VERDICT: Cambridge United 2 Bury 1

LUKE Berry’s last-gasp winner knocked Bury out of the FA Cup and denied the Shakers a £100,000 windfall.

Conference leaders Cambridge had the better of Tuesday night’s first-round replay at the Abbey Stadium and took a deserved lead through Berry on 61 minutes.

Bury equalised within two minutes through Shaun Harrad, who only started because loan signing Danny Nardiello was ineligible. The Shakers then had chances to go in front as they got on top.

Yet Berry pounced from an 87th-minute corner to send Cambridge through to the second round and secure a lucrative televised clash at home to Sheffield United on Sunday.

Cheered on by a bumper home crowd, it was easy to see why Cambridge had racked up 10 wins out of 10 at home this season as they immediately pressed the Shakers back.

With Nathan Cameron shifting across to cover for injured right-back Shaun Beeley (ankle) and Richard Hinds coming in at centre-half, the Bury defence repeatedly looked vulnerable during the early stages.

Cameron had to clear for the game’s first corner, which was turned over by Liam Hughes from eight yards, while Danny Hylton saw a shot blocked at the other end.

William Edjenguele and Andy Procter then had to head Cambridge free-kicks clear from inside Bury’s six-yard box, before Adam Cunnington and Harrad sent looping headers off target at each end.

The Shakers were grateful for Kwesi Appiah's profligacy in the first game and he spurned another great chance as he got in behind left-back Dean Howell, only to blaze over when through on goal.

Berry’s shot was easily saved by Jensen while Dunk volleyed wide from the edge of the box but Bury began to get a foothold in the game after the half-hour mark and Hylton directed a header wide from Cameron’s cross.

Hughes then saw a free-kick deflected wide before home keeper Chris Maxwell misjudged a Sedgwick cross and there was a defender covering to clear Craig Jones’s effort off the line.

Tempers flared during a scrappy start to the second half, with Tom Soares lucky not to be shown a second yellow card after committing two fouls in quick succession.

And with the Shakers still to regroup, some fine footwork by Dunk bamboozled the Bury defence. First he dinked the ball into Berry inside the box then took the return pass. And Dunk looked up again to square for Berry, who had time to take a touch before beating Jensen from close range.

The Shakers hit straight back as Procter crossed from the right byline and Harrad got in front of his man to flash a header in at the near post for his first goal in 15 matches.

Jones should have also headed home after some decent Bury pressure resulted in Procter chipping the ball towards the far post, where Jones glanced it wide unchallenged.

The winger almost made amends as he got to the left byline before cutting it back for Hylton, who headed against the inside of the near post.

To add further frustration, it looked as though the ball may well have crossed the line before being clawed away by Maxwell but the referee waved play on.

But the hosts then pushed for a winner and although Jensen tipped over an Ian Miller header, he could do little to stop Berry’s close-range header flashing past him from the resulting corner.

BURY: Jensen 7, Cameron 6, Hinds 7 (Mayor 89), Edjenguele 7, Howell 6, Jones 7, Procter 7, Soares 7 (Holden 90), Sedgwick 7, Harrad 7, Hylton 7. Not used: Forrester, Navas, Reindorf, Walker, Lainton.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED: Maxwell, Tait, Taylor, Champion, Miller, Coulson, Hughes, Berry, Appiah, Cunnington, Dunk. Not used: Roberts, Bonner, Norris, Austin, Sam-Yorke, Spillane, Arnold.

Goals: Cambridge 2 (Berry 61 & 87) Bury 1 (Harrad 63)

Yellow cards: Bury – Procter 83, Hinds 38, Soares 52.

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire)

Attendance: 3,342 (105)

Star man: Shaun Harrad – Ronnie Jepson has given the former Burton Albion striker every chance since his promotion to caretaker boss, but up to Tuesday night he had not delivered. Nobody has ever questioned the 28-year-old’s workrate, it was his strike-rate that has let him down. But Harrad finally got his goal against Cambridge – only his second of the season and fourth since arriving at Bury in August, 2011. It is just a shame that it did not inspire a Bury victory.

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5:05pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mammol says...

