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Young Shakers Dominate

5 November 2014

Bury put in a dominant performance against Seaham Red Star on Tuesday night to progress into the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup...

A hat-trick from Anthony Dudley - his third of the season, and goals from Marcus Poscha, Khalid Mohammed and Raquarn Crosdale secured a confident 6-1 win at the JD Stadium.

The Shakers were ahead inside twelve minutes after a cleverly worked free-kick from Khalid Mohammed and Henry Wordingham. Mohammed squared to Wordingham, and his low pass was met by Marcus Poscha at the back post for an easy finish to make it 1-0.

The lead was doubled two minutes later when Anthony Dudley got the first of his three goals. Scott Burgess won the ball in midfield and released Dudley into a one-on-one situation with keeper Curtis Richardson. Dudley took one touch to set himself, before calmly placing the ball into the bottom corner to extend the home side's advantage.

The onslaught of attacks continued and it could have been 3-0 in the 25th minute. Red Star goalkeeper Curtis Richardson pulled off a fantastic save to deny George Miller before Henry Wordingham fired into the side netting.

However it wasn't long until the Shakers extended their lead and it was Dudley again who got the goal. His cross-shot took a slight deflection off the defender at the near post and it looped over Richardson's head and into the back of the net for 3-0 in the 34th minute. 

There was one final chance in the remaining minutes of the first-half following a mistake by Curtis Richardson. The Seaham Red Star goalkeeper tried to throw the ball out but it hit the head of Ben Potter and bounced to the feet of George Miller, who took aim with his first touch but was denied by a good block from Keiran Galbraith.

Bury had a slower start to the second-half and it was the away side who grabbed the first goal after the interval. Jack Ruddy's goal kick was intercepted and they played in Liam Heywood, who caressed the ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-1 with 25 minutes left to play.

Anthony Dudley sealed his hat-trick in the 78th minute when Scott Burgess was brought down in the area after successfully chasing down his own wayward pass. Dudley made no mistake from twelve yards out as he sent Richardson the wrong way for his 16th goal in 14 games.

It was 5-1 just a minute later, when Khalid Mohammed scored the goal of the night. Mohammed picked the ball up in midfield and skipped past a defender with a drop of his shoulder before placing the ball out of the reach of Curtis Richardson.

Seaham Red Star thought they had added another consolation with six minutes left but Ben Potter positioned himself excellently on the line to block a goal bound effort from Dominic Soulsby.

Even though they had a four goal advantage, Bury pushed for a sixth goal late on and their efforts were rewarded in the 86th minute. Raquarn Crosdale broke the offside trap and burst through on goal before slotting the ball through the legs of Richardson to finish the scoring.

The dominant performance from Bury saw them receive a standing ovation from the supporters in attendance as they left that the pitch with them now facing either Ellesmere Rangers or Port Vale, game played on Thursday night, in the FA Youth Cup Second Round. 

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