WHITES’ Emirates FA Cup journey was abruptly ended in the First Round by a clinical Bury side at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane on Saturday afternoon.
Jay O’Shea, Danny Mayor and Bryon Moore had the hosts three goals ahead before half-time, with Moore and substitute Dominic Telford adding to the scoreline in the second half – Though Andy Hessenthaler’s men nearly had a shock lead within minutes of kick-off.
A Mitch Brundle corner was deflected goalwards by Kevin Lokko, only for O’Shea to clear the ball before it trickled over the goal line.
In a frantic start, an inch-perfect cross from Mayor saw visiting keeper Mitch Walker save Tom Miller’s header from point-blank range.
However, the home side were ahead on 12 minutes.
Another cross, this time from Callum McFadzean was cleared only as far as O’Shea to slot home from just inside the penalty area.
The lead was almost doubled moments later, but Moore fired over Nicky Maynard’s pass.
Whites were almost level, but a sprawling save denied Inih Effiong when one-on-one.
That miss was duly punished as the Shakers doubled their lead on 18 minutes.
Mayor burst forward and curled an unstoppable 20-yard effort past a stunned Walker.
Bedsente Gomis collected Jamie Allen’s pass and fired goalwards from the edge of the area, only to see Murphy in the Bury goal land on his low drive.
Moore shaped to cross at the other end, before sending a teasing effort narrowly wide from an angle.
Maynard then blazed over ten minutes before the break and the hosts looked to seal their place in round two of the cup early.
Two minutes later, ti was Moore who ensured Bury’s name were in the hat for Monday night’s draw.
The striker pounced on Dover defensive hesitation and slotted through Walker’s legs to make it 3-0.
There was time for two more chances in the half as Walker plucked out Maynard’s goalbound header following a corner, before saving Mayor’s thunderbolt with his legs as the ball spun behind for a corner.
Following the restart, Moussa Diarra’s misplaced header was squandered by Neil Danns from ten yards.
But Moore made no mistake on 63 minutes as he completed his brace, volleying in Miller’s cross from a yard out to make it 4-0 to the Lancashire side.
Walker’s quick reactions were enough to deny a twisting and Turing substitute Callum Driver.
Whites almost grabbed a consolation from a defensive error, but Effiong placed his effort just wide.
Maynard was then unable to add his name to the scoresheet, contriving to miss from close in after Walker failed to claim a cross into the area.
It was down to Telford to show Maynard how to score in injury time.
The sub striker cut inside a fired low into the bottom corner to complete the Shakers’ rout.
Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made one change to the side that started last weekend’s home win against Maidenhead, with Gomis coming in for the cup-tied Bobby-Joe Taylor.
Dover also included three academy players on the bench, with Marshall Wratten replacing Effiong six minutes from time.
Whites are back on National League duty next week when they travel to FC Halifax Town on Saturday 17th November, kick-off 3 pm.
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