I like many others have commented its a disgrace !! the loss of revenue should make our so called chairman think very quickly if he is going to continue with this no hoper until January.
we the fans and no not all but i think the majority have had enough of the sad stories that we were unlucky ?? nonesense !!! in two games a none league team played us off the park and what is mopre worrying we have a manager who just picks his faverites who came out and said give Ronnie the job he is great .
he may well be great at something but not at being a manager no plan A never mind a plan B to try and change things with your subs just what they can do with 1 or 2 minutes to go is beyond me.
action please chairman is a lot louder then words so please remove him now !!!
I like many others have commented its a disgrace !! the loss of revenue should make our so called chairman think very quickly if he is going to continue with this no hoper until January. we the fans and no not all but i think the majority have had enough of the sad stories that we were unlucky ?? nonesense !!! in two games a none league team played us off the park and what is mopre worrying we have a manager who just picks his faverites who came out and said give Ronnie the job he is great . he may well be great at something but not at being a manager no plan A never mind a plan B to try and change things with your subs just what they can do with 1 or 2 minutes to go is beyond me. action please chairman is a lot louder then words so please remove him now !!! mammol

5:22pm Wed 4 Dec 13

easylife44 says...

AS a long life Bury F C Fan this is pathetic exit. Regardless of Cambridge United's money and winning home games, our team has not stepped up at all against non-league competition.

I do not agree with removing Ronnie at this time. The Chairman will most unboubtably wait till January which is only 3 weeks away. At that time, Mr. Day will carefully review the progress of Ronnie and will make the right decision.

Our last three games have been good and we have picked up points.

There are plenty (and more to come) Managers available to Mr. Day.

Out of the cup is not good, I do not hold with the old cliche. As for Harrad, he needs to go somewhere other than Gigg.

That's all I have to say.
AS a long life Bury F C Fan this is pathetic exit. Regardless of Cambridge United's money and winning home games, our team has not stepped up at all against non-league competition. I do not agree with removing Ronnie at this time. The Chairman will most unboubtably wait till January which is only 3 weeks away. At that time, Mr. Day will carefully review the progress of Ronnie and will make the right decision. Our last three games have been good and we have picked up points. There are plenty (and more to come) Managers available to Mr. Day. Out of the cup is not good, I do not hold with the old cliche. As for Harrad, he needs to go somewhere other than Gigg. That's all I have to say. easylife44

6:43pm Wed 4 Dec 13

biederbeck says...

It's time they sold the ground and packed up all ways the same excuses . A waste of fans money sell up .
It's time they sold the ground and packed up all ways the same excuses . A waste of fans money sell up . biederbeck

7:32pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Babbar Divino says...

Notwithstanding the fact that an opportunity of a bumper pay day has been missed and Cambridge at this stage look good for promotion back to the top flight next season, if performances like this is the benchmark of the current ability of the Shakers then changes need to be made now never mind waiting until January.
Notwithstanding the fact that an opportunity of a bumper pay day has been missed and Cambridge at this stage look good for promotion back to the top flight next season, if performances like this is the benchmark of the current ability of the Shakers then changes need to be made now never mind waiting until January. Babbar Divino

8:39pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Lisasmit says...

First thing we need to do currently is change the nickname. The Shakers! Mr *rse Makes me laugh (not) This lot couldn't shake a stick. And if the PA announcer welcomes our players on Saturday with the phrase, "the mighty shakers", I am likely to throw up!

Sadly, lots of this was Blackwell's doing but Ronnie stood right behind him bringing in all this cra*
First thing we need to do currently is change the nickname. The Shakers! Mr *rse Makes me laugh (not) This lot couldn't shake a stick. And if the PA announcer welcomes our players on Saturday with the phrase, "the mighty shakers", I am likely to throw up! Sadly, lots of this was Blackwell's doing but Ronnie stood right behind him bringing in all this cra* Lisasmit

8:53pm Wed 4 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

So it seems that others have the words to use when I was just too angry to articulate myself cleanly! When KB was sacked I applauded. When the board then failed to act concisely on a qualified new appointment I have from day 1 stated my belief they do not understand football properly. The proof is in the all the stats, league points etc, even if one is too blind to see and understand it for yourself on the field. The only, and I mean only possible positive from the Cambridge disgrace is that it will cost the board a chunk of cash they could have hoped for and I'm sure well needed. As businessmen and not football people maybe that will register on some gauge in their beings!! Forget the possible pleasureable distraction for the fans in also an entertainment business. Now all there is to look forward to is just another relegation fight with lots of desperately miserable performances yet to come. What the board must also realise is that Bury fans have been given false hope and promises by board after board for over half a century since we started to drop from Div.2. They have got an Everest to climb to get back the fanbase numbers lost over that time. Most of the younger fans growing up in that time took a look at Bury and decided on more glamourous neighbours instead. It's really hard to be a Bury FC fan. I'm sorry Mr. Jepson. You might be a great guy, but all you have prooven is that you are not managerial quality or material in any of the upper leagues. All you've done is harmed you CV further with our Bury experience. Yippy doo dah you were a bit better than Shirtcliff!! Is it your fault........NO. I have no doubts at all you worked your butt off and did your best for Bury. Some other idiot thought you were up to the job.


