Bury were once again on their travels, this time a short trip to Stainland on a cold winter's day
Bury were once again on their travels, this time a short trip to Stainland on a cold winter's day. With the game kicking off 15 minutes late due to the referee getting lost, Bury started the game playing up the significant slope. Good solid sets by the visitors set the tone for the first half and it wasn't long before sustained pressure on the Stainland line saw a sweeping move on 5 minutes finished by Luke Cheney in the corner, duly converted by Scott Swann. Stainland responded and with the slope in their favour pushed hard in search of points. With the Bury defence once again to the fore and winning good field position a similar attack to the previous saw Danny Sykes finish off in the same corner on 17 minutes for a well-deserved 10 point lead. Stainland continued to be thwarted and they could not break through the Bury ranks. 5 minutes before half time Jack Evison powered through to take Bury into the break 0-14 to the good.
Coming out for the 2nd half and with the slope in their favour Bury looked to have the game under control. The next 10 minutes though were frustrating as Bury lost their structure, complacency crept in and Stainland scored to notch their first points on the board after back to back penalties marched them up the field. Against the run of play the home side deployed their kick and chase tactics, outrunning the defence to add another 4 points after 51 minutes and it was game on. Bury knuckled down and quickening the tempo moved up a gear. On 59 minutes the Stainland prop was sent off for a blatant elbow on Sam Cheney who had to be replaced by Liam Ruff. 5 minutes later Ash Ryan burst through to extend the lead and with 10 minutes to go Jack Evison smashed through the defence to give the visitors a comfortable margin, both converted by Scott Swann.
In the end a solid victory on a difficult ground that with more composure would have led to a bigger winning margin. Some good performances but Man of the Match went to Sam Cheney for another barnstorming display in the pack.
Next week we welcome New Earswick All Blacks to Deanstones.