The opening period was a cagey affair with neither side really controlling play. The best chance coming when Martin was played through one on one, and shooting wide, albeit after the umpire decided he’d dribbled forwards with the back of his stick somehow. Nomads were put on the back foot by some further questionable umpiring, leading to a first green card for Tom “the thug” Baldwin for a bad tackle, and another for Will “I’ve got 2!” Charlton getting his customary yellow green.
Back to 11 and on the front foot nomads took the lead. A cleverly worked short saw Sam “good guy” W-F hit Martin in the middle of the D and his deflection trickled over the line.
An inspiring team talk from Rich at half-time saw Nomads take control. The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Nomads miss 5 or so excellent chances: Martin striking the post from another well worked short, and Tom firing at the keeper whilst unmarked. Bury couldn’t handle the onslaught though, and after excellent recovery work Jack rolled a ball across the D for Martin to deflect in his second.
Bury fought back, and against the run of play won a short corner. Fearing the sticky pitch at Coldhams, an unusual routine saw them pass straight to left slip, who fired into the corner after a small deflection.
Nomads kept up the pressure at 2-1 and looked the side most likely to score next. The onslaught continued and Tom was unfairly prevented from shooting in front of the keeper, and Nomads had a flick. Joe “skipper” Phillips stepped up... and... SAVED.
Galvanised, Bury upped the ante. Tom “the thug” got his second green, for hitting a ball towards the umpire at the second attempt. Down to 10 and under pressure nomads stood strong for a while, Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, and with 2 minutes left an unlucky mistrap from Wattsy let the ball off the pitch, Bury countered and scored, at the second attempt, to claim an undeserved point
MotM: Nick “2 in a row” Wells who shone like a diamond in CM
DoD: Tom “the thug” Baldwin for his 2 greens