Bury Town manager Ben Chenery felt that a harsh red card to central defender and skipper Ollie Fenn changed the course of events at Scraley Road as the Blues fell to a 2-0 defeat at Heybridge Swifts.
Fenn was dismissed for a challenge on the halfway line after just 19 minutes of the match and that had a big effect on the rest of the match. The Swifts scored soon after and wrapped the points up in the 94th minute, but not before the visitors had more than played their part in the game.
Ben said "The sending off had a massive effect on the game, and it is hard enough to come to a place like Heybridge with 11 men, let alone having 10 men for 71 minutes. The challenge was on the half way line, a long way from being a goalscoring opportunity and I am very disappointed in the referee"
"We conceded soon after that as we were still adjusting to playing with 1 man less, but I felt in the second half we were the better team and really took the game to Heybridge. We put them under pressure and I was really pleased with the character shown by the players. Heybridge were running the clock down towards the end, and we got caught on the break with a 94th minute goal, but that was always likely to happen when we were pushing forward"
"We are lacking a killer instinct in front of goal and that is something I am working desperately hard to sort out, but I cannot knock the effort shown by the players, particularly in the second half. Heybridge know they have been in a game today. Having said that, we have come away with nothing and that is frustrating"
" We now have another week to work towards the home derby against Mildenhall Town next weekend. That is an opportunity to put things right and get back on track. We will obviously be missing our captain for our next three matches, so we will have to adjust a little but we can work on the during the week"
The next match for the Blues is on Saturday 20th October when local rivals Mildenhall Town make the short trip to the Denny Bros Stadium in the Bostik North Division, kick off 3pm.