Northampton Town vs Bury
by Hannah Ingram at Sixfields
Bury's triumphant win at home to Oxford last weekend set them up well to face a relegation-threatened Northampton side without a win in fourteen league games; their last victory was a 6-2 drumming of Crewe at home on February 1.
The Shakers continued as they had last week, with Richie Barker keeping an unchanged side. Accrington picked up a point last night which left them hot on Bury's heels in fifth, so the Shakers needed to reopen the points gap for some breathing space.
Northampton were sitting 21st in the table but by no means safe. It was a game of top versus bottom and would be a case of who was hungrier for the points.
A cheeky forward ball from David Worrall on 5 minutes found Nicky Ajose on the left hand side; he took the ball deep before shooting from the left of the goal but watched the ball skim across the face of the goal.
Substitution for Northampton on 7 minutes - Steve Collis on for Chris Dunn
Liam Davis wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead on 9 minutes after a deflected ball fell into his path on the edge of the box; he was unmarked but blasted over the bar.
A through ball from Worrall found the feet of Ryan Lowe on the right of the box on 18 minutes, but Bury's top scorer fired well over the bar.
GOAL! Bury took the lead on 24 minutes after Josh Walker lost the ball in midfield and Ajose pounced; he passed to Worrall but his shot was deflected and fell into the path of Ryan Lowe who made no mistake in front of goal.
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GOAL! Ajose was played on with a looping ball forward by Worrall on 28 minutes and he paced forward before shooting from just inside the box to double the Shakers' lead.
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Another dangerous forward ball to Ajose on 37 minutes saw him take the ball to the left of the box before crossing to Worrall on the opposite side, but the ball was gathered by Collis.
Liam Davis blasted over the bar on 41 minutes after a free kick was cleared by the Bury back line.
GOAL! Damien Mozika got his name on the score sheet on 42 minutes; he shot from just inside the box but saw the ball blocked, but the ball fell back to his feet and he found the back of the net at the second time of asking, albeit with a wicked deflection on the way.
Northampton 0 Bury 3
John Johnson headed well wide just before half time following a free kick from the left of the box.
Four minutes of added time were indicated by the fourth official to account for the time Chris Dunn spent on the deck after his early clash with Mozika which saw him stretchered off.
Time was eventually called on a very impressive first half performance from Bury; they had caused the Cobblers' back line problems for most of the half and had taken their chances to form a convincing half time lead.
The home side had taken the ball forward but lacked that finishing touch, plus the Bury defence seemed more than up for the task in hand.
Bury would need to decide over the half time break whether to keep on attacking to kill the game even further or to protect their lead.
Half Time - Northampton 0 Bury 3
Double substitution for Northampton at half time - Dean Beckwith on for John Johnson, Michael Jacobs on for Josh Walker
Jamie Reckford sent a convincing cross into the box on 52 minutes but Cameron Belford collected the ball at the near post.
Guillem Bauza tried to lob Belford on 55 minutes from the left of the box but put the ball over the bar.
GOAL! Ajose claimed his second of the afternoon on 58 minutes after a forward ball bounced over the heads of the Northampton back line and into the path of Ajose who made no mistake from the right of the box.
Northampton 0 Bury 4
GOAL! Northampton pulled one back on 59 minutes courtesy of Shaun Harrad who kept his composure on the right of the box to fire a low shot goal-bound.
Northampton 1 Bury 4
Harrad could've bagged a second on 62 minutes from the same place as his first, but a diving save from Belford saw the ball out for a corner.
Substitution for Bury on 65 minutes - Kyle Bennett on for David Worrall
Lowe did all the hard work by chasing down a forward ball on 75 minutes but then blasted the ball high and wide of the net.
Substitution for Bury on 76 minutes - Lenell John-Lewis on for Nicky Ajose
Lenell John-Lewis was effectively played onside by Northampton on 78 minutes; he tried a shot from the right of the box but hit the side netting.
Davis tried his luck from distance on 86 minutes with a screamer from well outside the box which Belford tipped over the bar.
Two minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official.
GOAL! Harrad got his second of the afternoon on 90 (+1) minutes when Efe Sodje and Tom Lees were caught out by a long ball which Harrad connected with and lobbed Belford from the right of the box. The Bury keeper shouted at the men in front of him who should have had that under control.
Northampton 2 Bury 4
Yellow card for Northampton on 90 (+2) minutes - Abdul Osman
Substitution for Bury on 90 (+2) minutes - Andrai Jones on for Efe Sodje
Time was soon called on an important win for Bury; Northampton were poor in defence but Bury capitalised. Northampton clawed two goals back but it wasn't enough to overpower the impressive first half performance from the Shakers.
Bury had the bit between their teeth and there was no doubt that they came for the win. Three points pushed Bury into the automatic promotion places in third, thanks to a Shrewsbury defeat at the hands of Aldershot.
Bury play their game in hand on Tuesday night at home to Burton Albion - a win is vital if they're going to keep on pushing their way out of League Two. Burton lost today at Morecambe","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Morecambe and will be panicking after a win for Barnet makes them level on points - Burton now sit just above the drop zone with Barnet hot on their heels.
Full Time - Northampton 2 Bury 4
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