Bury crashed out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area quarter final on penalties against their Lancashire rivals, Preston North End
, after a thrilling encounter.
Preston took the lead three times on 25, 68 and 88 minutes in a dramatic match, but Bury answered back with three goals of their own, including a stunner for skipper Steven Schumacher
as the clock ran down.
The game was decided by penalties, with every player converting to make it 4-4, before Gree Wylde saw his fifth penalty saved by Thorsten Stuckman, before Graham Cummins made it a win for Preston.
A gorgeous cross into the box from Steven Schumacher
on 17 minutes looked dangerous, but it swirled in front of Gregg Wylde, Tom Hopper and Efe Sodje
, eluding all three of them.
GOAL! The away side took the lead on 25 minutes with a free kick routine straight from the training ground. As players gathered at the far post, nobody spotted Jack King just outside the box, who met a corner from Joel Byrom as he paced into the box,
burying it with power.
Preston yellow card on 35 minutes – Jack King
Bury were inches from claiming a goal of their own on 43 minutes – a nippy cross from Wylde found the head of Hopper in front of goal, before the loose ball fell to Schumacher, but he could only fire straight at Thorsten Stuckman.
Preston substitution on 45 minutes – Lee Holmes on for Jeffrey Monakana
Byrom tried his luck from distance on 45 minutes, forcing a diving save from Trevor Carson
Three minutes of added time were indicated as Doherty sent in a low cross to the feet of Schumacher in front of goal, before his snap shot stroked the wrong side of the post.
Preston yellow card on 55 minutes – Shane Candsell-Sherriff
Stuart Beavon looked close to extending Preston’s lead on 56 minutes with a shot from distance, but it sailed just over the bar.
GOAL! After a tasty few minutes which saw the away side attempting to run down the clock, Bury struck back just after the hour. A curling free kick from Schumacher found the head of Joe Skarz
, who dinked the ball over the top of Stuckman.
Preston yellow card on 64 minutes – Andy Proctor
Graham Cummins looked close to extending Preston’s lead on 67 minutes with a low header from a Lee Holmes cross, but Carson denied him.
GOAL! The away side re-took the lead moments later, with another well worked free kick. Dinked over the top, it was punched clear by Carson, but only as far as Andy Proctor, who finished from a tight angle.
Double Bury substitution on 74 minutes – Lenell John-Lewis
on for Tom Hopper, Troy Hewitt on for David Healy
The Shakers were caught napping at the back on 79 minutes as they let Cummins run on into space – he brought the ball down to shoot from an unmarked position, but Carson pulled another spectacular save out of the bag to keep it at 2-1.
GOAL! Bury brought the game level for the second time on 84 minutes, with a goal for Doherty at the near post – what looked like a low cross was turned into the net for the Shakers.
Preston red card on 86 minutes – Shane Candsell-Sherriff (second bookable offence)
Preston substitution on 88 minutes – David Amoo on for Lee Holmes
GOAL! Preston took the lead for the third time on 88 minutes with a goalkeeping disaster for Carson – a looping cross bobbled out of his hands from Beavon and trickled over the line, despite Efe Sodje
’s best efforts to keep it out.
Bury substitution on 90 minutes – Craig Jones on for David Worrall
GOAL! But Bury weren’t giving up and brought the game level yet again on 90 (+2) minutes with a standout effort from a Schumacher free kick. The Shakers skipper stood up and powered the ball past Stuckman to take the game to penalties.
Attendance – 2,023 (783 visitors)