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Bury go down 0-10 to Tonbridge . "Not one for the purists"....

By Nigel Birrell

Simons report below and Shawns high quality pictures are loaded

An 80th minute Will Robinson penalty denied Bury a losing bonus point in this disappointing game.
The visitors showed a ruthless side in pressing home their advantage against by then a side battered and bruised from injury.
Strong winds and constant rain made for dour viewing, but it was the visitors who managed the conditions best to run out worthy winners.
Early play suggested Bury would have their work cut out to break down a solid TJ defence and a penalty at a scrum for an early push gave Robinson the chance to open his account but his kick fell just short on 8 minutes.
Murray Loweought to have got the visitors on the scoreboard but some fantastic last gasp defending stopped him inches short and Bury were able to finally clear their lines.
The strong winds, allied to driving rain meant creative play would be at a premium and Although Bury had the majority of possession, they lacked the nous and creativity to break down a well organised TJ defence.
All too often a frustrated Bury were forced to kick away possession and on 23 minutes they were made to pay when TJ’s carried the ball back with real interest before Fly Half Robinson saw a gap in the drifting Bury defence to race to the line. Confusion reigned for a few seconds as the officials consulted over the grounding of the ball before awarding the score, which the 10 converted himself.
Bury continued to have the lion’s share of possession but too often the attacks were too slow and too predictable. In contrast TJs attacked with far more vim and vigour!
Bury enjoyed their best period of attacks in the closing minutes of the half. Sam Bixby on for skipper Ollie Watson – whose cut eye injury had opened up again – led the charge, aided and abetted by Mark Kohler. For the closing 6 minutes of the half Bury pummelled the visitors defence but an outstanding rear-guard action led by Colderick and Irvine held firm. Bury had nothing to show for their labours and sadly lost Hooker Calum Torpey with a suspected ankle fracture in the closing seconds of the half.
A re jig at the break saw Cam Ritchie move up to 10 and Connor Adams come on at 15. Early signs looked promising, but once again Bury soon drifted into lateral attacks which TJ’s defended with ease.
There was still no let up in the horrid conditions but it was TJ’s that were playing the conditions better. The kicking contest was clearly going their way and although No 8 Colderick had to be helped from the field, their forwards had that extra edge going forward.
Both defences were clearly on top and scores, if they were to come, would be rare and need either a moment of magic or a mistake. Neither came.., instead more and more stoppages occurred as players fell to the ground. Bury lost Leng and Browne with worrying bangs to the head and with it two potential match winners.
Half Backs Edwards and Robinson kept their side going forward and as the visiting forwards began to get on top, Bury began to run out of ideas. Whereas Bury laboured sideways before aimlessly kicking the ball away, the 9 and 10 mixed the play using strike runners and clever kicks to keep Bury on their toes. The pressure exerted began to see penalties conceded and Robinson was unlucky to see another penalty attempt just fall short again.
Scott Brown saw Yellow for his part in dragging down an advancing TJ’s maul but once again Robinson missed with his penalty attempt and with 10 minutes to go Bury still had a chance of snatching a draw or even better!
However, Bury were wilting now, and a blood injury to Graham saw a patched up Bury pack struggling to get out of their own 22. TJ’s almost added to their lead when Robinson cleverly switched the play blind and right wing Lowe again almost scoring only to be denied by fantastic last gasp defending.
Bury could not escape however, and TJ’s kept the pressure on until they earned a penalty from a scrum 8m out. Would they take another scrum? Would they kick to the corner? No! Instead they were determined to deny Bury anything from the game and Robinson bisected the posts from 25 metres to seal the victory.
The restart not going 10metres signalled the end of the game and summed up Bury’s frustrating day.

Updated 10:52 - 17 Oct 2018 by Simon Lord

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