Match Report

 

Tue 25 Oct 11

Bury 2 Notts County" target="_blank">Notts County 2
by Hannah Ingram at Gigg Lane

Bury took the lead twice but ended the game with a point against a Notts County" target="_blank">Notts County side firmly placed in the play-offs.

An early goal for Andy Bishop set the tone for the first half, as the home side played well with confidence, but three penalties ended up deciding the outcome.

Two penalties either side of half time changed the match - a tangle in the box saw Jeff Hughes slot home from the spot, before Giles Coke regained Bury's lead in similar fashion.

The final spot kick came as a result of a Efe Sodje handball, and Hughes claimed his and County's second of the night.

GOAL! Bury had the dream start to the game, taking the lead after five minutes thanks to a brilliant finish from Andy Bishop. A precision cross from Joe Skarz on the left found Shaun Harrad who fed the ball to Michael Jones and the Scouser planted the ball for Bishop to turn and hammer home.

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Notts County" target="_blank">Notts County yellow card on 7 minutes - Hamza Bencherif

Harrad will wonder how he didn't score on 20 minutes following some great work on the left from Peter Sweeney. He beat his man and sent a curling ball straight into Harrad's path on the six-yard line, but he somehow put the ball wide.

Alan Sheeran tried his luck from distance on 25 minutes, but his shot was well wide of the target.

A long clearance from Efe Sodje on 29 minutes found Jones on the right as he paced forward, but his chipped effort from inside the box didn't fool Stuart Nelson who gathered the ball to his left.

Bury substitution on 31 minutes - Andy Bishop replaced by Lenell John-Lewis

GOAL! The visitors brought things level on 36 minutes with a penalty kick from Jeff Hughes. A tangle in the box was enough for referee Andrew Madley to blow up for a penalty and Hughes sent Trevor Carson the wrong way to bring Notts County" target="_blank">Notts County back into the game.

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Notts County" target="_blank">Notts County yellow card on 40 minutes - Jeff Hughes

Bury yellow card on 41 minutes - Giles Coke

Two minutes of added time saw Coke showing off his skills with a neat cross which was intercepted away for a corner and a low shot which was deflected into the hand of Nelson.

Bury had started so well but were now in danger of letting the visitors get back into the game.

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Jeff Hughes was inches from getting his and County's second on 49 minutes - a corner from Sheehan went straight to his feet, but he put his shot wide of the left post with Carson outstretched.

GOAL! Giles Coke claimed his third Bury goal from the spot on 54 minutes after the referee noticed a County handball in the box. The Sheffield Wednesday loanee picked up the ball and fired to the right to put Bury back in front.

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Notts County" target="_blank">Notts County substitution on 55 minutes - Alan Judge replaced by Karl Hawley

A quick cross from Jones on 59 minutes found the head of Steven Schumacher who got up well in front of goal, only to head just wide.

Notts County" target="_blank">Notts County yellow card on 68 minutes - Krystian Pearce

Double Notts County" target="_blank">Notts County substitution on 72 minutes - Hamza Bencherif replaced by Jude Sterling, Ben Burgess replaced by Sam Sodje

Carson denied Lee Hughes an equaliser on 74 with a brilliant save at the near post after the County striker made space for himself with a confident run.

Jeff Hughes was convinced his header had crossed the line moments later following another dangerous corner from the visitors, but the referee was having none of it.

Bury substitution on 78 minutes - Shaun Harrad replaced by Shane Byrne

GOAL! The visitors had their equaliser on 80 minutes with the third penalty of the night. The referee spotted a handball from Efe Sodje as he lay on the ground in the box, and Jeff Hughes stood up once more to fire home.

Notts County" target="_blank">Notts County yellow card on 80 minutes - Lee Hughes

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Bury yellow card on 83 minutes - Peter Sweeney

A nippy cross from Shane Byrne went begging on 85 minutes as it skimmed in front of the goal with nobody to bury it.

Karl Hawley tried his luck from the edge of the box on 90 (+2) minutes, but his shot was deflected just over the bar.

Bury substitution on 90 (+4) minutes - Michael Jones replaced by Andrai Jones

Four minutes of added time were eventually over in a game where Bury took the lead twice only to see their goals cancelled out by two penalties for the visitors.

It was a strong performance against the team sitting in fourth place ahead of kick-off, but Bury will feel they had done enough to take all three points.

Attendance - 2,917 (544 visitors)

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