Tom Bullard’s delight at clinching Bury Town’s Suffolk Premier Cup win
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BURY Town skipper Tom Bullard said he was “over the moon” after scoring the clinching goal in last night’s John Banks Suffolk FA Premier Cup final against the side that tried to sign him in the summer.
Bullard sent a 65th minute looping header into the Lowestoft Town net to seal a 2-0 victory – Craig Parker had given Bury a 13th minute lead – and so avenge last season’s final defeat to the Trawlerboys.
Lowestoft tried to tempt the long-serving skipper away from their Ryman League Premier Division rivals during pre-season, but Bullard decided to stay at Ram Meadow.
Bullard, whose loyalty was rewarded with a new contract and a testimonial, said: “I am glad I didn’t go. My heart has always been here at Bury Town.
“I am over the moon. After we failed to get into the play-offs it is good to end the season with a trophy. We put in a solid performance and kept a clean sheet.
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“I should have scored more goals this season than I have done, so it is nice to score in a cup final.”
Bury boss Richard Wilkins said: “There were chances at both ends – Marcus Garnham has made a couple of good saves for us and their keeper made a great save from John Sands following a corner in the first half.
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“I am really pleased for the lads because they were on a downer earlier in the season when we had five players out and we missed out on the play-offs, so it is pleasing to finish on a high with a trophy.”
Lowestoft Town joint manager Ady Gallagher said: “We played really well, particularly in the second half when we dominated, but you don’t always get what you deserve and we have experienced our share of that this season.
“All goals come at bad times, but their first goal came after we were in a good area to deliver the ball forward and we got turned round.
“It is frustrating because decisions by the referee and linesmen have gone against us.”