Hockey: Norwich III 1, Bury II 3

After their cancelled match earlier in the season, Bury had to travel to Norwich in appalling late-afternoon conditions. Before the match there was clear daylight between the sides with Norwich struggling near the foot of the table whilst Bury were among the top four.

After their cancelled match earlier in the season, Bury had to travel to Norwich in appalling late-afternoon conditions. Before the match there was clear daylight between the sides with Norwich struggling near the foot of the table whilst Bury were among the top four. Bury started extremely brightly, with many chances going begging in the first 20 minutes.

Bloomfield, who had been drafted in to the team, caused havoc among the Norwich back-line, while Surdhar seemed to be pulling all the strings in the centre of midfield. Owen Grisby broke the deadlock with a neat flick into the top left-hand corner after a smart move involving Bloomfield and Konrath. It began to become an extremely open game with chances at both ends. Bury had to settle for a one-goal lead at the break.

But soon after the interval Ian Konrath scored a vital goal, which gave Bury the cushion they wanted. A third was added later through captain Pali Surdhar's flick from a short corner. Norwich hit back strongly and had good but Bury scored on the counter-attack. They continued to press but failed to get another, largely due to solid flawless performances from man-of-the-match Toby Nunn and Crystal at the back. A hard-fought match ended in a deserved victory.

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