Oh, we do love to be beside the seaside!
On a cold, cloudy afternoon on the Fylde Coast, Bury AFC resumed playing at the end of another national lockdown through the month of November, by travelling to NWCFL Premier Division side Squires Gate FC to take part in a comfortable 6-0 win. Goals coming from Jonathan Hunt and Greg Daniels in the first half, and Liam McDevitt, Aaron Dwyer, Aiden Chippendale & Lewis Gilboy in the second half.
Bury had the majority of the chances at the beginning of the first half, with chances coming from the wide areas, with crosses from Scott Metcalfe and Alex O’Keefe unable to find the mark. However, Metcalfe’s freekick in the 9th minute was deflected back to him, and his header back into the area found Jonathan Hunt, who easily slotted home the opening goal.
From there, the first half gave great chances for both teams, Bury’s best chance came to Tony Whitehead, whose low shot was saved by Gate’s Goalkeeper, Danny Eccles. Whereas Squires Gates’ best opportunity came after Trialist A was unable to control the ball, allowing Kieran Feeney to run through on goal, but his shot was just wide of the far post.
Bury would extend the lead in the 37th minute, as Alex O’Keefe was sent through only to brought down in the area, the referee pointed to the spot, and up-stepped Greg Daniels, who converted the penalty right down the middle of the goal to make it 2-0.
The beginning of the second half was completely action-packed, as substitute Liam MacDevitt found his way into the area from a long ball to convert his shot to make it 3-0. But almost immediately afterwards, Bury won their second penalty of the game, which was converted by Aaron Dwyer to put the game beyond all doubt.
Squires Gate looked to try and get something out of the game as Dean Ings’ one-on-one chance was saved by Kai Calderbank-Park in the Bury goal. And to compound matters a few moments later, Aiden Chippendale made a blistering run down the right-hand side, collecting a beautifully weighted pass, and slotting the ball into the opposite corner for the New Shakers fifth of the match.
And to cap of a wonderful second half, Liam MacDevitt made a lovely run on the right-hand side of the box, moving past four defenders, with a perfect ball across the area, and Lewis Gilboy put the final nail in the coffin with over 20 minutes of the game remaining, sealing an emphatic returning win from the team from East Lancs.
Our next fixture is against Radcliffe FC on 15th December in another friendly, as Andy Welsh’s men build-up for the start of the season at home to Garstang FC on Saturday 19th December.