WHITES BURIED BY BURY
IT was a day to forget for Dover Athletic as they crashed to a heavy defeat at League Two side Bury.
This was something of a free hit for Andy Hessenthaler’s men but first-half goals from Jay O’Shea, Danny Mayor and Byron Moore put the Shakers out of sight by half-time.
Moore added a fourth on 64 minutes before sub Dominic Telford compounded Dover’s misery in stoppage time.
“Losing the two goals early on was a bit of a killer for us,” Hessenthaler said.
“Bury are an excellent team. They’ve been tonking sides in their division this season
“We gave ourselves too much of a mountain to climb, and against a good side like Bury you just can’t do that.
“If we’d gone 1-0 up in the opening minutes, things might have been different, but it wasn’t to be.
“We’ve not really done ourselves justice, but that seems to be the way things are going for us at the moment.
“We’ve got really important league games coming up and we need to be really focused on them now.
“It’s not the best of situations we’re in of course, but there’s lots of points still to play for.
“The lads are down of course, but it’s about showing a bit of character now and bouncing back positively.”
The Whites brought in Bedsente Gomis for Bobby-Joe Taylor in their only change from the victory over Maidenhead last week, but Hessenthaler could only name six of the allotted seven subs.
His side actually started the brighter but it was Bury who broke the deadlock 12 minutes in. The impressive Mayor found Callum McFadzean down the left and his low cross kindly deflected into the path of O’Shea, who calmly slotted home.
Moore squandered a glorious chance to make it 2-0 three minutes later before Mayor duly obliged on 18 minutes with a stunning solo effort, gliding past at least two Dover challenges before drilling home.
Inih Effiong and Gomis went close for the visitors as they looked to find a glimmer of hope, but Bury remained in control and it was no surprise when they made it 3-0 on 36 minutes – Moore tucking home underneath Mitch Walker’s body after latching on to Nicky Maynard’s smart pass.
Bury kept up the pressure in the second half and after Neil Danns fired over with the goal as his mercy it was soon four, Moore hooking home Danns’ cross from close-range.
Telford’s individual effort in injury time wrapped up a handsome victory for the home side, leaving manager Ryan Lowe mightily relieved to have avoided the banana skin.
“I’m just happy to be in the hat to be honest,” Lowe said. “I believe there’s been a few upsets today, I’m just glad we’ve not been on the wrong end of one of them.
“The lads have done their jobs brilliantly. They were respectful of the opposition, they stuck to the game-plan, and in the end they’ve come away with a handsome reward.”
HIT AND HOPE: Dover’s Bedsent Gomis tries his luck to no avail