Superb one-handed save preserves points for Bury II
Bury Hockey Club Men’s II travelled to Ipswich in expectant mood, but skilful hockey proved in short supply due to the adverse conditions.
After a goal scored by Will Baines, Luke White-Thompson made a spectacular one-handed save to insure that Bury took all three points in a gritty display.
Heavy rain forced the abandonment of Bury II’s clash against Norwich Dragons at half-time with the scores locked at 1-1.
Bury had got off to a very quick start with some excellent passing play, putting pressure on Dragons.
A beautiful run down the right from Tom Soper led to a tap-in at the far post for Owen Grisby before Dragons levelled matters just before the game was brought to a halt.
Bury III’s game against North Norfolk was conceded by Bury’s opponents.
Bury IV travelled to high-flying Taverham and secured an excellent 1-1 draw.
The visitors started the game well and for the first 20 minutes Exiles were unable to get out of their half.
Bury’s pressure began to tell and they were rewarded when Dawson poked home a short corner before Exiles redressed the balance.
Nick Drake scored a double brace as Bury V won 9-0 at Norwich Dragons, where there was no looking back after the first goal hit the back of the net.
Bury VI XI fielded a strong team for the home match against Norwich Dragons.
After falling behind, Bury came out in determined mood in the second half.
Several short corners eventually led to an equaliser from Phil Gibbs who slotted home.
A break down the left wing eventually led to the winner with Richard Cornell in plenty of space and driving the ball in to the D and smashing the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs.
Bury Ladies suffered a slender 1-0 reverse to Watton, while the II’s lost 2-1 to North Norfolk and the III’s triumphed 3-1 over Newmarket.
Bury over 40s defeated Pelicans 5-2 in the second round of over 40 Trophy – avenging last season’s to the same side.
Bury had a full bench to choose from which caused skipper Sullivan some selection headaches.
Despite having the better of the first half, Pelicans found themsleves trailing by a single goal going into the break.
A frank half-time talk from the coach reaped its rewards as Bury stormed into the lead, thanks to a quick brace from Chiang, the second one being an amazing piece of skill to control a pass from Tim Thompson.
After Pelicans equalised, Dyball’s attempted reverse-pass somehow bobbled over the keeper’s foot before further goals from Ed Thompson and Milbank booked a tie against Dereham on December 6.
Bury over-50s recorded a 2-1 victory against Cambridge City.
Tony Bass made no mistake with a penalty stroke, with Rush adding a second after an inital strike by Dykes.