Match Report


Sat 26 Feb 11

Bury vs Crewe Alexandra
by Hannah Ingram at Gigg Lane

A well-earned point at Gillingham","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Gillingham last weekend saw the Shakers stay in contention for a play off place, just in time to welcome Crewe to Gigg Lane.

The Railwaymen were sitting in 11th place at the start of play, looking up at the play offs, after a run of poor results following their home win against Bradford at the end of January.

Shakers boss Alan Knill kept the same team from last weekend, welcoming Andy Bishop back onto the bench after recovering from a virus. Crewe had racked up four defeats in February, with their only point coming from a 1-1 draw with Gillingham","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Gillingham.

Bury's first notable chance arrived on 8 minutes, when a deep cross from David Worrall on the left met the head of Lenell John-Lewis at the far post, and he forced Rhys Taylor to tip the ball over the bar.

Clayton Donaldson tested Cameron Belford moments later, also at the far post, but he headed the ball down into Belford's hands.

Michael Jones tried his luck from distance on 27 minutes, but his shot bounced well wide of the left post.

GOAL! Shaun Miller took the lead for Crewe against the run of play on 41 minutes. A Crewe counter attack saw Efe Sodje left with two men to mark as Phil Picken tracked back. Miller shrugged off the defence and calmly slotted the ball past Belford.

Bury 0 Crewe 1

Byron Moore tried another counter attack for the visitors just before the break, and ended up winning a corner after Damien Mozika turned his cross away from the box.

Time was soon called on a mostly uneventful second half which Bury will be disappointed to be trailing in. A quick counter attack from Crewe was the difference between the two sides, but Bury needed something from the game to stay in and around the play offs.

Half Time - Bury 0 Crewe 1

Substitution for Bury at half time - Andy Haworth on for Michael Jones

Steven Schumacher shot from well outside the area on 46 minutes after a shot from Haworth had been blocked, but the ball sailed high and wide of the goal.

Moore broke free of Picken and Sodje on 53 minutes as they flanked him on either side and forced a good save from Belford to keep the visitors' lead at just one.

Double substitution for Bury on 60 minutes - Kyle Bennett on for Phil Picken, Andy Bishop on for Lenell John-Lewis

Substitution for Crewe on 61 minutes - Nick Powell on for Byron Moore

GOAL! Bury brought things level on 64 minutes with a sweet shot from Kyle Bennett on the right of the box which took a cruel deflection on its way into the back of the net.

Bury 1 Crewe 1

Since the substitutions, Bury were looking much brighter as a team and were piling forward with every attack.

GOAL! The substitutions paid dividends again as Bury took the lead. Bennett got his and Bury's second on 69 minutes after Bishop squared the ball to him from the left hand side. Bennett took the ball to his feet and turned to shoot, finishing in style with his right foot, leaving Taylor well beaten.

Bury 2 Crewe 1

GOAL! Bury had completely turned the game on its head by 75 minutes with a goal similar to Bennett's second, with Ryan Lowe equalling the club record for scoring in seven consecutive games. Lowe turned and shot from the edge of the box, leaving Taylor outstretched.

Bury 3 Crewe 1

Double substitution for Crewe on 80 minutes - Danny Shelley on for Ajay Leitch-Smith, Antoni Sarcevic on for Clayton Donaldson

Danny Shelley could have got one back to the visitors on 84 minutes but his shot from the left of the box was saved by Belford at the near post as he got down well to block.

Yellow card for Bury on 87 minutes - Efe Sodje

Four additional minutes were indicated by the fourth official as Bishop met a deep corner at the far post with his head, but saw Taylor gather the ball from close range.

Matt Tootle came close to scoring a late consolation in the final minute of added time, but yet again Belford came out to block and saved well.

Time was soon called on a fantastic second half for Bury. Their heads didn't dip after going behind and the substitutions were inspired as they completed an impressive turnaround.

Bishop and Bennett worked hard to get the ball down with Andy Haworth, giving Bury the important win they needed after two consecutive 1-1 draws.

Bury face play off contenders Shrewsbury Town" target="_blank">Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night, hoping to keep the good run going. Ryan Lowe left the field to rapturous applause after equalling the club record of scoring in seven consecutive games.

Full Time - Bury 3 Crewe 1

Attendance - 3308 (370 visitors)

Bury FC:Cameron Belford, Phil Picken, Joe Skarz, Tom Lees, David Worrall, Steven Schumacher (c), Lenell John-Lewis, Michael Jones, Ryan Lowe, Efe Sodje, Damien Mozika

Substitutes:Peter Sweeney, Andy Bishop, Andy Haworth, Kyle Bennett, Richie Branagan,Andrai Jones, Max Harrop

Crewe Alexandra FC:Rhys Taylor, Matt Tootle, Danny Blanchett, Ashley Westwood, Dave Artell, Patrick Ada, Clayton Donaldson, Shaun Miller, Lee Bell (c), Byron Moore, Ajay Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:Steve Phillips, Luke Murphy, Joe Grant, Danny Shelley, Antoni Sarcevic, Adam Dugdale, Nick Powella

Referee:Mr. Mark Haywood

Assistant (Red & Yellow Flag):Mr. T Harrington

Assistant (Yellow Flag):Mr. D A McCallum

Fourth Official:Mr. S A Oldham

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