Bury vs Accrington Stanley
by Hannah Ingram at Gigg Lane
A decent run of results had seen Bury climb into the play off places, and a winning penalty from Cameron Belford in midweek saw the Shakers through to the third round of the Johnson's Paint Trophy after disposing of Shrewsbury.
Accrington Stanley came to Gigg Lane on the back of an impressive 7-4 victory against Gillingham","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Gillingham, and were one place below Bury in the play off places, occupying sixth spot.
Accrington came close to taking the lead on four minutes after a misplaced pass from Damien Mozika broke for Sean McConville after Efe Sodje tried to close the ball down. McConville shot straight at Cameron Belford from close range.
GOAL! Bury took the lead on 14 minutes after Ryan Lowe persisted against defender Sean Hessey to get hold of a lofty ball; Lowe took the ball into the box and after hitting the ball against Ian Dunbavin, he finished the effort with his 100th league goal.
Bury 1 Accrington Stanley 0
A neat pass from Michael Jones on 33 minutes set up Nicky Ajose on the left of the box, but his low drive was blocked by Dunbavin.
GOAL! Bury doubled their lead and Ryan Lowe's tally on 44 minutes; David Worrall collected the ball on the right wing before threading through to Phil Picken just inside the box. He then squared the ball to Lowe who made no mistake with his right foot, sending the ball into the left of the net.
Bury 2 Accrington Stanley 0
Accrington had a good chance to pull a goal back just before the break, but Andy Proctor had his powerful drive blocked by Picken.
Time was soon called on a first half that was eventful in places, and after two goals, Ryan Lowe was definitely looking for his illusive third.
Half Time - Bury 2 Accrington Stanley 0
Half Time Substitution for Accrington Stanley - Chris Turner on for Sean McConville
Substitution for Accrington Stanley on 52 minutes - Craig Lindfield on for Andrew Parkinson
GOAL! Bury's lead was extended to three goals on 56 minutes after a long ball forward from Cameron Belford was missed by Dean Winnard and left Nicky Ajose free with space to run at the goal, one on one with Dunbavin. He took his time, composed a shot from the right of the box after rounding the keeper and finished the effort with style.
Bury 3 Accrington Stanley 0
Double substitution for Bury on 69 minutes - Andy Haworth on for Michael Jones, Kyle Bennett on for David Worrall
A few moments of madness on 75 minutes culminated in the dismissal on Accrington's captain Andy Proctor after he clashed with Damien Mozika. The resulting retaliation saw a player from each side booked for their involvement.
Red card for Accrington on 75 minutes - Andy Proctor
Yellow card for Bury on 76 minutes - Efe Sodje
Yellow card for Accrington on 76 minutes - Terry Gornell
Accrington were down to nine men six minutes later after Johnny Bateson caught the back of Kyle Bennett's heels and the referee made no mistake sending him off.
Red card for Accrington on 81 minutes - Johnny Bateson
Ryan Lowe came close to claiming his hat trick on 84 minutes after Ajose squared the ball to him from the left of the box, but Dunbavin got down quickly to take the ball from his feet.
Moments later and Ajose almost made it four as Bennett set him up outside the box, but he curled it wide of the right post.
Ryan Lowe was still on the verge of his hat trick but his volleyed effort on 87 minutes, after a pass from Picken on the right of the box, was stopped on the line by Dunbavin.
Four minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official as Bury piled on the pressure.
A late corner for Accrington posed no danger and the referee soon called time on an eventful second period of play.
Full Time - Bury 3 Accrington Stanley 0
Bury had the result under wraps but Accrington's physical style ended up costing them two players. Ryan Lowe was looking for his hat trick to top off a brilliant result for the Shakers, but it wasn't to be. Bury are now unbeaten in six matches and climb up to fourth in the table.
The Shakers have a lengthy trip next week as they face Torquay, who started the season as promotion contenders, but after surrendering their 3-1 score line to a 3-3 result at Crewe, it could be very interesting at the south coast.
Attendance - 4164 (687 visitors)
Bury:Cameron Belford, Phil Picken, Joe Skarz, Tom Lees, David Worrall, Steven Schumacher (c), Mike Jones, Ryan Lowe, Efetobore Sodje, Damien Mozika, Nicky Ajose
Substitutes:Ben Futcher, Peter Sweeney,Andy Haworth, Lenell John-Lewis, Kyle Bennett, Richie Branagan, Max Harrop
Accrington Stanley:Ian Dunbavin, Johnny Bateson, Dean Winnard, Sean Hessey , Andy Proctor (c), James Ryan,Charlie Barnett, Sean McConville, Phil Edwards, Andrew Parkinson, Terry Gornell
Substitutes: Alex Cisak, Craig Lindfield, Leam Richardson, Luke Joyce, Chris Turner,Peter Murphy, Rory Boulding
Referee: Mr Eddie Ilderton
Assistant (Red & Yellow Flag):Mr A D Hutchinson
Assistant (Yellow Flag):Mr S Smith
Fourth Official:Mr D Handley