Match Preview: Bury Town vs Basildon United
Date: Saturday 17th August 2019
Admission Prices: Adults £10, Concessions £6, Under 16's £2, Under 10's Free
Background:Bury Town open the 2019-20 BetVictor Isthmian North league season with a visit of Basildon United this afternoon. The Blues finished last season in 6th place, and 9 new signings have arrived at the Denny Bros Stadium to mount a play off charge this season.
Our visitors Basildon are under new management this season as John Sussex arrives at Gardiners Close, looking to improve on last season 17th place finish. He has brought in some new faces for the season with his attacking options spearheaded by former Tilbury striker Adam Vyse.
Manager Ben Chenery had to say ahead of the opening game against The Bees;
"Today will be a tough fixture against Basildon and we will we need to be at our best to gain a positive result. They have signed some players with experience in this league and after an up and down first season at this level, they will be looking for a more solid season. Last season we had the better of the two meetings collecting 4 points but that counts for little today and with both sides looking to get off to a good start, it should be a great game. It's been a long, but productive pre-season and the squad is starting to take shape. Last season saw us finish in 6th position and we are hoping for another positive season on the pitch"
Injury News: Ben Chenery should have a fully fit squad to choose from for the opening game of the season.
Last time out: Bury Town 4 Basildon United 2 - Saturday 9th February 2019 - Attendance 331
Previous Meetings between the sides: The Blues and The Bees have only met twice in the history of the two clubs, which both took place last season. The first game took place at Gardiners Close on Saturday 6th October 2018.
Both sides found it tough going in the driving wind and rain at Gardiners Close as Basildon United and Bury Town fought out a 0-0 draw in the Bostik North Division. It was not a pretty game but that was to be expected as the pitch progressively got more slippery. The first action saw Ryan Jolland get forward for Bury on 3 minutes and put a decent cross for Ollie Hughes, but the defence cleared the ball out of play. On 7 minutes Ryan Horne found Jolland in a good position on the edge of the box but Jolland hit his shot over the bar. Basildon went desperately close on 12 minutes with Thomas Barton putting a great cross in to the box and Eljay Worrell headed off the bar. Bury hit the back of the net on 20 minutes after a quick break from Bury but the flag went up for a very tight offside decision. Oliver Spooner then got through the Bury back line on 26 minutes but could not get enough control of the ball to make an effective effort on goal. On 27 minutes Ollie Hughes showed great determination, breaking in to the Basildon box but the defence read the play well and intercepted the ball from the feet of Hughes. A free kick for Bury in a dangerous position on 34 minutes saw Jake Chambers Shaw whip the ball on to the head of Ian Miller but the ball went over. Brain Moses got in to the Bury box on 40 minutes and tried to place his close-range effort past Luis Tibbles bit the Bury 'keeper made the save.
The second half saw Bury keep the pressure on with a high tempo, but it was Basildon who went close early in the half. Brian Moses hit a shot from close range which hit the base of the near post. With the rain still driving down the game was never going to be full of chances but the two sides kept pressing forward as often as possible. On 54 minutes Ollie Hughes went on a run in to the box but over ran the ball with his last touch. A corner for Bury on 60 minutes found the head of Ollie Fenn but the header went wide of the far post. On 77 minutes Oluider Sebitimo Quadri got wide and in to the box and but a good chip in looking for Sebastao Reside but a great headed clearance from Ian Miller kept the score level. On 80 minutes Basildon put a good cross in from the wing looking for Thomas Barton but his off-balance header went wide of the near post. On 85 minutes Bury won a free kick central and just outside the box which Chamber Shaw hit goalward and the clearance fell to Ryan Horne who hit a fantastic strike which was saved by superbly by Connor Whealley. Bury finished strongly and on 88 minutes Kyran Clements was unlucky not to score hitting a flick past the defence but hit the base of the post. A last gasp corner in from Bury was cleared off the line by Joseph Burgess on 93 minutes. A point a piece was a fair result overall with the poor weather playing its part.
The return match here at the Denny Bros Stadium took place on 9th February 2019. The visitors had to play the game without their first team goal keeper after suffering a road traffic collision on the way to the game. Midfielder Reece Brandon pulled on the gloves and stepped up for his Basildon team mates. Bury were first to go on the attack on 3 minutes with Ryan Jolland working the ball down the wing and crossing in to the box for Ollie Hughes but some solid defending cleared the ball. On 9 minutes a chance at the other end saw Rhys Fatt have a go at goal only to have his shot blocked. On 18 minutes Ryan Horne put a superb cross in to the box for Jolland who was inches away from making contact for a certain goal. Stuart Zanone worked the Ball through the Bury back line on 29 minutes and in to the box to shoot low but Bury keeper Luis Tibbles was down quickly to collect the ball. On 34 minutes Bury were awarded a penalty after Hughes was flattened in the box and Cemal Ramadan took the spot kick. Ramadan went for placement over power and stand in keeper Reece Brandon read the play well and made the save. Bury kept the pressure on and on 43 minutes a triple strike from Bury saw Ramadan shot saved then Hughes shot blocked before Jolland netted on the follow up at the far post. Bury went further ahead on 45 minutes with Jolland hitting a low free kick from out wide which out foxed everyone as it hit the back of the net.
A calamitous start to the second half from Basildon saw a miss kick from stand in ‘keeper Brandon and the ball went past him and trickled over the line and in to the empty net.
Callum Taylor broke down the wing for Basildon on 72 minutes and switched inside and on in to the box to hit a low strike, but Luis Tibbles had it covered. Tibbles was needed again on 75 minutes with a quick-fire triple save to again deny Basildon. Stuart Zanone took over in goal for Basildon as Brandon, who had put in a good shift was replaced between the sticks. Bury debutant Joe Carden came off the bunch and was soon in the thick of the action on 78 minutes, getting the ball in to the box and getting a shot away. Bury went four goals to the good on 80 minutes with another trademark goal from Kyran Clement. A free kick for Bury out wide was whipped in to the box by Ryan Stafford and was met with a bullet of a header from Clements. Bury were cruising and were caught out twice late in the game. First a swift attack from Basildon found Matthew Brinklow in the box and a sweet finish gave the travellers something to cheer on 89 minutes. Basildon were not finished there and on 92 minutes another good attack found Rhys Fatt in space inside the box to fire home past Tibbles. It was a gallant performance from Basildon under extremely testing circumstances.
Stadium Directions: Leave the A14 Junction 43, signposted to central Bury St Edmunds. Once clear of the exit roundabout, follow the signs to Town Centre. Take the first exit at the next roundabout (after 300 yards) into Northgate Street. At the second set of traffic lights (T - Junction), turn left into Mustow Street and first left into Cotton Lane, past the Hawkes garage and the Drive Car Showroom. Carry on down to the bottom of Cotton Lane and turn right in the council car park. The Denny Bros Stadium is at the far end of the car park, situated on the left hand.