BURY Town enter Tuesday’s Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup tie at home to Felixstowe & Walton United following a ‘bizarre’ 8-0 victory.
The Blues, who were without ten first-team players, thrashed bottom-of-the-table Romford on their home turf to record their biggest win in the Isthmian League.
All the goals came between the 41st and 69th minutes, and although Romford had a man sent off after 55 minutes, the score was already 5-0 by then.
Max Maughn (pictured above, blue shirt) scored four times, Ryan Jolland twice and Dan Gilchrist and Tom Gee one apiece for Ben Chenery’s side.
Chenery admitted afterwards: “It was one of the most bizarre games of football I have been involved in. We had ten players missing through injury and suspension and three of our under-18s in our team.
“For the first ten minutes Romford started well, but then for the next half an hour we did everything but score, before scoring three times in five minutes before half time.
“We got between the lines and had good overloads. It was the perfect game – everything I try to coach in training came to fruition and we suffocated Romford.
“We were relentless and the young lads ignited something and the senior players were very professional as everything came good on the day.
“That performance has been coming. We have been very unfortunate with some of our recent results, but on Saturday we were excellent in both boxes. We kept a clean sheet and could have scored double figures.
Chenery praised the performance of midfielder Maughn, who netted four goals.
“He is a very intelligent footballer who gets in great areas behind the defence and just needs to go ‘cold’ in front of goal to take them,” he said.
Bury have now recorded back-to-back victories ahead of facing the high-flying Seasiders in the twice-postponed second-round tie. The winners will entertain Kirkley & Pakefield in the last eight.
Cemal Ramadan and Ollie Snaith, who were both sent off in the 3-1 win against Great Wakering Rovers, will be available, although Ross Crane, who was also dismissed, is cup-tied after playing in the competition for parent club Ipswich Town.
Chenery said: “It is a shame the game falls when it does with the players we still have out, but it will be a great experience for those younger players who are involved.
“It is realistically our only chance of winning any silverware this season, but we know they will be tough opponents. They have done ever so well this season and they beat us at home, although we were good on the night.”
The other remaining second-round fixture, which has also twice fallen foul of the recent wet weather, sees Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division sides Haverhill Rovers and Woodbridge Town meet at The New Croft.
The winners will be at home to holders Needham Market in the quarter-finals.
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Bury Town v Felixstowe & Walton Utd (7.45pm).
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Haverhill Rovers v Woodbridge Town (7.45pm).