Bury survive the weather but can’t survive Grays early onslaught
Grays 3 Bury Town 1
In the only game that survived the weather in Bostik North, Bury Town couldn’t make the most of it and slipped to a disappointing defeat at Grays, writes John Alcock.
It really isn’t working at present for the Blues as they struggled all game against a good-looking home side.
From the start Grays stamped their authority on this game.
On two minutes a rapid break from Grays found Kieron Bishop who was just offside but would have been clean though on goal.
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Ollie Hughes got Bury started, powering in to the box but his shot was blocked well by the defence.
A minute later a long low strike from Noel Aitken from distance went a foot wide from a Bury opening goal. A quick break forward from Bury on saw Aitkens go close again but from the resulting goal-kick Grays broke like lightning upfield and Bishop hit a sweet strike to give the home side the lead.
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Two minutes later an outstanding strike from Joao Carlos flew past Bury ‘keeper Luis Tibbles and cracked on the underside of the bar as it hit the back of the net.
Bury could not find an answer before Bishop grabbed his second goal with a cool strike from close range. There were just 19 minutes on the clock and already the game was over as a contest with the home side three up..
It was a better second half from Bury but the mountain to climb proved to high.
On 57 minutes Cemal Ramadan restored a bit of pride for the travelling fans as he got on the end of a beautiful long high ball from Joe White and smashed the ball past Johnson and in to the far corner.
A stunning save from Tibbles on 61 minutes denied Carlos his second goal.
Bury went close to a second goal on 80 minutes with Kyran Clements showing great skill on the left and crossing deep to Allen who put his shot inches over the bar.
All games in the Thurlow Nunn and SIL leagues were called off because of the weather.