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Bury knock Slough off top spot

Slough Town

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L Reed (57)
League Attendance: 276 Ricky Perks
Bury Town kept their challenge for the Zamaretto Midlands league title on track with a deserved victory over Slough Town at Holloways Park.

After having much the better of the first half, the Suffolk visitors took the lead on 57 minutes through Lee Reed, and despite a late rally, the home side could not find a way past Marcus Garnham in the Bury goal.

Going into the game, the two sides sat first and third respectively - and a predictably tight first half followed, with Slough starting the brighter of the two sides. Robbie Kean fired Slough’s first half-chance over from the edge of the box, with defenders closing him down.

Bury went up the other end and should have taken the lead as Sam Reed sent a free header across Perks and wide from a right-wing cross.

Most of Slough’s early threat was channelled down the right hand side, but the closest Steve Sinclair came to threatening Garnham’s goal was a long run which ended with a deflected shot.

Bury, though, started to dominate the midfield battle, with former Ipswich Town midfielder Gavin Johnson particularly influential. Johnson had a clear chance to open the scoring as he let the ball run onto his left foot, but Perks bravely blocked his shot. From the rebound, the ball came back into the danger area but Dean Harper was in a great position to block Ben Coker’s goalbound effort.

By now, Bury were in total command and Sam Reed shot wide before sloppy play from Bowden-Haase let him in again, only for Perks to race out of his goal to snuff out the danger and put the ball behind.

The closing minutes of the half saw two more glorious chances spurned by the visitors. First, Perks stood up well to block Hipperson’s shot after the goalkeeper had fumbled a corner, before making the save of the match within the next minute, spreading himself to deny Sam Reed again with his left leg.

Grateful to be on level terms at the interval, Slough found themselves soaking up more pressure as Ben Coker twice fired wide from 25 yards with the Rebels midfield looking overrun.

The Blues scored the goal they had been threatening on 57 minutes thanks to the strike partnership of the Reed brothers, Sam and Lee. This time, Sam picked the ball up 35 yards out and went on a run before releasing Lee, who fired a low shot past Perks and into the bottom corner.

Slough seemed to come alive following the goal, and, after absorbing more Bury pressure, started to look threatening again as the rain poured down.

Sean Sonner, who looked lively but starved of service from the Rebels midfield, got on the end of Elliot Buchanan’s pull back, but saw his effort bounce back off the crossbar.

Steve Bateman threw on Simon Martin and Dwain Clarke as Slough looked for the equaliser, and Martin went close as he latched on to Tyron Sealey’s near post cross, but his effort on the turn was deflected wide.

Slough continued to pile on the pressure, and Sonner put another effort agonisingly wide from Clarke’s swinging cross. A series of late corners almost brought a goal as Garnham saved Sonner’s header, but the Bury defence did a sterling job in repelling dangerous crosses from Clarke and Sealey, and the Suffolk side recorded a deserved three points.

Bury Town Lineup

Garnham, Nunn, Sloots, Johnson, Hipperson, Bullard (c), Kearns, Underwood (Radcliffe), S Reed, L Reed (Short), Coker. Subs not used: Steward, Nurse, Pope.


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