Ollie Hughes double sees Bury take the points
Three first half goals decided this game on a bitterly cold afternoon at the Denny Bros Stadium. Barking had a half chance on 6 minutes with a break down the wing but the cross into the box was just too high for Abs Seymore to head goalward. Jake Chambers Shaw found a bit of space on 14 minutes for Bury but his shot lacked power as it rolled through to Tim Brown in the Barking goal. Cemal Ramadan tested Brown on 18 minutes with a solid strike from the edge of the box and Brown showed safe hands to make the save. Bury took the lead with Ollie Hughes getting on the end of a good corner in and putting the ball past Brown to open the scoring on 25 minutes. Barking pulled level on 36 minutes with a well taken strike from Darrelle Russell who slotted the ball low past Bury keeper Luis Tibbles and in to the bottom corner of the net. Just before the break Ryley Scott chased a loose ball deep in to the Barking box and put the perfect chip over the keeper and in for Ollie Hughes to head home to give the lead at the break.
Half Time: Bury Town 2 Barking 1
The second half saw both sides find it tough going in the deteriorating weather. Bury had a good penalty shout on 54 minutes when Ollie Hughes was bundled over in the box, but the match official saw nothing wrong with the challenge and waved play on. A wicked strike from Abs Seymore on 61 minutes tested Bury keeper Luis Tibbles who made a great save to put the ball out for a corner. Bury had a second good penalty shout on 73 minutes when Cemal Ramadan was clear in the box and got his shot away only to be handled by the last man which took all the power out of the strike but the referee and the linesman both appeared to miss the obvious handball. Ollie Hughes had a great chance to bag hit hat trick on 79 minutes, a quality through ball from Jake Chambers Shaw found Hughes in a crowded box and Hughes got hit shot away but the ball went agonisingly an inch wide of the far post. A late chance for Bury came from Ryan Jolland on 84 minutes, Jolland made some space for himself and put in a brilliant curling effort to the inside of the far post and a great save from Brown kept Bury out. Both sides put in a good shift all game it what was a testing afternoon in the bitter cold and driving rain, but Bury held out comfortably for a deserved three points.
Full Time: Bury Town 2 Barking 1