Match Report


Sat 05 Mar 11

Bury started this game exactly where they left off on Tuesday evening, by holding the ball, playing the ball and using the possession - and by Steven Schumacher driving in a ferocious free kick from a long way out.

Following a foul on Ryan Lowe inside two minutes, the ball, around 30 yards out, brought an obvious Bury free kick.Anyone that was at the Greenhous Meadow on Tuesday evening knew exactly what Schumacher was going to do with the free kick - and did it he did - he smashed it with full force, the ball dipped and swerved.Keeper Adam Bartlett got a hand to it but was completely powerless to prevent the shot finding the back of the net

Goal: Hereford 0 Bury 1 (Schumacher 2)

Hereford United restarted the game and within two minutes had their own first chance to get back in the game.Following a foul by Efe Sodje on Stuart Fleetwood on the edge of the box, Kenny Lunt stepped up to smash the second free kick of the game, inside four minutes, against the upright and away for a Bury goal kick.

Four minutes later and Hereford came forward again.Goof work down the right hand side by Stuart Fleetwood saw him deliver a deep ball into the Bury box.With Lees and Sodje stretching to get anything on the ball, it sailed over the pair and fell to Harry Pell.His strong header went towards the bottom corner of the Bury goal, but thankfully a fully stretched Cameron Belford managed to tip the ball away for a Hereford corner.

Bury came forward again on 12 minutes with some good interchanging passes down the right hand side, eventually the ball fell to the feet of Joe Skarz, his deep curling ball into the box found the head of David Worrall, who looked a little surprised to find the ball on his forehead, but he could only divert the ball wide of the target and away for a goal kick.

Hereford skipper Michael Townshend then had a good chance for the home side with a strong header, again on target, that this time was again well held by keeper Belford from close range.Cameron Belford was keeping Bury ahead again two minutes later when Hereford produced their best move of the game thus far.Good work from Stuart Fleetwood down the right hand side produced a telling ball across the faceoff the area where Richard Rose slammed the ball at goal - only for Cameron Belford to stop the shot with an outstretched foot.

A foraging run into the corner on 24 minutes from Ryan Lowe produced a rash challenge from Janos Kovacs, the quickly taken free kick looked to have beaten the home defence, however, such was the alacrity in taking the dead ball, that most of the Bury players had failed to react and keeper Bartlett had the easiest of picks up to take the ball.

A quick passing move on the half hour from the Shakers almost opened up the Bulls defence, with Lowe, Bishop, Worrall and Mozika zipping the ball amongst them selves.The final ball fell to Kyle Bennett steaming into the box, but his placed shot on goal drifted high and wide of the target.

Stuart Fleetwood had another chance for Hereford on 33 minutes when he charged forwards with the ball, using his pace and strength to force his way through the shakers middle, he fired at goal but saw his effort again rise and loop over the bury cross bar.

Bury showed their excellent footballing skills again on 34 minutes with the ball zipping through midfield and between the two strikers.The ball zipped across the pitch twice, and back again with short sharp passing before a Ryan Lowe flick found Andy Bishop, but again, his effort drifted wide of the target.

Kyle Bennett stepped up the pressure with the first half drawing to a close, his first attempt after collecting a good pass from skipper Steven Schumacher, saw him jink into the box, only to fire across the keeper and wide of the target.His second effort though found the target, but this time brought a stunning diving save from Adam Bartlett to tip the effort away for a Bury corner.

Half Time: Hereford United 0 Bury 1

As we have seen in recent weeks, the key to Bury's success seems to be the second half performance and it took the Shakers just five minutes to re-enforce their promotion credentials.Some excellent work from Kyle Bennett, who showed real determination to ride several stern challenges before poking the ball to Ryan Lowe on the edge of the box, his quick pass found Schumacher who placed the ball into the bottom right hand corner from just inside the area.

Goal: Hereford United 0 Bury 2 (Schumacher 50)

From the restart, Hereford seemed to step up their game with Joe Heath and Waide Fairhurst combining well to take the ball forward.Their combined efforts worked well against a resolute Bury defence, only for the veteran Sodje to slip a long toe onto the ball to put it away for a corner.

A long part of the second half saw the Shakers keeping the ball, with a two goal lead, there didn't seem to be much point in letting Hereford have the ball, and the Shakers did it well.With the home side becoming more and more frustrated, it seemed inevitable that things would come to the boil and with 15 minutes of the game left, it did boil over with Waide Fairhurst and Steven Schumacher squaring up to each other, though swift action from the referee settled the game back down again.

Ryan Lowe, looking for his ninth consecutive goal, had a very quiet game by his standards.Man marked for most of the game, the country's leading scorer wasn't getting a sniff, however a good chance fell to him with ten minutes remaining.A good ball through the defence saw him charge into the box, and just as he looked to be shaping to strike the ball at goal, it took an awful bobble and Lowe ballooned the effort very high and over the makeshift seating behind the goal.

Lowe wasn't to be denied though and with five minutes of the game remaining, the inevitable happened.A Bury free kick, won after a rash challenge on Phil Picken, saw Schumacher roll the ball along the front of the Hereford box, Lowe peeled off his marker and swung his left foot at the ball, guiding it into the bottom corner to effectively kill the game off.

Goal: Hereford United 0 Bury 3 (Lowe 85)

It's been an excellent week for the Shakers, nine goals, nine points, one conceded and a new club record that shows no sign of slowing down.As Stuart Hall said right at the start of the season - Promotion Beckons - Forza Forza Bury

Final Score: Hereford United 0 Bury 3

Gate: 2,650 (332)

Bury: Cameron Belford, Phil Picken, Joe Skarz, Tom Lees, David Worrall, Steven Schumacher (c), Andy Bishop, Ryan Lowe, Efe Sodje. Kyle Bennett, Damien Mozika

Subs: Peter Sweeney, Andy Haworth, Lenell John-Lewis, Michael Jones, Ritchie Branagan, Andrai Jones, Max Harrop

Hereford United: Adam Bartlett, Ryan Green, Janos Kovacs, Michael Townsend, Richard Rose, Stuart Fleetwood, Waide Fairhurst, Kenny Lunt, Joe Colbeck, Harry Pell, Joe Heath

Subs: James McQuilkin, Nicky Featherstone, Aiden Thomas, Russell Hoult, Daniel Preston, Rob Purdie, Wesley Ngo Beheng

    Data provided by Press Association

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