Lincoln City v Bury FC - Maurice Dickson at Sincil Bank
Bury FC: Owain Fon Williams, Phil Picken, Joie Skarz, Tom Lees, Efe Sodje, Steven Schumacher ©, Damien Mozika, Michael Jones, Ryan Lowe, Nicky Ajose, Andy Haworth
Subs: Richie Branagan, Gavin Gunning, Peter Sweeney, David Worrall, Lenell John-Lewis, Danny Carlton, Kyle Bennett
Lincoln City: Joe Anyon, Gavin Hoyte, Adam Watts, Josh Gowling, Jamie Clapham, Scott Kerr, Josh O'Keefe, Mustapha Carayol, Albert Jarrett, Delroy Facey, Ben Hutchinson
Subs: Paul Musslewhite, Joe Anderson, Moses Swaibu, Gavin McCallum, Drewe Broughton, Andy Hutchinson, Cian Hughton
Attendance: 3,659 (210 Shakers)
The Shakers and their hardy band of travelling supporters arrived at a very chilly Sincil Bank looking to build on what is currently the best away record in the League having taken 19 points from a possible 24. Bury boss, Alan Knill faced a choice of recalling Shakers skipper Steven Schumacher who had recovered from a dead leg received in the first half at Burton Albion last Friday night or sticking with Peter Sweeney who had an impressive second half in the same game when he replaced Schumacher at half time but the Shakers gaffer plumped for his captain who has been in impressive form of late. If Bury, watched by Shakers legend Dean Kiely, were to win tonight they would equal a club record of six consecutive away wins set by the Championship side of 1960 / 1961.
The Shakers, in their Glorious White shirts, kicked off and had the first real effort on goal after three minutes when Ryan Lowe got on the end of Steven Schumacher's free kick but the effort went a yard or so wide of the Imps goal and it was the Scouse hitman who had Bury's second effort when following good work from Picken and Haworth he, again, headed wide after eluding his marker.
It was Bury who took the lead after 10 minutes when some intricate wing play between Skarz and Ajose led to the young striker playing a back heel that Lionel Messi would have been proud of into Andy Haworth. The young winger took the ball on a couple of strides and fired a shot from around twenty yards that didn't look as if was going to trouble Joe Anyon in the Imps goal but the ball somehow trickled between his legs and into the goal.
GOAL: Lincoln City 0 - 1 Bury FC (Haworth 10 minutes)
Two minutes later and City should have been level. Joe Skarz conceded a free kick out on the Shakers left hand side. Former Barnet winger Albert Jarrett whipped in a deep cross to the back post where two Lincoln players, Facey and Hutchinson were left totally unmarked and the former's header cannoned back off Owain Fon Williams' crossbar and was hacked to safety.
The Shakers increased their lead on 21 minutes when following another Lincoln attack the Shakers broke the length of the field in three passes with Jones, Ajose and Lowe, who fired in a shot which Anyon couldn't hold and Ajose slammed the ball home from ten yards.
Goal: Lincoln City 0 - 2 Bury (Ajose 20 minutes)
The Sincil Bank crowd had barely registered their disapproval when Bury increased their lead even further. A Sodje clearance was helped on by Mozika and fell at the feet of Ryan Lowe who took a couple of strides and curled an unstoppable shot over Anyon and into the top of the net.
Goal: Lincoln City 0 - 3 Bury (Lowe 22 minutes)
The Imps came close to reducing the deficit a few minutes later when Jarrett broke free from Skarz and let fly from fully twenty five yards but Fon Williams saw it all the way and tipped the ball over the bar for a corner which was easily cleared by Sodje.
Some of the Shakers approach play was joyful to watch and the Imps rearguard was constantly being tested by the width and speed of Jones and Haworth, the guile of Lowe and Ajose with Schumacher pulling the strings like a master puppeteer and Mozika charging around the midfield wanting to tackle anything that moved. Further efforts from Lowe, Schumacher and Jones all could have easily extended Bury's lead as they totally dominated the game.
As the first half approached it's conclusion Lincoln had a mini spell of pressure with Facey forcing Fon Williams into a good save at his near post and the ball being scrambled clear by Mozika following Carayol's corner.
So, at half time, the Shakers led by three and looked good value for the margin and it's not an exaggeration to say that it could have been double that.
Half time: Lincoln City 0 - 3 Bury FC
Lincoln City got the second half under way, with no changes made by either manager, and immediately had the Shakers goal under pressure with Fon Williams saving well from Kerr.
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Both sides traded chances with City having the better of the possession and following a clash between Schumacher and Carayol Bury made the first substitution of the night with Sweeney replacing the injured Bury captain.
Bury Sub: Sweeney on for Schumacher 66 minutes
Steve Tilson madehis first change a couple of minutes later with Cian Hughton replacing Carayol who was injured in the clash with Schumacher and Bury replaced Andy Haworth with David Worrall.
Lincoln Sub: Hughton on for Carayol. Bury: Worrall on for Haworth 68 minutes
The subs had barely taken the field when the Shakers effectively wrapped up the three points when Ajose rammed home his second of the night and Bury's fourth when, following a neat bit of skill from Jones, he found himself with the ball at his feet, ten yards from goal and he buried it with some aplomb.
Goal: Lincoln City 0 - 4 Bury FC (Ajose 69 minutes)
The Imps bench responded by making their second change with Gavin McCallum on for Albert Jarrett
Lincoln Sub: Gavin McCallum on for Albert Jarrett (70 minutes)
They followed that moments later when former Bury triallist Drewe Broughton came on for Ben Hutchinson
Lincoln Sub: Drewe Broughton on for Ben Hutchinson (72 minutes)
As Bury continued to dominate the game and further chances were spurned, notably by Lowe and Lees the Imps crowd slowly began to drift away into the Lincolnshire night. The closest they came though was a rasping shot from Damien Mozika from fully 25 yards which went inches wide with Anyon well beaten.
Alan Knill made another change with Lenell John-Lewis on for a tiring Michael Jones
Bury Sub: Lenell John-Lewis on for Michael Jones (76 minutes)
Bury never looked in any danger of conceding in the final quarter of the game with Fon Williams only being tested once by Kerr but it was Lowe who wrapped things up in injury time when he stroked home number five for Bury, the first time, if memory serves me right, we have scored five away since Blackpool","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;" href="#">Blackpool in October 1999.
Goal: Lincoln City 0 - 5 Bury FC (Lowe 90 + 3)
It was a wonderful performance on the road by the Shakers, who have, as stated earlier, equalled a 40 year old club record by recording six away wins on the trot.Can they make it seven on the spin at Wycombe in a fortnight? It will be a tough test but on this form it's not impossible.
Final score: Lincoln City 0 - 5 Bury FC