Bury Senior’s poor start to their Red Rose campaign was put firmly behind them with two emphatic victories.
First up was the visit of Blackpool North to Unsworth Hall for the annual challenge against the Fylde Coast side.
With the match reduced to 12-a-side, due to the visitors having conflicting demands on players, Bury were never in trouble from the off.
Captain Steve Bracegirdle and Gordon Pilkington, followed by John Latham and Jimmy Pilkington both recorded 3-2 wins before a scintillating 6-4 triumph for Stan Horne and Trevor Grimshaw gave Bury a 6-0 advantage at the halfway stage.
The visitors hit back to take two points from the fourth match but last-green victories for Brian Simper and Nick Lawless, and Alan Green and Jimmy Hardman saw Bury run out 10-2 winners.
Without a league win on their travels, Bury got off to a steady start at Leyland with Bracegirdle and Steve Kennedy securing a half in the opening match, as did Hardman and Pilkington in match three.
Latham and John Milbourne gave Bury the lead with a fine 5&4 victory before wins from Simper and Tim Whitehead and Vincent Gale and Mike Howarth ensured Bury could not lose. A late rally from Leyland to win both the last two fourballs was too little too late to prevent Bury notching an 8-6 victory.
While Bury still remain at the foot of the table, they are now just one point adrift. And with only one of their opening six matches played at home, hopes are high for continued good form.
This week they travel to Chorley, which is always a closely-contested fixture.