Match Report

 

Sat 22 Oct 11

Bury got this game on the South Coast off to a blistering start by holding possession and moving the ball quickly inside the first minute,a well worked move down the right hand side saw the ball delivered to Andy Bishop with a stunning ball from Peter Sweeney.Bishop took one look and attempted to glide the ball towards an unmarked Mike Jones on the back post, but the cross when it did come was slightly over hit and flew away to safety and a home goal kick.

The resulting goal kick saw the ball eventually reach Wes Thomas on the edge of the Bury box, but the Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth striker just took too much time on the ball and eventually fired a limp shot well wide of the target

From that resultinggoal kick, Bury again passed the ball around the pitch with comparative ease.Giles Coke collected the ball in the centre circle and immediately set off at pace in an effort to repeat his efforts seen at Yeovil Town" target="_blank">Yeovil Town a few weeks ago.Crisp one two exchanges with Bishop and Jones followed before the final burst into the box brought a tough challenge and clearance from Zubar at the heart of the Cherries defence.

Again, following the Bury attack, Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth built their own attack and again the Cherries got the ball towards Wes Thomas who this time got a little more power behind a header, but with the same result as his first effort - wide of the target.

The Shakers pressed again on seven minutes and Coke, who looked to be playing with a real zest to his name, played another stunning one two with Mike Jones along the outside of the Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth box.The ball eventually fell for Jones to strike full on the volley, though as with Wes Thomas, his effort flew harmlessly wide of the target.

Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth felt hard done by on twelve minutes when a deep cross towards former Shaker Marc Pugh seemed to strike the hand of Phil Picken inside the Bury area.Referee Linington waved away any appeal from the Cherries players and their frustration allowed Mark Hughes, playing his first full game since Wycombe, to drive the ball up the field.

Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth came straight back with a good ball forward from Zubar, his long range pass feel neatly to the foot of former Accrington striker Michael Symes, who quickly touched it onto Thomas.The strikers first touch saw him fire the ball with a lot of pace, thankfully into the side netting - though in truth keeper Trevor Carson had the shot well covered.

Giles Coke almost put Bury in front of 14 minutes when a pin point cross from Peter Sweeney found the on loan Sheffield Wednesday winger in the box, but at a very acute angle.He brought the ball down at and fired powerfully at goal, forcing Darryl Flahavan to push it away for a Bury corner.

Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth themselves spurned a good chance on 22 minutes when a Stephen Purches cross from deep in the Bury corner flew across the face of goal.Marc Pugh got some sort of connection on the ball and guided it goal wards - only for Trevor Carson to somehow claw the ball away from danger.A better touch from Pugh should have put the home side in the lead.

Two minutes later and the combination of Jones, Sweeney, Bishop and Harrad brought another good stop from the Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth keeper with Mike Jones firing straight down his throat from outside the area.Bury tried something similar on 32 minutes, this time Giles Coke found Andy Bishop, his quick header fell to Mike Jones who saw his shot on target deflected outfor a corner.

Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth took the lead on 41 minutes when a Stephen Purches throw was flicked across the Bury box by Stephane Zubar.Mark Pugh on the back post managed to hook his foot around the ball and fired it into the roof of the net from a very acute angle.

Goal:AFC Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth 1 Bury 0 (Pugh 41)

No sooner had the game re-started than the home side should have doubled their lead.A Marc Pugh cross into the box found the head of Wes Thomas just inside the six yard box.With only Carson to beat, he somehow powered a strong header well wide of the target.

Bury got back into the game a minute before the break.Peter Sweeney delivered the ball onto a sixpence and found Jones in the box.His quick thinking saw the ball delivered to Giles Coke who cleverly brought it down off his chest and fired a rasping drive across the keeper and into the bottom corner from seven yards out.

Goal & Half Time:AFC Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth 1 Bury 1 (Coke 44)

The second half started slowly but suddenly burst into life on 48 minutes when a long speculative cross from Joe Skarz into the Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth box had the home keeper back peddling, the ball looped high in to the area smacked off the crossbar before Flahavan punched clear and away for a Bury throw.

Three minutes later and Bury turned the game around by taking the lead.A stunning delivery into the box from Phil Picken found Andy Bishop climbing high above his marking defenders.His good connection with the head saw the ball drop into the bottom corner of the goal to make it 2-1.

Goal:AFC Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth 1 Bury 2 (Bishop 53)

Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Bournemouth" target="_blank">Bournemouth suddenly found themselves chasing the game and the Shakers suddenly found themselves defending a lot more - though if we are being honest, with comparative ease.

Just before the hour, Thomas delivered a good ball to Purches on the edge of the box.With defenders looking to close him down quickly, Purches seemed to volley the ball into the ground - which took all pace out of his effort, and allowed Trevor Carson to simply pick the ball up as it rolled towards him.

Moments later Shane Harrad and Andy Bishop combined well with some good interchange of passes, the final ball from Harrad to Bishop looked to be heading for a right foot shot - but for a sliding challenge from Adam Barrett to smash clear.

Phil Picken collected a yellow card on 78 minutes for an acrobatic challenge on Marc Pugh, but even the introduction of the large frame of Steve Fletcher could not find a way through the Shakers back line.

Every dead ball, every cross and every long punt down the field was being directed towards Fletcher.The 39 year old struggled to make an impact following his introduction into the game - instead it was Bury's 39 year old that dominated proceedings as Efe Sodje, partnered by the impressive Mark Hughes, swept everything that came their way with ease.

The 2-1 win was confirmed after four minutes of extra time, allowing the travelling supporters to head back North with smiles knowing that a further three points were safely in the back of the team bus.

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