Borough Dumped Out Of Cup
Hampton & Richmond Borough’s 2012 FA Cup campaign was conclusively derailed by a well-drilled and organised Bury Town squad that had a point to prove after a midweek defeat in the Trophy.
Mark Harper made just 2 changes to the team that started at Hythe Town during the week, bringing back Neil Jenkins for Alan Bray and Mo Harkins came in at the expense of Joe Benjamin.
The Beavers opened the better, a James Simmonds shot from a Mo Harkins cross flew just over the bar; but the game turned on a piece of cruel luck after 9 minutes. A Darren Powell clearance was charged down by Sam Reed, and the ball broke kindly for the striker to clinically finish past Rodney Chiweshe.
Despite the Beavers having more of the possession, they were not using it efficiently enough, the usual outlets of JJ Bates and Charlie Moone were well shackled and rendered ineffective for the most part.
A quick Bury breakaway on 31 minutes overloaded the defence and Luke Ingram, who rejoined the game from the touchline during the breakaway and was immediately brought into play, needed no second chance to beat Chiweshe to double the lead.
This was the Beavers’ punishment for not creating and converting chances, and 2-0 in no way reflected the balance of play.
HT Bury 2 HRBFC 0
Within a few minutes of the second half resumption, the Beavers did create a chance, falling to Simmonds again, but his 20 yard attempt was easily caught by keeper Gardham, who had very little to do all game.
By now, Bury Town were starting to control play and a cross on from the Bury left on 66 minutes found an unmarked Ingram, his header beat Chiweshe, but not the bar, and Sam Reed was on hand to net his second of the game from close range.
The game was turning into a damage limitation exercise; given that very few teams have overturned a 3 goal deficit in 20 minutes, and definitely not against Bury Town, at least on this performance.
Charlie Moone was not the influential player he was in previous matches and his only chance came on 75 minutes, which was blocked before it troubled Gardham.
With just 7 minutes to go, salt was rubbed into the open wound when a Connor Hall cross was horribly sliced past Chiweshe by Billy Jeffreys, who then clearly wished he wasn’t at Ram Meadow at that point and who could blame him?
Bury keeper Gardham finally was forced into making a proper save, when Mo Bettamer forced his way into the box with a couple of minutes left and tried to catch the keeper off guard, unsuccessfully, at his near post.
Realistically, the Beavers were well beaten by Bury Town; getting an example of precise and deadly finishing from a team that showed its qualities in an eye catching manner. All in all, not a good day at the office for the team, which now will have to pick itself up for the visit of our old friends from Sussex, Lewes, on Tuesday night.
Bury Town 4
Reed 9, 66
HRBFC: Chiweshe, Kamara, Jenkins (c), Jeffreys, Powell, Turner (Bettamer 53), Bates (Benjamin 53), Holloway, Moone, Simmonds, Harkins (Bent 71).
Subs not used: Bray, Cousins.
Thanks to Rob Overfield, Press Officer at Borough, for this report.