Macclesfield Town vs Bury
by Hannah Ingram at the Moss Rose
A much-needed win on Friday night at home to Shrewsbury lifted Bury back into the play-off places after failing to register a win since their impressive away performance at Lincoln in November.
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Bury last faced Macclesfield on New Year's Day at Gigg Lane, in a match that saw the Shakers out-muscled for a lot of the game - tonight would not be an easy game.
The game started with Macclesfield looking promising and threatening the Bury box, but it was the Shakers who went ahead on eight minutes.
GOAL!Michael Jones took the ball on the edge of the area, and, after picking his spot, curled a right-footed shot into the bottom right hand corner, leaving Jose Veiga out-stretched.
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Substitution for Macclesfield on 9 minutes - Tony Diagne on for Paul Morgan
An early goal seemed to spur on the away side, but there hadn't been another concrete attack for either side by 24 minutes.
A free kick was awarded to Bury moments later after Damien Mozika was upended; taken short by Steven Schumacher to Jones, he tried his luck from distance only to see the ball go high and wide.
Tyrone Barnett sent a curling shot towards goal on 28 minutes, but it curled the wrong way with the outside of his boot, sending it out for a goal kick.
Ross Draper tried taking the ball down the left of the box moments later, before seeing Cameron Belford stride out of his net to claim the ball from his feet.
GOAL! Bury doubled their lead on 34 minutes after Ryan Lowe was fed the ball on the edge of the box from Nicky Ajose on the left; he teed up a curling shot, but it took a cruel deflection off Nat Brown in the box and beat Veiga in the Macclesfield goal.
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GOAL! Bury made it three moments later after Lowe picked up possession in his own half after a Macclesfield attack, set up Ajose who paced forward and rounded Veiga after he ran out of his net, before calmly finishing past the last defender.
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GOAL! Bury couldn't keep a clean sheet, and Draper claimed a goal back for the home side moments after the restart. An impressive run through the Bury defence saw him beat the last man and the goalkeeper, shooting from the left of the box.
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GOAL! The first half then became a flurry of goals, with Macclesfield getting their second moments after their first thanks to a goalkeeper error from Belford. Barnett got up to challenge Belford as he jumped to claim the ball but missed, leaving the goal open for Macclesfield to close the gap even further.
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Four minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official as Bury were awarded a corner.
Time was eventually called on a first half that, aside from Bury's first goal, was largely uneventful until the final ten minutes of normal time. Bury streaked to a 3-0 lead with two goals in quick succession, but Macclesfield hit back with two of their own.
A combination of leaking defences and good attacking play had seen five goals in the first half, so it looked set to be an interesting second period.
Half Time - Macclesfield 2 Bury 3
Both sides returned to the field with no changes made.
Bury wasted no time, and soon after the restart, Michael Jones was pacing down the left hand side before sending a low cross to the back post and the feet of Ryan Lowe; he blasted his shot across the face of goal but it was met by the feet of Veiga and was cleared for a corner.
Substitution for Macclesfield on 61 minutes - Ricky Sappleton on for Vinny Mukendi
A double save from Belford on 63 minutes kept Bury's lead, swatting down two dangerous chances in quick succession before claiming the ball.
Draper paced down the left of the box on 66 minutes but his low cross was collected by Belford at the near post.
Ricky Sappleton could have brought things level on 71 minutes after a poor header from Phil Picken didn't make it back to Belford, and Sappleton capitalised. His shot along the ground after rounding Belford looked destined for the back of the net, but Damien Mozika paced back to clear it from the line, saving Bury's blushes.
Substitution for Bury on 73 minutes - David Worrall on for Andy Haworth
Substitution for Macclesfield on 77 minutes - Matthew Hamshaw on for Lewis Chalmers
Ryan Lowe will wonder how he didn't score Bury's fourth on 79 minutes; he had laid the ball off to Ajose outside the box before picking up the rebound from Ajose's shot, but unlike his goal against Shrewsbury on Friday, he couldn't hit the back of the net, putting it wide of the post instead.
Substitution for Bury on 83 minutes - Andy Bishop on for Nicky Ajose
GOAL! Bury left it until the 86th minute to claim their fourth goal after numerous counter attacks came to nothing. Substitute Andy Bishop laid off the ball into the path of Lowe as he paced forward, flanked either side by Macclesfield defenders, before bringing the ball down to slide it past Veiga, chalking up his second and Bury's fourth.
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Three minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official, and Macclesfield were not giving up. They had thrown everything at Bury since falling 3-0 down and were searching deep within themselves for their last bit of energy.
Substitution for Bury in added time - Kyle Bennett on for Michael Jones
Time was soon called on a very interesting game for both sides. After Bury had taken an early lead, there was a period of the first half without much action. It was only in the 34th minute that the game came to life, with four goals in around six minutes - two for each side.
Bury took their 3-2 lead into the break, but Macclesfield built on their two quick goals and continued to pile the pressure on Bury, waiting for them to make a mistake. Bury ultimately stayed resilient, and they have Belford to thank for keeping their lead when it mattered, making two vital saves within seconds of each other.
It was Bury's counter attacks which were the main threat in the second half as Macclesfield were constantly in their half. The Shakers got their reward with minutes left on the clock, when Ryan Lowe made sure of the win.
Credit must go to Macclesfield and their persistence which paid off after falling 3-0 down, and they had many chances to the game back on to level terms.
Full Time - Macclesfield 2 Bury 4
Attendance - 1267
Bury: Cameron Belford, Phil Picken, Joe Skarz, Tom Lees, Steven Schumacher (c), Andy Haworth, Michael Jones, Ryan Lowe, Efe Sodje, Damien Mozika, Nicky Ajose
Subs: Ben Futcher, Peter Sweeney, David Worrall, Andy Bishop, Lenell John-Lewis, Kyle Bennett, Richie Branagan
Macclesfield Town:Jose Veiga, Izak Reid, Nat Brown, Paul Morgan (c), Lewis Chalmers, Ross Draper, Colin Daniel, Paul Bolland, Dan Gray, Tyrone Barnett, Vinny Mukendi
Subs:Jack Cudworth, Toiny Diagne, Hamza Bencherif, Emile Sinclair, Ricky Sappleton, Matthew xHamshaw, Matthew Lowe