After a shaky start Bury Town won through to the next round of the Ryman League Cup with a comfortable victory at Ryman Division One North side Maldon & Tiptree. This was the first meeting with the home side since their merger with Tiptree United three years ago.
Bury named a changed side from Saturday's league match with John Sands, Connor Hall, Tom Bullard, Luke Ingram and Lee Reed all making way for others.
In a lively opening Maldon & Tiptree looked the brighter and came closest to scoring when Chris Bryan hit the underside of the bar.
They came close again soon after when Jamie Guy fired just wide with a free kick from just outside the box.
Bury then settled and possession was equally shared with few chances at either end.
Defences continued to dominate and neither keeper was seriously tested although Bury had the bulk of the play in the latter stages of the half.
The deadlock was finally broken in the final minute of the half when Jordan Patrick gave Bury the lead with a low drive from the edge of the box.
Half TimeÂ Maldon & TiptreeÂ 0Â Bury Town 1
Bury dominated the early stages of the second half with only some resolute defending keeping them out. Several chances were created but they were unable to make them count.
They finally doubled their advantage after 78 minutes when a low cross from Patrick was diverted into his own net by Michael Toner, with the goalkeeper stranded and unable to prevent the goal.
Bury continued to push forward and little was seen of the Maldon attack apart from one effort by Guy that was well blocked by Marcus Garnham.
The tie was made safe in the 89th minute with a stunning strike from Craig Parker which flew into the roof of the net from the edge of the box and Bury cemented their win, to keep their grip on the Cup that they won last May, for the time being.
Full Time: Maldon & TiptreeÂ 0Â Â Bury TownÂ 3