Hockey: Twist for Bury IV

Norwich City IV 7, Bury IV 4There was a twist in the tale of Bury's apparent defeat at Norwich. They lost 7-4 but were officially awarded the game 4-0 because the team above the one that they had played conceded their game.

Norwich City IV 7, Bury IV 4

There was a twist in the tale of Bury's apparent defeat at Norwich. They lost 7-4 but were officially awarded the game 4-0 because the team above the one that they had played conceded their game.

The fourths were only able to field four regular players because of illness and injury but, luckily, the Vets did not have a game and the team were quick to grab this lifeline of skilled and experienced players. Six volunteered to help, so Bury finally lined up with Alan Dewers in goal, Doug Gibney, Tim Hollins, Tony Cooke and George Hazell across the back, Michael Staveley, Will Nunn, Richard Morford and John Grinham across the middle, with Rowland Beaney and Andy Longfield up front. Gerald Watts started from the.

City went 1-0 up before an injury to Hollins brought on Watts, leading to a steady defensive formation that freed younger players to get forward.


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Bury were 4-0 down shortly after the break, City finishing some slick moves with aplomb. Hollins, picking up a good pass near the corner, turned to run down the line and put in the first cross of the game for Longfield. Soon after, Morford played the ball up to Longfield, who shielded it superbly, holding it up until his team could join him before playing in Nunn, who dribbled into the circle and won a short corner.

From a third short corner Hollins delayed his strike before playing a low flick towards goal. Longfield was on hand to redirect it past the keeper to give Bury renewed hope. Shortly after Longfield tucked the ball home after a goalmouth scramble.

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A brilliant flicked finish into the bottom corner from a short corner gave Dewers no chance and the hosts extended their lead. An excellent hit in from Beaney made it right through in front of goal, Longfield's first time strike was saved under the keeper's kicker but this prevented him from getting it clear and Longfield pounced.

With the score at 5-4 a frantic final few minutes ensued and to City's credit they went on the offensive and scored twice more.

But back in the clubhouse came the twist in the tale.

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