Bury beaten but Chenery’s side go down fighting at big-spending Billericay
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Billericay Town 6-2 Bury Town: Bury Town were beaten but left with their heads held high as they exited the FA Trophy at the hands of Billericay Town this afternoon.
Ultimately, class told as a side containing the likes of former England international Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, who has started in a Champions League final, secured victory and passage into the next round.
With the score locked at 2-2 at half-time, substitute Jake Robinson came off the bench and struck his fourth hat-trick of the season before Sam Deering added number six for the hosts.
But Bury boss Ben Chenery should be pleased with his side, who were more than a match for their big-spending hosts for an hour.
Pre-match, Billericay owner and manager Glenn Tamplin had highlighted the Trophy as the competition his side coveted success in above all others, but Bury arrived with other ideas and more than played their part as they put in a spirited display in front of a big crowd at the AGP Arena.
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But they were behind after just two minutes as the ball bounced into the Bury box and sat up for Adam Cunnington, who lifted the ball over goalkeeper Luis Tibbles and into the back of the net from eight yards out.
But the heads did not drop and the men from Suffolk responded quickly as they asserted some dominance in midfield, before Oliver Hughes broke into the box and was bundled to the floor by Konchesky. Cemal Ramadan stepped up and confidently sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. Game on.
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While the early opener could easily have seen Bury heads sink, it was the hosts who struggled to recover from conceding and Bury were there to take advantage.
Mills was proving a pest and performed that role perfectly down the right flank as he stole the ball from Leo Chambers, formerly of West Ham, and played a superb ball with the outside of his right foot, which Konchesky could only fire up in the air. It fell to earth with Hughes and keeper Jack Giddens battling in the air. The Bury man won the duel and headed home before taking a glance towards the referee and running to celebrate with the Bury fans behind the goal.
This lead didn’t last long either as, from a disputed free-kick in the middle of midfield, Konchesky swung a ball into the box which Swaine rose superbly to meet and head home. Quite the opening 25 minutes.
Sanchez Watt, the former Arsenal and Leeds player who signed for Billericay in the days prior to the game, and Cunnington were narrowly off target as the hosts began to take control, but Bury hung in there
They managed to preserve the parity to the interval, but not before Mills was bizarrely booked for diving, after taking the ball well and gliding past his man before hitting the deck.
Bury boss Ben Chenery shook his head in frustration, but he must have been delighted by his players’ first-half display as he headed back to the dressing room inside the old clubhouse at the newly-remodelled stadium.
Tibbles had to get down superbly at the start of the second period to push Pennant’s free-kick away, while Dan Waldren fired wired before Cunnington rattled the bar and then headed wide as the hosts pushed to take the lead once again.
Sadly, for Bury, that goal soon came as substitute Jake Robinson met the ball well in the air and headed into the back of the net.
Things then started to look as if they could unravel as Ryan Jolland lunged in on Sam Deering on the edge of the box, giving away a penalty. Cunnington stepped up but his effort was saved by Tibbles, to his right.
He got a hand to Robinson’s near-post effort just a few minutes later, but he couldn’t keep that one out as the ball hit the back of the net for 4-2.
Bury heads didn’t drop as Mills and then Ramadan had efforts just off target, but they couldn’t find a way through while Robinson completed his treble and Deering drilled home to complete the scoring.
Billericay: Giddens, Chambers, Konchesky (Kizzi 75), Inman, Swaine (Deering 45), Pennant, Walker, Waldren, Cunnington, Watt (Robinson 45), Wheeler.
Subs: Urquhart, Bricknell
Bury: Tibbles, Allen, Yallop (Robinson 70), Fenn, White, Clements, Hughes, Jolland, Ramadan, Barber (Yaxley 86, Mills
Subs: Cooper, De’ath, YMayhew