Luck turns in Bury's favour

IT is said that you make your own luck, and this was certainly true of our deserved victory against Enfield Town on Saturday. After weeks of bemoaning our fate as we have lost games that we felt we could have won if only lady luck had been on our side, things finally turned in our favour.

IT is said that you make your own luck, and this was certainly true of our deserved victory against Enfield Town on Saturday. After weeks of bemoaning our fate as we have lost games that we felt we could have won if only lady luck had been on our side, things finally turned in our favour.

With a side disrupted by a knee injury to centre back Sam Nunn we started with Gavin Johnson at the centre of the defence and Danny Cornwell returning to midfield, with Stuart Walker continuing at right back. We started well and created chances, that, as has been the case in recent games, we failed to put away. After half an hour we got our first bit of luck. Visiting keeper Andre Foster, who had up till then stopped everything we had fired at him, allowed a 20-yard shot from Sam Reed to slip through his fingers into the net. This was a signal for Enfield to come back strongly, but although they pushed forward they rarely troubled Dean Greygoose.

The second period started with us again in control, but yet again a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping prevented us from going further ahead. Enfield again fought back, and we came under some pressure as they forced a succession of corners, from one of which Greygoose was forced into a fine save. It took until the 82nd minute for us to make the game safe, as after we had contrived to miss chances when it looked easier to score, help was on hand from the opposition defence, to give us our second bit of luck.

A lack of communication between centre back Simon Tickner and keeper Foster when dealing with a long high ball, resulted in the former heading into his own net. Whilst recovering from this setback, we put the game well out of their reach when Liam Barrett was on hand a minute later to slot home from Sam Reed`s low cross.

Although I have featured the luck aspect of the game, this was only to show that the dividing line between success and failure can be very small and often hinges on such incidents as occurred in this match. Nothing should be taken away from the performance, in a match that we could easily have won by double the score. Two aspects of the game were particularly pleasing, one on the pitch and one off it. Firstly, it was nice to see Michael Steward awarded his second “man of the match award of the season” and also the return to form of his partner in crime at the centre of midfield, Danny Cornwell. Secondly, it was encouraging to note the attendance of 260, yes I know Ipswich were away and Enfield did bring a few, but the indications are that we are attracting more people through the gate, and performances like this can only help.

So the season isn't over yet, with some very winnable games ahead, and with a little bit of luck, who knows?

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