Hockey: Bury seconds earn draw
Bury St. Edmunds II 1, Ipswich IV 1Bury managed to field a more experienced side than the last couple of weeks, with the return of Thurlow and Thompson.
Bury St. Edmunds II , Ipswich IV 1
Bury managed to field a more experienced side than the last couple of weeks, with the return of Thurlow and Thompson. The game started with a high tempo with Bury taking most of the possession and managing to make several scoring opportunities including four short corners in the first 20 minutes. Ipswich defended in numbers keeping strikers Grisby, Konrath and Thurlow at bay. It was 0-0 after a half that should have seen Bury at least three goals up.
Swiney, Cardy and Flack soaked up second-half pressure while Matt Davies stepped up to the mark between the sticks and made numerous brave saves to keep Bury in the game. Ipswich took advantage of Bury's rearranged midfield, after an injury to Millbank, and scored in a goalmouth melee.
With eight minutes to go, Bury rallied and managed to win a short corner when Surdhar was tackled illegally just inside the 25-yard area. Tom Rash converted the rebound from Surdhars short corner strike, scoring with a deceptive flick that crawled into the right-hand side of the Ipswich goal. Bury began to press Ipswich for the winner, but a short corner in the last three minutes was well saved. Youngster Andy Flack was voted man-of-the-match for a solid performance at right back for the second week in a row.