The first forty five minutes belonged to Rovers as they attacked at every opportunity, Tony Martin went close after 14 minutes , then 5 minutes later the deadlock was broken when Hussain Jaffa headed back across goal from a deep cross to beat Luis Tibles in the Bury goal. Rovers then should of put the game beyond Bury with Jason Ring and Jaffa going close.
Half time Great Wakering Rovers 1 Bury Town 0
It was Burys turn to dominate the game in the second 45 and they should have been level on 56 minutes, however the referee decided his view was better than the linesman who didn’t raise his flag and Emmanuel Machaya’s goal was chalked off for offside.
Burys attacking was relentless and there were chances galore for the visitors but somehow Rovers held strong at the back, however the pressure finally paid off on the 78th minute when Ollie Hughes headed home from a whipped in corner, and only five minutes later Bury were in front, Hughes shot hitting the crossbar and Jake Chambers Shaw was the quickest to the rebound, and guided his header into the net.
Rovers didn’t give up and substitute Billy Johnson had a couple of chances late on, however the hosts couldn’t find the equaliser.
After the game interim manager Stephen Butterworth said “We were superb in the first half and thoroughly deserved to be ahead, we have been in really good form lately and it was as though the players came out for the second half thinking the job was done “Credit to Bury because we couldn’t get out of our half for half an hour, we stopped working hard and it was probably our worst second half performance since I took over”.
By Neil Hope