Bury vs Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage
by Hannah Ingram at Gigg Lane
After their weekend fixture at home to Burton Albion was called off due to the torrential rain, Bury returned to Gigg Lane to face Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage in a game rearranged from December which was frozen off.
Not playing on Saturday had seen the Shakers drop a place in the table from fourth to fifth, but aside from Rotherham getting a win, most results went Bury's way.
Tonight's visitors were Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage, who were firmly in mid-table after two consecutive 2-2 draws.
Alan Knill gave striker Andy Bishop a starting place in the team after Nicky Ajose picked up an injury in training.
GOAL! Bury took the lead with a stroke of luck on 8 minutes after a floating ball from Phil Picken found Andy Bishop at the far post; the ball seemed to bounce off his knee and find the bottom right hand corner - they all count.
Bury 1 Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage 0
Andy Haworth teed up a shot from well outside the area moments after the restart; it was a powerful drive destined for the top right hand corner, but a fabulous diving save from Chris Day kept the Shakers' lead at one.
Ryan Lowe will wonder how he didn't double Bury's lead on 12 minutes; an inch perfect pass from Bishop on the right of the box found Lowe unmarked at the penalty spot, but his effort flew over the bar.
Yellow card for Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage on 29 minutes - Luke Foster
Yellow card for Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage on 44 minutes - Scott Laird
Two minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official as Bury continued to look for their second goal. Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage had been pretty tight at the back but the Shakers were finding ways though - they just needed to find the target.
Time was soon called on a half that started well for the Shakers - an early lead and some decent passing football was boding well.
Half Time - Bury 1 Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage 0
Both sides returned to the field with no changes made.
The visitors came close to levelling things up soon after the restart, but Cameron Belford stopped a close-range shot from John Ashton on the line following a corner from Laird.
Laird took a free kick for Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage from just outside the box on 50 minutes; it was curling dangerously towards the bottom left hand corner but Belford was there to palm it away.
GOAL! Bury's lead was doubled on 61 minutes in opportunist style; a clever cross from Michael Jones was played on by Bishop and Efe Sodje cut in front of Chris Day to steal the ball and slide it past him.
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Substitution for Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage on 63 minutes - Craig Reid on for Chris Bardsley
A period of sustained pressure from the visitors saw three chances go begging in around three minutes. Laird was still causing problems for the Bury backline, seeing his effort from the left of the box cleared off the line by Tom Lees.
GOAL! Ryan Lowe made it three for Bury on 69 minutes with a header in front of goal after a neat cross from the left hand side. He got up well to make contact it placed the ball into the bottom left hand corner, just out of Day's reach.
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Substitution for Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage on 73 minutes - Peter Winn on for Mark Roberts
Substitution for Bury on 80 minutes - David Worrall on for Michael Jones
A strong run from Haworth moments after the substitution saw him take the ball to just outside the area before squaring to Lowe; his powerful drive was destined for the top corner but a stunning save from Day tipped it over the bar.
Substitution for Bury on 81 minutes - Kyle Bennett on for Andy Haworth
Substitution for Bury on 84 minutes - Lenell John-Lewis on for Andy Bishop
Yellow card for Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage on 90 minutes - Michael Bostwick
Yellow card for Bury on 90 minutes - Lenell John-Lewis
Four minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official.
Substitution for Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage on 90(+1) minutes - Joel Byrom on for John Mousinho
Luke Foster hit the side netting in the third minute of added time after bringing the ball down on the right of the box.
Time was soon called on a successful night for Bury - Alan Knill emphasised the need to win the games Bury have in hand following a December with many postponements, and tonight saw the first part of the job done. A defeat for Rotherham saw them stay fourth but with the Shakers just one point behind.
Stevenage" target="_blank">Stevenage will feel aggrieved that they didn't take something from the game as they had some chances to reduce the deficit - Bury ultimately took theirs and that was all it took to separate the two teams.
Bury travel to nearby Stockport at the weekend to face a side rooted to the foot of the league. The struggling side beat Bury at Gigg Lane back in November, but their last win was in late December, making things a lot bleaker at Edgeley Park.
Attendance - 2080 (84 visitors)