Draw specialists denied second win of season by umpires’ call

SPOILS SHARED: Action from Bury St Edmunds Men's 2-2 draw with Norwich Dragons on Saturday
SPOILS SHARED: Action from Bury St Edmunds Men's 2-2 draw with Norwich Dragons on Saturday
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EAST MEN’S LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH: Bury St Edmunds 2 Norwich Dragons 2: Struggling Bury St Edmunds were forced to settle for a frustrating draw against high-flying Norwich Dragons at Nowton Park on Saturday.

The result left Bury second bottom of the East Men’s League Division Two North table with just nine points from 15 matches and in serious danger of relegation.

However, they felt hard done by not to defeat their third-placed visitors on Saturday, with a controversial decision late in the match to disallow a Bury goal denying the Suffolk side their second victory of the season.

Bury put plenty of pressure on the Dragons in the opening 20 minutes and were disallowed a goal after a conference between the umpires.

They finally took the lead through Nik Ciappi’s penalty stroke after a smart short corner routine involving Brad Bosman, Stu Findell, Tom Rash and Toby Nunn had been stopped on the line by a Norwich foot.

However, Dragons hit back either side of the interval to lead, but another short corner routine brought Bury level when Bosman fired in the rebound after a good save by the visiting goalkeeper.

Ciappi thought he had slotted in the winner, but another conference between the umpires led to them changing their minds, meaning the result remained 2-2 and leaves Bury with the equal most amount of draws in the 29 divisions that make up the East Men’s League.

n Bury II took on Norwich Dragons’ third team in Division Five North East and scored the only goal of the game to remain on the fringes of the promotion race.

Top-class goalkeeping from Rob Shone kept Bury in the match in the early stages, but they improved after the interval and Jim Armitage fired home the winner from a tight angle.