‘Naive’ Bury Town beaten by Eastleigh in FA Trophy

Bury Town v Eastleigh. FA Trophy First Round.
Pictured is Ryan Semple.

Bury Town v Eastleigh. FA Trophy First Round. Pictured is Ryan Semple. - Credit: Archant

Bury Town boss Richard Wilkins branded his team’s defending naive as the Blues were punished 3-0 by Skrill South high-flyers Eastleigh, at Ram Meadow.

Bury Town v Eastleigh. FA Trophy First Round.
Ross Flitney saves Shane Tolley's strike.

Bury Town v Eastleigh. FA Trophy First Round. Ross Flitney saves Shane Tolley's strike. - Credit: Archant

Ben Strevens opened the scoring with a free header and then scored a tap-in following a break from a Bury corner.

Bury Town v Eastleigh. FA Trophy First Round.
Left to right, Will Evans and Ross Bailey.

Bury Town v Eastleigh. FA Trophy First Round. Left to right, Will Evans and Ross Bailey. - Credit: Archant

Substitute Craig McAllister made the game safe in the second half with another free header from Stuart Fleetwood’ cross.

Bury Town v Eastleigh. FA Trophy First Round.
Left to right, Yemi Odubade and Jordan Patrick.

Bury Town v Eastleigh. FA Trophy First Round. Left to right, Yemi Odubade and Jordan Patrick. - Credit: Archant

Bury lacked tempo in the first half but did keep goalkeeper Ross Flitney busier in the second half, although Eastleigh always looked like they could step up a gear if required.

“The only thing that disappointed me was the nature of the goals that we conceded, we were a bit naive, against a team with a lot of former Football League players,” said Wilkins.


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“Eastleigh are a good team and my players can learn a lot from how they played the game, they are very streetwise and I think individually they are very strong.

“They are well organised and unfortunately we conceded two free-headers and the second goal, when I thought we did well for 20 minutes to get back into the game, we lost the ball on our 18-yard box and they ran down the other end to score.

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“They fully deserved to win but we had a couple of chances, their keeper made a couple of good saves and we didn’t disgrace ourselves, but they were the better team.”

Wilkins was missing a number of regulars such as David Bridges, Seb Dunbar, Russell Short and Danny Cunningham and that contributed to Bury’s downfall, according to the long-serving Blues boss, who fielded impressive young midfielder Ross Bailey.

“You want to have your best players out there and it’s really unfortunate that I seem to get two players back and then lose three,” he said.

“Hopefully in the new year I can get the squad back fit and raring to go.”

For a full match report and pictures, see Monday’s East Anglian Daily Times.

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