel Bostpn — but James Ross and Hector Ross netted to see off Sudbury 3-0 and Felix Wigdahl helped Bury overcome IES 1-0.