Lee Reed strikes twice as Bury Town hand Needham Market cup KO

LEE Reed struck twice as Bury Town came from behind to move into the semi-finals at Ram Meadow last night.

The holders won this repeat of last season’s final despite falling behind after just five minutes.

Roscoe Hipperson, who was trying to usher the ball out of play, pushed Deakan Napier in the back and Angelo Harrop sent Marcus Garnham the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Bury had the ball in the Needham net after 16 minutes, but Sam Nunn’s header was ruled out for offside before Garnham made a brilliant double save from Bradley Barber’s near-post header and then James Evans’ back-heel following Danny Thrower’s right-wing corner.

Needham, with Gavin Johnson solid in defence, Harrop prominent in midfield and Napier causing problems down the right wing, were good value for their lead until Bury drew level from a disputed 35th-minute penalty.

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Former Ipswich Town midfielder Billy Clark burst forward and went down under a challenge from Pip Boyland inside the box. Needham’s vehement protests were in vain and Danny Cunningham stepped up to beat Andrew Plummer to his left.

Five minutes later Bury were ahead when Lee Reed dispossessed Bradley Barber and broke forward before deceiving Plummer with a 20-yard drive.

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Plummer saved well at his near post from Sam Reed just after the restart and again from John Sands while inbetween at the other end Scott Chaplin fired over from close range with what was to be Needham’s best chance of the half.

The tie was effectively settled in the 75th minute when Lee Reed drilled a low shot into the bottom far corner after Cunningham’s right-wing corner had been headed out to him on the edge of the area.

Lee Reed, whose brother Sam’s two goals won the cup for Bury last season, spurned a hat-trick chance when he hooked over from close range five minutes from time.

The line-ups

Bury Town: M Garnham, R Short, M Coulson, J Kennedy, S Nunn, R Hipperson (sub L Smith 46 mins), B Clark, J Sands (sub C Kearns 69 mins), S Reed, L Reed, D Cunningham (sub L Ingram 80 mins). Unused subs: C Hall, S Fenner.

Needham Market: A Plummer, J Evans (sub J Wilkinson 82 mins), R Barber (sub O Fenn 82 mins), P Boyland, G Johnson, S Chaplin, A Harrop, D Bloomfield, D Napier, D Thrower. Unused subs: D De’Ath, L Wade.

Referee: Mr N Cooper (Ipswich).

Attendance: 396.

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