EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
Harleston Magpies III 2
Bury St Edmunds 4
Bury St Edmunds came from behind to beat Harleston Magpies III 4-2 to maintain a three-point gap at the top of Division Three North East.
Bury had trailed 2-1 at half-time, but three second-half goals made it seven wins from eight in the league this season.
The visitors started brightly, and took the lead when Mark Stanton robbed the ball inside the circle before he slotted past the Magpies’ goalkeeper.
Bury continued to dominate, but were stunned by an equaliser against the run of play.
A long ball forward caused the Bury defence all sorts of problems and a deflection wrongfooted James French, allowing the Magpies a simple tap-in.
This gave the hosts belief and within a minute they were ahead.
Two Bury players went for the same ball and after a lack of communication, it landed at the feet of a Magpies forward who had the simplest task to tap the ball in.
Bury pushed hard for a leveller before half-time, but were left frustrated at the whistle as Harleston stood firm.
They did not let these frustrations get to them and started the second half full of attacking intent and it was not long before Bury equalised.
A clever penalty corner routine resulted in a shot on goal which was blocked on the line by a Harleston foot, giving Kieran Devlin the chance to score from the spot.
The youngster sent the keeper the wrong way to bring his side level.
The goal seemed to deflate the Magpies’ spirit and Bury were in the driving seat as they searched for the goal that would give them the lead again.
It was Devlin who was to put his side in front for the second time, flicking the ball in following a penalty corner.
Both teams saw a man sinbinned, with Bury’s Ian Konrath penalised for playing the ball after the whistle had gone, but that did nothing to stop the Bury as they looked to close the game out.
And close it out they did as Jackson made it four with a fabulous solo effort, beating his marker before racing clear and playing the ball under the onrushing keeper.
Bury had late chances to extend their lead, but had to settle for four but will be pleased to continue their good start to the season.
n Bury II scored a late equaliser to earn themselves a draw against Newmarket in Division Four North East.
Trailing 3-2 going into the final minutes, Paul Lawrence converted a Dom Colbolt cross to complete his hat-trick and to stop his side falling to defeat.
n Bury III returned to winning ways with a 4-1 win at Pelicans IV thanks to two goals each from Steve Tassell and Tim Thompson.
n Despite taking the lead through Mike Hookway, Bury IV were condemned to a 2-1 defeat by unbeaten Division Six North East leaders Norwich Dragons IV.