Bury score an emphatic victory
On the back of three successive defeats, Bury came back well to record an emphatic victory over a much changed Arlesey side.
On the back of three successive defeats, Bury came back well to record an emphatic victory over a much changed Arlesey side. Bury were also forced into changes due to skipper Tom Bullard and leading scorer Sam Reed both serving one match bans. Bury gave a full debut to Ipswich Academy loanee Liam Barrett up front, and Lee Smith was moved into the centre of defence.
It was the visitors who started better, but although they had more of the possession, they rarely troubled Greygoose in the Bury goal. As the half progressed Bury settled and started to dictate the play. Several fruitless corners were gained, and Scott Chaplin and Steve Bugg were both guilty of missing good chances. Barrett was looking lively as Bury continued to push forward.
The deadlock was finally broken after 33 minutes, when Chaplin got clear on the left, and his pinpoint cross was volloyed home by Lee Reed. It should have been two soon after, but Michael Steward shot wide from close range.
The second half continued with Bury well on top but unable to increase their lead, and although it was largely one-way traffic, the visitors were dangerous on the break. Bury finally doubled their lead on 69 miutes when Steve Bugg fed Liam Barrett who gave the keeper no chance from twelve yards. Arlesey reduced the arrears three minutes later with a stunning drive from Okojie from fully thirty yards.
Bury regained their two goal cushion on 79 minutes when “man of the match Liam Barrett” fired home his second from the edge of the area. Lee Reed completed what had been a fine team performance three minutes from the end, when after good build up play between Barrett and Chaplin, he tapped home the latter's cross for Bury's fourth.
Final score: Bury Town 4, Arlesey Town 1.