I think our new board have done and are doing a terrific job since they came in. OK so they are being compared to a previous board who behaved like there were in a coma. Nevertheless, except for only one mistake, they have been great for Bury FC. The problem is that one, and only one is so critical to the club. Had they hoped it wouldn't be as bad until Jan 1st? I really really hoped, if only even for financial reasons, we got to round 2 of the Cup. It certainly would have shown some degree of commitment from the playing side to the board that they were in it together with them. For our new boards financial investment, it would have been nice that they got some extra help from somewhere else. Alas woefully no! The problem though will all such bodies though when errors are made is that they will either say nothing, deflect, or refuse to admit the mistake. What would have been the big deal if they had said that the situation needed reassessment regarding the appointment of a new manager. How many fans would have either objected or held them up to blame? It's just being human and honest, and putting the club first. Well there's lots more managers to pick from now! Maybe that was part of their plan, of more choice and economic laws of supply and demand?

I'll be interested to see what Jamie Hoyland has to say for himself this week.
So it seems that others have the words to use when I was just too angry to articulate myself cleanly! When KB was sacked I applauded. When the board then failed to act concisely on a qualified new appointment I have from day 1 stated my belief they do not understand football properly. The proof is in the all the stats, league points etc, even if one is too blind to see and understand it for yourself on the field. The only, and I mean only possible positive from the Cambridge disgrace is that it will cost the board a chunk of cash they could have hoped for and I'm sure well needed. As businessmen and not football people maybe that will register on some gauge in their beings!! Forget the possible pleasureable distraction for the fans in also an entertainment business. Now all there is to look forward to is just another relegation fight with lots of desperately miserable performances yet to come. What the board must also realise is that Bury fans have been given false hope and promises by board after board for over half a century since we started to drop from Div.2. They have got an Everest to climb to get back the fanbase numbers lost over that time. Most of the younger fans growing up in that time took a look at Bury and decided on more glamourous neighbours instead. It's really hard to be a Bury FC fan. I'm sorry Mr. Jepson. You might be a great guy, but all you have prooven is that you are not managerial quality or material in any of the upper leagues. All you've done is harmed you CV further with our Bury experience. Yippy doo dah you were a bit better than Shirtcliff!! Is it your fault........NO. I have no doubts at all you worked your butt off and did your best for Bury. Some other idiot thought you were up to the job. I think our new board have done and are doing a terrific job since they came in. OK so they are being compared to a previous board who behaved like there were in a coma. Nevertheless, except for only one mistake, they have been great for Bury FC. The problem is that one, and only one is so critical to the club. Had they hoped it wouldn't be as bad until Jan 1st? I really really hoped, if only even for financial reasons, we got to round 2 of the Cup. It certainly would have shown some degree of commitment from the playing side to the board that they were in it together with them. For our new boards financial investment, it would have been nice that they got some extra help from somewhere else. Alas woefully no! The problem though will all such bodies though when errors are made is that they will either say nothing, deflect, or refuse to admit the mistake. What would have been the big deal if they had said that the situation needed reassessment regarding the appointment of a new manager. How many fans would have either objected or held them up to blame? It's just being human and honest, and putting the club first. Well there's lots more managers to pick from now! Maybe that was part of their plan, of more choice and economic laws of supply and demand? I'll be interested to see what Jamie Hoyland has to say for himself this week. RONNIEJAWS

9:08pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Lisasmit says...

Sadly, most of this lot are not fit to wear the shirt. As Ronnie says above, the board have done a good job off the field, or so it seems. Now is the time for a new leader/manager, who is qualified and has a track record and cares about Bury FC.

The Shakers, my *rse! More like, the **** cat dolls....
Sadly, most of this lot are not fit to wear the shirt. As Ronnie says above, the board have done a good job off the field, or so it seems. Now is the time for a new leader/manager, who is qualified and has a track record and cares about Bury FC. The Shakers, my *rse! More like, the **** cat dolls.... Lisasmit

9:08pm Wed 4 Dec 13

rotarywing says...

