Individual mistakes continue to dominate Shakers performances after a gutsy performance at high flying Hartlepool United" target="_blank">Hartlepool United brought home nil points and another three goals against, though in essence, this was a much improved performance with David Worrall and Michael Jones both finding plenty of room and providing quality passes into the box. The Shakers desperately need that cutting edge back.
The game was barely a minute old before the home side showed their intent with a stern movement forward. A quick cross into the box from Anthony Sweeney saw keeper Carson diving at the feet of Adam Boyd to push the early chance out for a corner. Four minutes later and Bury won a free kick in a good position following a challenge on Andy Bishop. The delivery from Giles Coke though flew straight and true into the arms of keeper Scott Flinders.
Bury's first move forward came on six minutes when Shaun Harrad and Michael Jones combined well down the flank, a quick ball into the middle saw the ball pushed back to Harrad, he quickly delivered a stunning diagonal ball that fell for David Worrall on the corner of the Pools box. With only one thought running through his mind, his first touch and shot at goal saw former Shaker Sam Collins throw his box at the ball to block the effort.
A tenth minute mistake by Hartlepool's Paul Murray on the edge of the Bury box, saw Ashley Eastham quickly knock the ball to the feet of David Worrall and he quickly set off on a full pitch length run, knocking the ball around and through three defenders in the process, but he was to eventually run out of room after his final touch pushed the ball too far forward, allowing Collins to shepherd the ball harmlessly out of play.
Another diagonal ball, this time from Ashley Eastham on 20 minutes saw the ball dropping around ten yards in front of David Worrall, but into the box. Worrall began the chase with the keeper and the pools stopper got there just a faction of a second before the Bury winger.
A Nobby Solano free kick three minutes later saw Andrai Jones head clear, but his clearance fell to Murray who quickly fired a crisp shot back at goal, though thankfully straight at keeper Trevor Carson. From Carson's clearance, the ball fell to David Worrall out wide. he showed a pair of quick feet to glide the ball to Shaun Harrad on the edge of the box, but this time the effort flew straight at Flinders, allowing the keeper to hold.
Hartlepool took the lead on 33 minutes when a quick ball played forward brought a clever flick from Colin Nish, the ball fell nicely for Solano, who still had work to do, but he cleverly took the ball along the edge of the box before cutting inside to toe poke the ball underneath a diving Trevor Carson. It was a cruel blow after an opening battling spell from Bury.
Goal: Hartlepool United" target="_blank">Hartlepool United 1 Bury 0 (Solano 33)
Thankfully another Hartlepool goal was ruled out a minute later when Anthony Sweeney tapped home from close range, the cross from Solano caused problems for the Bury defence. Pace and delivery from a quality player caused the problems, though thankfully the flag waver has seen Sweeney in the offside position.
With half time looming, the Shakers' set about the wings again with the ball quickly switched form left to right via Peter Sweeney. David Worrall delivered a good ball into the box and this time Shaun Harrad did connect, only to see his flashed header fly high over the cross bar.
Half time: Hartlepool United" target="_blank">Hartlepool United 1 Bury 0
The second half started with Bury looking to get back into the game. Giles Coke and Mike Jones combined well down the right hand side, a crisp one-two saw the ball moved back to Mike Jones but the quality if the cross this time fell short and the ball drifted out of play.
Moments later Mike Jones produced a better chance, this time drifting across the face of the area, before he shot at goal, though this time his effort lacked any pace and allowed Flinders an easy save. Bury were producing good football, good passing but the age old problem of no end product was beginning to show.
To make matters worse. Bury fell further behind on 50 minutes when striker Colin Nish latched onto a mistake from Andrai Jones. The Shakers' youngster, making his full league debut for Bury, initially looked to have dealt with the ball, but it somehow came stuck between his legs, he fell over allowing Nish to rifle the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
Goal: Hartlepool United" target="_blank">Hartlepool United 2 Bury 0 (Nish 50)
Bury tried in vain to get back into the game from the re-start. A cross field run from David Worrall saw a quick interchange of passes between Coke, Sweeney and Worrall, before he delivered a good ball into the box for Andy Bishop. The hakers striker rose above Collins, got a good connection, but flashed his header over the bar and into the 163 travelling Shakers fans.
A 55th minute Hartlepool corner saw the Shakers' hold firm at the back and quickly countered with a fast flowing move forward. With the ball at the feet of Mike Jones, it was Peter Sweeney that showed the pace to get into the box first. Jones' ball to feet found the former Millwall","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Millwall man, but his decision to cut the ball across the box for Giles Coke was perhaps the wrong one when a shot on goal seemed to have been the easier option. The ball was pushed away from Coke and back up the field away from danger
Just after the hour, another good delivery from Mike Jones found Shaun Harrad just inside the box, his quick turn and shot again lacked any conviction or pace and keeper Flinders made a fairly easy save. Ten minutes later and David Worrall was off on another good run, this time his clever cross clipped the head of Collins and was pushed out for a corner. Sweeney's corner though, although excellent in both direction and pace fell superbly into the middle of the area - completely away from any black shirts with nobody attacking the loose ball. Scott Flinders simply collected the ball before launching it down the field.
On 74 minutes, the game was all but over. Andrai Jones dallied on the ball just a second too long, allowing Nish to rob him of the ball, take three strides forward and placed a well struck shot into the corner of the goal
Goal: Hartlepool United" target="_blank">Hartlepool United 3 Bury 0 (Nish 74)
A Bury corner two minutes later again brought another excellent delivery from Sweeney, though this time it was attacked by Joey Skarz, but again the chance flew wide of the target.
Lenny John-Lewis collected the ball on 85 minutes and following a quick turn and shot, brought another easy save from Flinders as again, the effort lacked pace and aggression. Moments later and just before the final whistle, another delivery into the box from Sweeney saw Andrai JOnes flash a header just inches over the bar.
Aggression and a cutting edge - both missing from the Shakers game, but the run continues.
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