By Drew Kendall
Bury Town Under-18s began life in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League Cambridge Division after a 2-1 victory over their Mildenhall Town counterparts, in front of a good crowd of 94.
Bury had the first two chances of the evening, Steed going for goal from the right edge of the box, the strike though was deflected towards the bottom far corner as the keeper gathered on 7 minutes, two minutes later Bury went close to opening the scoring, as a corner in on the left was shit at goal at the far post but was kicked off the line. Ten minutes in however, Mildenhall took the lead, a good throughball picked out Morris who finished well into the bottom left corner, 0-1. In response, Bury floated in a free-kick, from the right edge of the box, over to the back post, finding Ben Lyddiatt who headed narrowly over the top near corner on 14 minutes. Three minutes later, Bury went close again with Mildenhall misplacing a pass down Bury’s right wing, Cooper picked up possession, as the right-back ran into the near side in the box to square across to Amin Mohammed, though the latter shot over the bar. Bury keeper Liam Foreham was forced into action meanwhile on 19 minutes, as a low shot towards the bottom right corner saw the keeper get down well to beat it away, with the visitors’ free-kick two minutes later going straight into the shot-stopper’s hands. Bury though continued to dominate possession, with Amin Mohammed striking a free-kick on the left edge of the box into the wall on 25 minutes, before the striker went close to equalising a minute later. Mohammed turning past the defender well onto the left hand side in the penalty area, the Blues no.9 advanced to the edge of the six yard box, though the keeper smothered the shot well, with Mohammed’s rebound strike on the byline was blocked behind by a defender. The corner in picked out Will Allison at the near post, whose shot at the bottom near corner was saved well by the keeper who palmed it away, as the visiting defence cleared the danger.
Mildenhall then brought Foreham into action once more on 37 minutes, Morris going for goal from the left edge of the box, though Foreham got down superbly well to best it away at his bottom far corner. The Mildenhall striker then tried the exact same strike again seconds later, this time hitting wide of the same post. Six minutes before the break, Bury had another chance to level proceedings as the ball fell to Keaton Cowling on the right edge of the box with the substitute opting for placement rather than power, as the keeper made a comfortable save down at his bottom near corner. Good play from the hosts then saw Bury have another good chance, Will Allison picked up possession on the half way line, to advance forward down the left wing, the Bury winger then spots Callum Steed on the right edge of the box who strikes low and wide of the far post. Two minutes into first half added time Mildenhall had the last chance of the opening half, the shot on the right edge of the box was blocked, with the away side leading by a goal to nil at the interval.
Half Time: Bury Town Under-18s 0 Mildenhall Town Under-18s 1
Bury began the second half with a great opportunity to equalise on 46 minutes, Amin Mohammed was found on the left edge of the box to shoot low at goal, but straight at the keeper at his bottom near corner. Four minutes later, back came Mildenhall as a strike from the left edge of the box was blasted wide of the top far corner, followed by another chance for the hosts two minutes later. Bury free-kick on the right wing was swung into the far post, Mohammed headed the set-piece towards the top left corner from six yards out, as Conroy pressed the keeper as he jumped to take the catch. Bury’s Keaton Cowling then had a go at goal from 25-yards out on the left on 54 minutes though the shot was straight into the keeper’s chest, as Bury continued to dominate possession, but yet to real trouble the Mildenhall goal. That did change though, Callum Steed’s free-kick on the left wing into the box was comfortably was the keeper at his near post on 56 minutes. Mildenhall then forced a good stop out off Foreham three minutes later, the away side’s free-kick in on the left wing forced the keeper to do well in a crowd of bodies, punching away at his near post, whilst at the other end, Bury set Aidan Browne through down the left, who cut into the edge of the box, however instead of shooting the man at left-back opted to try and set Mohammed through on goal on the left in the area, but the striker just couldn’t quite get to it. Bury then continued to create opportunities, substitute Angus Mills was set through dangerously down the right into the box, though the shit fired across goal went wide of the far post on 63 minutes.
A minute later though, Bury went close again as Lyddiatt’s header from six yards out at the left post beat the keeper, but not the defender who cleared off the line. The Blues then went close again seconds later, this time Amin Mohammed’s header on the left hand side in the box, from close range, was saved well by the keeper down at his bottom left corner to palm away. The hosts then shot just wide of the right post, but did equalise on 67 minutes as Amin Mohammed was fouled on the left hand side in the box, the referee pointed to the spot as Mohammed stepped up himself, beating the keeper who did dive the right way but the striker found the bottom right corner well, a deserved equaliser for Bury to make it 1-1. Mildenhall though had a decent chance to retake the lead, though the shot was sliced wide of the near post from the right edge of the box on 69 minutes. Bury though went close a minute later, Angus Mills haring through to the right edge of the box, as the low shot was palmed away by the keeper down at his bottom right corner, with Amin Mohammed running in getting to the rebound six yards out at the left post but couldn’t net into the practically open goal, as the shot hit the inside of the near post and bounced away. Mildenhall then forced a routine save out of Bury keeper Liam Foreham, the low shot from the left edge of the box was easy for the stopper to pick up at his near post on 77 minutes.
Two minutes later meanwhile as good play from Bury saw Mohammed tee up Mills on the right, the latter’s cross in however was cleared backwards by the defender- towards his own goal, but was easy for the keeper to catch on his line. Bury went close once more on 87 minutes, Mohammed’s low shot on the left edge of the box went just wide of the near post. Blues substitute Jack Turner was then denied by the keeper two minutes later, the low shot on the left was saved well by the keeper’s foot down at his far post. The visitors though soon after hit a shot wide, finding the frame behind the Bury goal. A minute into stoppage time, Bury went close again as a cross in on the right found Mohammed at the near post, though the flicked looping header went just wide of the far post, with Bury hunting a late winner. Mohammed then almost provided a late goal two minutes later, the hosts releasing the striker running through one on one with the keeper, who reached the six yard box, where the fiercely hit strike was blocked behind well by the keeper for a corner. The resulting set-piece though on the left saw Bury grab the points on 90+4 minutes, Harry Myles slicing into his own top near corner seven yards out at his near post, as Bury won the game 2-1 with the final action of the night, in a competitive and entertaining start to the league season.
Full Time: Bury Town Under-18s 2 Mildenhall Town 1