Time for fans to get real. We have been in terminal decline for the last three seasons. Look at us now. One step from obscurity and kicked out of the FA cup by a conference league team. A wake up call is needed. We neither have the leadership or skills to survive. Worse, we lack the players with the ability or passion to wear the shirt. . In short we are s**t.. A clear out is needed. Get rid of the dross at every level or fade away.
Time for fans to get real. We have been in terminal decline for the last three seasons. Look at us now. One step from obscurity and kicked out of the FA cup by a conference league team. A wake up call is needed. We neither have the leadership or skills to survive. Worse, we lack the players with the ability or passion to wear the shirt. . In short we are s**t.. A clear out is needed. Get rid of the dross at every level or fade away. rotarywing

9:49pm Wed 4 Dec 13

longtimeshaker says...

we are worse on the pitch than ever due to poor management .. i like jepson but no way is he a manager ..seems like the usual story ..mr day if you want success as you lead the people to believe then why would you install jepson who is part of the blackwell / warnock hoofball brigade .. it shouldnt be bury football club , it should be bury hoofball club and its no way to get any support...fed up of this rubbish.
we are worse on the pitch than ever due to poor management .. i like jepson but no way is he a manager ..seems like the usual story ..mr day if you want success as you lead the people to believe then why would you install jepson who is part of the blackwell / warnock hoofball brigade .. it shouldnt be bury football club , it should be bury hoofball club and its no way to get any support...fed up of this rubbish. longtimeshaker

10:58pm Wed 4 Dec 13

easylife44 says...

longtimeshaker wrote:
we are worse on the pitch than ever due to poor management .. i like jepson but no way is he a manager ..seems like the usual story ..mr day if you want success as you lead the people to believe then why would you install jepson who is part of the blackwell / warnock hoofball brigade .. it shouldnt be bury football club , it should be bury hoofball club and its no way to get any support...fed up of this rubbish.
It's hard to argue against this post. Ronnie has a good heart, good bloke and a Bury legend in his time. Ronnie said himself "If the board is not happy, I will walk away and wish everyone well".

I reserve the right and ammend and clarify my post above, maybe we need a seasoned Manager before the Xmas-New Year break and not wait till January. However, beware lads and lassies, for certain the new Manager would say as Mr. Day quoted "this is not my team" if things don;t turn around.
[quote][p][bold]longtimeshaker[/bold] wrote: we are worse on the pitch than ever due to poor management .. i like jepson but no way is he a manager ..seems like the usual story ..mr day if you want success as you lead the people to believe then why would you install jepson who is part of the blackwell / warnock hoofball brigade .. it shouldnt be bury football club , it should be bury hoofball club and its no way to get any support...fed up of this rubbish.[/p][/quote]It's hard to argue against this post. Ronnie has a good heart, good bloke and a Bury legend in his time. Ronnie said himself "If the board is not happy, I will walk away and wish everyone well". I reserve the right and ammend and clarify my post above, maybe we need a seasoned Manager before the Xmas-New Year break and not wait till January. However, beware lads and lassies, for certain the new Manager would say as Mr. Day quoted "this is not my team" if things don;t turn around. easylife44

7:37am Thu 5 Dec 13

shakencity says...

Let's get one thing clear, Ronnie Jepson IS NOT a legend at our club....he played 47 games and scored 9 (yes 9) goals for us, hardly legend status is it.

Not wishing my life away, but January can't come soon enough.
Let's get one thing clear, Ronnie Jepson IS NOT a legend at our club....he played 47 games and scored 9 (yes 9) goals for us, hardly legend status is it. Not wishing my life away, but January can't come soon enough. shakencity

8:36pm Thu 5 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

Thankyou shakencity.....We were really letting the bar drop frighteningly low to qualify for Bury Fc Legend status!!
JOHN CONNELLY 37 goals in 128
DEREK SPENCE 44 in 140
CRAIG MADDEN 129 in 297
& LOWEY 49 in 90
But granted also it's not just percentages or stats. It's also the team that they played in and contributed to, and what their contributions achieved. Crucial goals at crucial times. Or perhaps just pure entertaining skill. Even I didn't realise Jepson only played that few games.
Thankyou shakencity.....We were really letting the bar drop frighteningly low to qualify for Bury Fc Legend status!! JOHN CONNELLY 37 goals in 128 DEREK SPENCE 44 in 140 CRAIG MADDEN 129 in 297 & LOWEY 49 in 90 But granted also it's not just percentages or stats. It's also the team that they played in and contributed to, and what their contributions achieved. Crucial goals at crucial times. Or perhaps just pure entertaining skill. Even I didn't realise Jepson only played that few games. RONNIEJAWS

9:49pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Lisasmit says...

David Flitcroft appointed as Bury manager. check out newsnow, bury fc
David Flitcroft appointed as Bury manager. check out newsnow, bury fc Lisasmit

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