Bury Town continue unbeaten start with home draw against Cheshunt
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Ryman One North Bury Town 0 Cheshunt 0 Bury Town preserved their unbeaten start to this season, in Ryman Division One North, but had to be content with just a home point against mid-table Cheshunt at Ram Meadow last night.
Ben Chenery’s men have now taken 20 points from their first 10 league fixtures, after five wins and five draws.
But they lacked a cutting edge against Cheshunt, who just about shaded the contest, although the Blues ended both halves strongly.
The Blues played second fiddle during the first quarter of the game, failing to trouble keeper James May.
At the other end, Neil O’Sullivan made smart saves from midfielder Tom Bruno and striker Jason Hallet, both low down on eight and 23 minutes respectively.
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Bury began to get a foothold in the game as the first-half wore on, and May had to be at his best to prevent Justin Miller’s rising shot from dropping into the top corner of his net, just before the half-hour mark.
The hosts were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute. Sam Reed embarked on a long, mazy run, beating two or three opponents before appearing to be tripped in the box, but referee James Turner was not convinced.
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Fellow winger, Remi Garrett, was close to lobbing over keeper May, from close-range, following a free-kick routine on 41 minutes, and May then dropped on a goal-bound shot by Ollie Hughes, just before half-time.
But it required a wonderful save from Sullivan to keep Cheshunt at bay, in first-half stoppage time. Bruno’s 20-yarder looked a goal all the way, but Sullivan somehow managed to divert the ball onto his post. It was a top quality save.
Into the second period and May saved Reed’s low shot with his legs, in the 55th minute, although it was Cheshunt who looked the more likely winners until the closing minutes.
However, a Bury break almost led to a winning goal in the 82nd minute. Bradley Barber burst onto James Paterson’s through ball and fired in a shot which May did well to smother.
May denied the Blues again late on, in the 87th minute, lunging down to his left to claw away Garrett’s goal-bound drive at his near post.
Cheshunt were lucky to finish the match with 11 men on the pitch, after Bruno ploughed into Bury substitute Craig Nurse with a dangerous challenge. But he escaped with a booking.
After the match, Bury boss Chenery said: “The finishing let us down, but still being unbeaten after 10 games has exceeded all my expectations. We are proving a hard team to beat, especially as I thought Cheshunt were the best team we have seen here this season.”