Match Report


Sat 27 Nov 10

by Hannah Ingram at Gigg Lane

Bury's midweek disposal of Lincoln City to the tune of a 5-0 win at Sincil Bank set them up nicely for their second round home tie against Peterborough.

The Posh had got through to this stage after beating Stockport County at the second time of asking and their league form had seen a win, loss and draw in their previous three matches.

Only 16 league places separated the League One side from the Shakers, but Bury were hopeful that their recent run of good form on the road would translate on home turf.

Ryan Lowe crossed the ball from the right wing on 4 minutes, looking for Nicky Ajose; the Manchester United loanee managed to bring the ball down but his shot lacked power and was saved by Joe Lewis.

GOAL! Lee Tomlin took the lead for Peterborough on 12 minutes after Craig Mackail-Smith made space on the left of the box before a the cross was laid on to Tomlin's feet, powering into the net.

Bury 0 Peterborough United 1

Yellow card for Bury on 14 minutes - Phil Picken

Tom Lees sent a searching ball forwards on 22 minutes, which Lowe picked up on the right wing before crossing to Ajose waiting at the far post; he shot at goal but saw it blocked on the line.

Mackail-Smith came close to doubling the visitors' lead but his header rattled the crossbar on 24 minutes, after meeting a corner ball at the far post.

Moments later and Bury formed a counter attack with Michael Jones tearing away from his own half with the ball before passing to Ajose on the left, whose powerful drive was wide to the left of the target.

GOAL! Mackail-Smith made it two for Peterborough on 37 minutes after Efe Sodje's header back to Owain Fon Williams was too short and he capitalised.

Bury 0 Peterborough 2

A long free kick from Fon Williams on 43 minutes found Lowe on the edge of the box, but his looping effort was over the bar.

One minute of additional time was indicated by the fourth official as Sodje headed the ball back to his keeper.

Time was soon called on a first half where Peterborough held their two goal advantage. Bury had played well but the League One side clearly had the edge.

Half Time - Bury 0 Peterborough 2

Bury came back out onto the pitch with optimism and got their reward after five second half minutes.

GOAL!Michael Jones seemed to be trying his luck from distance, but his effort was intercepted by Ryan Lowe at the far post who halved the Shakers deficit with a neat finish.

Bury 1 Peterborough 2

Grant McCann came close to grabbing a third for the visitors on 54 minutes after they were awarded a free kick just outside the box; his curling shot was tracked by Fon Williams as it went wide of the right post.

Mackail-Smith was terrorising the Bury back line again on 60 minutes; his drive from just inside the box was blocked by Fon Williams' legs and sent out of play.

Neat footwork between Ajose and Lowe kept a forward ball in Bury's possession on 67 minutes before setting up Jones one on one with the keeper, but his shot was blocked by Lewis who had paced out of his net.

Ajose forced some quick thinking from Kelvin Langmead on 68 minutes after tearing away from the Peterborough backline; he was eventually dispossessed by Langmead and the ball was sent out of play.

Substitution for Bury on 79 minutes - David Worrall on for Phil Picken

Ajose came inches from equalising for Bury on 80 minutes after Andy Haworth's shot from distance was deflected into his path as he stood in front of goal, but his shot was palmed over the bar by Lewis.

Yellow card for Bury on 82 minutes - James Wallace

Substitution for Peterborough on 83 minutes - Mark Little on for Aaron McLean

Substitution for Bury on 86 minutes - Lenell John-Lewis on for Peter Sweeney

Three minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official as Bury continued to search for an equaliser.

Substitute for Bury in added time - Danny Carlton on for Andy Haworth

Substitute for Peterborough in added time - Aaron Davies on for Grant McCann

Time was then called on a much better second half performance for Bury. They had played much better after a first half that saw them two goals behind. There was no doubt that Peterborough were a good side, but Bury were more than a match for them by the second half.

The Shakers piled forward with pressure and had enough chances to equalise, if not take the lead. The scoreline does not tell the full story, but ultimately Bury left the FA Cup at the second round stage.

They return to the business of the league next week as they welcome fellow highfliers Chesterfield","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Chesterfield to Gigg Lane - a top of the table clash that should be an entertaining encounter.

Full Time - Bury 1 Peterborough 2

Attendance - 2514 (186 visitors)

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