Bradley Barber & Josh Mayhew get Bury Town back on track with a 2-0 win.
Goals from Bradley Barber and Josh Mayhew were enough to seal the points and get Bury Town back to pushing the teams around them at the top of the table. A big crown of 309 saw both sides start well and it was Thurrock with the first chance on 3 minutes, James Goode getting a shot away but a great save by Neil Oâ€™Sullivan kept the scores level. Bradley Barber put his free kick on to the head of returning Bury striker Josh Mayhew but his header went just over the bar. A mistake from Oâ€™Sullivan gifted a chance to Ross Wall on 13 minutes but his shot lacked power and Oâ€™Sullivan made the catch. Tom Debenham headed just over the bar for Bury on 21 minutes after another good corner from Barber. Bury won a central free kick just outside the box on 26 minutes and Bury Captain Bradley Barber fired Bury in to the lead, Barberâ€™s perfect free kick curling around the wall and past Thurrock keeper Connor Wheatley and inside the post. On 30 minutes Bury should have increased their lead when Noel Aitkenâ€™s showed great awareness and played Mayhew through the center, Mayhew beat the keeper but put his shot wide of the far post. Charlie Stimson worked the ball in to the box for Thurrock on 33 minutes but his shot was cleared by Tevan Allen in the goal mouth. A quick break by Thurrock on 40 minutes saw Ronnie Winn cross in to the box but no one could connect with it.
Half Time: Bury Town 1 Thurrock 0
After the break Thurrock reduced Bury to few chances up front and tested the Bury back line but an outstanding performance from Tom Debenham and the Bury defence saw Blues see out the early pressure. On 56 minutes a free kick for the visitors in a dangerous position saw Richard Halle shoot a foot wide of the post. Two minutes later a great run down the wing from Michael Pindy created a chance for Wall in the box but he shot high and wide. on 60 minutes Pindy again broke down the wing a crossed in to the box, this time Ronnie Winn headed wide close to the far post. Bury were solid and Josh Mayhew put the game beyond Thurrock on 81 minutes, the returning striker came around the back of the defence from a Barber corner to slot his shot past the keeper at the near post. A good game was marred in injury time when a flash point saw Thurrock substitute Harvey Cook put in a vicious sliding challenge on the Bury keeper and Bury ended the game with 10 men after Phil Weavers who was close to incident was sent off for violent conduct. Cook receiving a very lenient yellow card. Bury took the points and get back on track at the top end of the table.
Full Time: Bury Town 2 Thurrock 0