Bury went another game without a league win after losing at home to their Lancashire rivals, Preston North End.
The Shakers had plenty of possession to speak of, but lacked the killer instinct in front of goal, with Mark Cullen and Lenell John-Lewis both missing the target.
Akpo Sodje and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff both netted for the visitors, resigning Bury to second-bottom spot in League One.
The visitors shocked the home side with an early chance for Keith Keane after 2 minutes. Shooting from the right of the box, he forced Trevor Carson to tip the ball over the bar.
Preston yellow card on 3 minutes – Keith Keane
Bury then had two chances in two minutes, as Mark Cullen paced forward one on one with Thorsten Stuckmann but saw the Preston keeper block him once he got into the box. A cross from the right then found Cullen’s head in front of goal, but his effort was saved by Stuckmann once more.
A shot from Peter Sweeney on 17 minutes proceeded to ping its way from the feet of Cansdell-Sherriff, to give the home side a corner.
GOAL! A dangerous corner from Scott Laird found Akpo Sodje at the far post and he made no mistake with his head to put the ball past Carson.
Bury 0 Preston 1
Lenell John-Lewis made space for himself in front of goal on 38 minutes following a cross from Joe Skarz on the left, but his header didn’t threaten Stuckmann. A free kick from Sweeney moments later found Adam Lockwood at the far post, but his headed effort bounced wide.
Half time – Bury 0 Preston 1
Preston substitution at half time – Joel Byrom on for Keith Keane
Bury substitution on 52 minutes - Shane Byrne on for Mark Carrington
David Worrall worked hard on the left on 54 minutes, whipping a cross into the box, but it landed in the capable hands of Stuckmann.
Bury yellow card on 54 minutes – Joe Skarz
Preston substitution on 57 minutes – David Amoo on for Jeffrey Monakana
Bury substitution on 64 minutes – Craig Jones on for Mark Cullen
GOAL! Preston extended their lead on 67 minutes after a dangerous corner from the right pinged around the box before Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.
Bury 0 Preston 2
Bury substitution on 71 minutes - Andrai Jones on for Phil Picken
Andrai Jones made an instant impact after joining the field, making an important tackle on Stuart Beavon as he streaked forward one on one with Carson. Jones intercepted the ball from the side, taking it away from danger.
Bury yellow card on 73 minutes – Peter Sweeney
Preston substitution on 74 minutes – Chris Beardsley on for Akpo Sodje
Five minutes of added time were indicated by the fourth official after a second full of stops and starts.
Preston yellow card on 90 minutes – Joel Byrom
GOAL! Joe Skarz claimed a consolation for the Shakers in added time, finishing with his head at the far post following a corner from the right.
Bury 1 Preston 2
Full time – Bury 1 Preston 2
Attendance - 5,213 (2,706 visitors)
Bury: Trevor Carson, Phil Picken, Joe Skarz, Adam Lockwood, Peter Sweeney, David Worrall, Steven Schumacher (c), Lenell John-Lewis, Mark Carrington, Mark Hughes, Mark Cullen,
Substitutes: Shane Byrne, Craig Jones, Marcus Marshall, Lateef Elford-Alliyu, Efetobore Sodje, Christian Dibble, Andrai Jones
Preston North End: Thorsten Stuckmann, Keith Keane, Scott Laird, Paul Huntington, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Nicky Wroe, Akpo Sodje, Jeffrey Monakana, John Welsh, Bailey Wright, Stuart Beavon
Substitutes: David Amoo, Joel Byrom, David Buchanan, Chris Breadsley, Jack King, Steve Simonsen, Will Hayhurst
Referee: Mr Darren Drysdale
Assistant Ref: Mr. R Merchant
Assistant Ref: Mr. G Hart
Fourth Official: Mr. P Gooch