West Suffolk derby ends in stalemate as Bury Town draw a blank at Mildenhall

Mildenhall keeper Jacob Marsden releases the pressure for the home side with a fine save down at his

Mildenhall keeper Jacob Marsden releases the pressure for the home side with a fine save down at his near post during tonight's 0-0 draw against Bury Town. - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall Town 0 Bury Town 0

This was no West Suffolk classic, as Mildenhall and Bury Town traded blows but could find no killer touch during tonight’s drab stalemate at Recreation Way.

In a Bostik North clash riddled with errors, and sprinkled with fouls, neither side could provide that inspirational moment to break the deadlock.

Mildenhall, in their first season at this level following promotion last season, at least picked up a point to help their cause in the lower half of the table, although they have still only won two of their home games this term.

For Bury, so much better on the road than at home, it was a frustrating evening.

Bury were kicking down the slope in the first half, and they started reasonably well.

In fact, Kyran Clements spurned possibly the best chance of the first period when sending a free header flying over the bar from just six yards out, following a corner on 12 minutes.

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Ollie Hughes sped through on goal on the quarter-hour mark, only to drag his shot wide of the far post with just keeper Jacob Marsden to beat.

A minute later and striker Cemal Ramadan pounced on a poor clearance by keeper Marsden, forcing the home custodian into a smart save down at his near post with a low, angled drive.

At the other end, livewire Jack Wilkinson headed wide from a 20th minute free-kick, and it was Mildenhall who bossed possession during the second quarter.

Wilkinson had a shot cleared off the goal-line in the 40th minute, with keeper Ben Mayhew out of position, while Bury threatened just once more before the break, Marsden saving Bradley Barber’s free-kick down at his near upright, smothering at the second attempt.

Early in the second half, Jacob Brown climbed high but headed narrowly wide as Mildenhall searched for a breakthrough, while Barber had a goal-bound shot blocked in a crowded penalty area for Bury.

Blues keeper, Ben Mayhew, did not have much to do, although he did well to cling onto a well-struck free-kick by Jake Kerins on the hour mark, while his opposite number Marsden made a terrific save late on to protect a point for Hall.

Home centre-half Tom Debenham headed over the top in injury-time, but both teams had to settle for a point.

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