Bury 4 Colchester 1
by The Boy Holty
Bury made a giant step towards league one safety with a resounding home victory over Colchester, in what is our biggest win of the season so far and the most impressive. It also saw a second Bury goal for the man who needed it most, Shaun Harrad.
After a shaky start, Bury soon found their way into the game and with Worrall making some telling runs down the right were soon causing Colchester problems without really creating much. That all changed just before half time when a Sodje header was scrambled in by Mike Grella at the second time of asking and then before Colchester could respond, it was 2-0 after Shaun Harrad, who had just had a header brilliantly saved, put the ball away after the keeper fumbled a Joe Skarz header.
In the second half, following some superbly controlled defensive play from the excellent Andrei Jones and Sweeney, the ball was passed forward and when grella put Coke through, he finished with aplomb to make it 3-0.
Anyway, Bury being Bury, we allowed Colchester a free header a minute later and it was 3-1 but when the ball was pushed out wide to David Worrall, he capped off probably his best performance in a Bury shirt with a nice low drive into the bottom corner to make it 4-1 and to seal our second home win in two games, the first time we've had back to back wins at home all season.
League one football should be all but secured now and I'm happy to lose the tenner I put on us to be relegated a few weeks ago.
A few players deserve a special mention for this game, Efe Sodje had one of his good days, when he was solid and assured and barely put a foot wrong, Andrei Jones showed that he's much more deserving of a place in the team than Phil Picken, who I've never liked.
In midfield Coke, Schumacher and Sweeney did well in midfield but Worrall, as mentioned, was my man of the match. Up front, Harrad and Grella also looked good and while being far from outstanding both showed a desire to score and win that made Bishop's absence barely noticeable.
In other news, I took advantage of the quid a kid offer and my two girls really enjoyed themselves. Ella(9) taught Katie(4) to shout "Come on Bury" which she gleefully did throughout the second half. I was thinking I'd be happy to get an hour in before they wanted to go home, but they didn't want to leave and they're begging me to take them again.
All round it was a great performance and a great result to cap off a wonderful Easter weekend. Now I'm just hoping Nottingham Forest get relegated because I want to go there next season.