Bury prove they can compete with the best in the league.
An exciting game lead to an entertaining afternoon for the 340-strong crowd. Bury went toe to toe with top of the league side Maldon & Tiptree for most of the game. Ryan Jolland got Bury going on 6 minutes, breaking down the wing to swing in the perfect cross but keeper Daniel Wilks collected in the air. 4 minutes later Ollie Hughes skilfully went through in to the box but couldnâ€™t find Noel Aikens who was waiting to strike. A slick more from Maldon on 13 minutes saw a high ball up field headed home by Gavin Greenfield only to be ruled out for offside. Bury had a penalty shout on 15 minutes when a push in the back of Hughes was missed by the officials. Another good move from a lively Liam Nash caught Bury out and Nash put a great cross into the six-yard box and in the crowned box Leon Ottley-Gooch put the ball in the back of his own net while trying to clear the danger and gave Maldon the lead. Bury instantly responded with Hughes breaking down the wing and finding Regan Pelling with the perfect pass and a solid strike from Pelling flew past the keeper, into the bottom corner. Liam Nash found space all too easy out on the right and it was not long before he made Bury pay putting a great cross in for Femi Akinande to tap home from close range on 30 minutes. A quick attack from Bury on 43 minutes involving Pelling and Hughes made a chance for Jolland on the edge of the ox but Jollandâ€™s low strike was palmed away by the keeper.
Half Time: Bury Town 1 Maldon & Tiptree 2
The second half continued with a flowing game from end to end. On 47 minutes a great chance for Bury came from a long throw from Darcy Death causing a scramble in the box and and Wilks collecting the ball at the feet Of Ollie Hughes. Bury found it hard to break through an organized Maldon defence and Maldon kept the pressure on Bury at the other end of the pitch. On 66 minutes, another good attack from Maldon saw Adam Mill through on goal and shooting from close range couldnâ€™t match the quick reactions of Bury keeper Neil Oâ€™Sullivan getting down well to smother the strike. Ryan Jolland put a good cross in to the box 0n 67 minutes that ended up spinning on the penalty spot and was cleared but the defence. With the introduction of debutant loanee Taylor Bannister from the bench Bury found another outlet for chance on goal and on 69 minutes Bannister pulled Bury level. Ollie Hughes made another driving run down the wing and turned in on goal and with the keeper rushing out played a sweet pass to unmarked Bannister to tuck inside the post. A deserved equalizer for Bury was followed by third for the Blues 5 minutes later with Hughes and Bannister linking up again and Bannister sneaking the ball past the keeper to get his brace. Maldon increased the pressure on Bury as they were now chasing the game. on 78 minutes Liam Nash who had be a danger all game for Bury went close again with a low strike from inside the box but again Oâ€™Sullivan smothered it. Another fine save from Oâ€™Sullivan kept out Sam Newson on 81 minutes. Maldon showed their quality all afternoon and finished strong but Bury stood firm and more than matched the league leaders and took a well-earned win at the final whistle to prove they can compete with the best teams in the league, in front of fantastic support from the Blue Army who never stopped believing a win was on the cards.
Full Time: Bury Town 3 Maldon & Tiptree 2