Bury Town Under 18's beat Histon Under 18's 4-1 at the Denny Bros Ram Meadow Stadium as the hosts avenged a 3-2 away defeat with an excellent performance.
Bury took the lead two minutes in as Aidan Browne’s superb low free-kick on the left edge of the box curled round the wall and past the keeper into the bottom right corner, 1-0 Bury. Histon meanwhile found Creek through upfield who cut through onto the left hand side in the box, beating his defender who deflected his strike wide of the near post after 3 minutes. Carter’s free-kick from range on the right then went over the top near corner 6 minutes later. Aidan Browne meanwhile, tried his luck again from another free-kick, this time near the touch line out on the left wing on 16 minutes, again the low set-piece was creeping inside the near post but bounced straight up into the keeper’s chest. Bury then went close on 17 minutes, as a good through-ball released Amin Mohammed through down the left who beat the keeper outside the box, but the touch was too much, forcing him wide on the byline as he did well to keep the ball in play but with no support Histon cleared the danger. The visitors then had a low shot on the right two minutes later, but hit low and wide of the near post. Bury however went close again on 21 minutes, a deep free-kick from Callum Steed on the right was dangerously swung into the box as the keeper came off his line to punch, only as far as Browne on the left from close range, with the goal practically gaping the defender vitally intercepted and cleared. Bury went agonisingly close to a second goal a minute later, Jack Turner was fed in space on the right in the box, close to goal, though the good strike went narrowly wide of the top near corner.
Bury did double their lead on 24 minutes, a great ball from Aidan Browne released Finlay Plant through in acres of space down the right wing to square on a plate to Amin Mohammed running in at the far post in the six yard box to instinctively tap-in to the left corner, 2-0 Bury. Histon then tried their luck at goal on 31 minutes, though the attempt was deflected comfortably wide of the far, right, corner. The Stutes then had another go at goal three minutes later from the right outside the box, but fired wide of the far post. Bates was next to try his luck for the away side, as the shot from the right edge of the box was fired narrowly over the top right corner on 37 minutes. The Blues on other hand saw Callum Steed’s great ball in from a free-kick on the halfway line find Andrew Conroy with his back to goal outside the six yard box on the left hand side in the box, as the defender tried an overhead kick at goal, narrowly sending the ball over the bar on 44 minutes. The latter then got on the end of another Bury free-kick two minutes later, this time Keaton Cowling’s free-kick in from distance out on the left wing found Conroy close to goal at the far post, this time though he flicked his header wide of the right post as Bury deservedly went into the break 2-0 up, having made their good attacking play count.
Half Time: Bury Town Under 18's 2 Histon Under 18's 0
The second half saw Histon come out and attack for a fair amount of the second half, starting with Smalls’ free-kick on the right edge of the box being blocked by the Bury wall on 48 minutes. Histon then forced Foreman to put behind his far post a minute later, as a ball in from the right edge of the box was helped on its way behind by the Bury stopper at his far post. Smalls then had a low strike on the left 25-yards at goal saved comfortably by Foreman, as the shot went straight to the keeper at his near post on 51 minutes. Histon then forced Foreman to be on his toes as a ball in on the right was creeping in under the bar though Foreman palmed the ball away well on his goal-line, as Bury cleared the immediate danger on 54 minutes. Histon then had a low free-kick on the left edge of the box a minute later, but was hit low and easy for Foreman at his far post, with the away side having a shot from a similar area well blocked on 58 minutes. Histon meanwhile forced some resolute defending from Bury to remain two goals ahead a minute later, as a strike on the right was denied by the home backline, falling to an umarked Histon man on the left in the box to cull a low well hit strike towards the bottom far corner, drawing a good diving save from Foreman to palm away. Histon then arguably should’ve pulled a goal back on 61 minutes, Mangar was set through of acres of space inside the Bury penalty area but shot low and wide of the bottom far corner. Five minutes later, the away side then delivered a low ball in on the right, though a Histon man turned the ball wide of the near post from close range.
Back came Bury though, as Andrew Conroy’s shot from 20-yards out was blocked on 69 minutes, whilst Aidan Browne’s free-kick on the left edge of the box met the same fate. Browne though got the rebound to find Kyran Cooper through in the box to square across although the defender cleared the ball away on 71 minutes. Histon however pulled a goal back on 77 minutes, Medd’s free-kick out on the right wing was headed away partially by a Bury defender as Histon headed back into the box, finding a Histon man on the left to head into the bottom right corner, 2-1. A minute later, Histon then shot low and just wide of the right post as Bury won a penalty on 79 minutes when Amin Mohammed was sent down to the ground from behind on the left. Up stepped the forward to step up and dispatch his second goal of the evening well into the bottom right corner, sending the keeper comfortably the wrong way, 3-1 Bury. Bury then added a fourth goal on 87 minutes, a good deep free-kick from Callum Steed on the right of the halfway line in towards nobody saw the keeper come off his line and punch the ball straight at Amin Mohammed in acres of space, who reacted well to instantly loop a superb header under the crossbar and into the empty net for another hat-trick for the Bury striker, 4-1 Blues. Ethan Mills was then found on the left edge of the box two minutes into added time but saw his shot blocked, as Finlay Bonas had the final shot of the game a minute later. Bonas was fed through on the right close to goal, the shot though was beaten away by the keeper at his near post, as Bury took a deserved three points as a superb performance from the hosts and three sin bins for the opposition ended in a 4-1 home win.
Full Time: Bury Town Under 18's 4 Histon Under 18's 1