Over the years, cup games under the Gigg Lane lights have the tendency to thrill and impress – and Tuesday nights encounter with Crewe Alexandra was another to add to the long list.
Bury were looking for bouncebackability after last Saturdays 2-0 defeat to league 2 rivals Chesterfield, and Kevin Blackwell had made it clear that he was hopeful for a cup run this season. In search of that moulded team, the gaffer kept with the same starting eleven from the weekend, with the only change being on the bench – Aiden Chippendale replaced John Mayor.
Bury couldn't have had a worse start to the game, a good ball played to Ajay Leitch-Smith on the flank. He played a quick one-two with Clayton before delivering the ball to Chucks Aneke on the penalty spot. The on-loan Arsenal striker was un-marked as he rifled a stern shot into the roof of the net for a fourth minute lead.
GOAL Bury 0 Crewe Alexandra 1 (Aneke 5)
Bury attempted to get straight back into the game, and within two minutes of going behind, Euan Holden won the ball just outside the Crewe area, he played a perfect one-two with Ashley grimes before smashing the ball towards goal. It looked a certain goal as his effort arrowed towards the top corner, but Crewe keeper Alan Martin managed to get a in an acrobatic flying save to push the ball away from his goal.
Bury continued to apply pressure with some good crisp passing football. On 16 minutes Rob Lainton drove a long ball forward from his own goal, the ball flew to Ashley grimes who managed to head the ball down to the feet of Holden. His shot on goal though didn’t match the build-up play and his effort flew well wide of the target.
Bury did get back into the game on 20 minutes, a trademark long throw from Euan Holden, dubbed ‘the Holden Heave’ by our commentary team, looped into the Crewe six yard box but was half cleared via the head of Matt Tootle, unfortunately for the Crewe right back, the ball fell to Shaun Beeley some 25 yards out. The on-loan Fleetwood defender smashed the ball on the full volley and began his celebration before the ball zipped into the back of the Crewe goal.
GOAL Bury 1 Crewe Alexandra 1 (Beeley 20)
The goal saw the Shakers visibly lift their game and all the possession started to fall Bury’s way. Bury free kick moments later saw Jones & Soares combine well with a well worked routine. Jones tapped the ball to Soares, who quickly took one touch before curled the ball towards the opposite top corner. Keeper Martin saw the effort late but managed to get a palm to the ball to push over the cross bar.
Minutes later, the Shakers were in front, Tom Soares floated the ball over the Crewe defence where Richard Hinds had remained up the field from a previous corner. As he attempted to bring the ball down, a challenge from Anthony Grant on Hinds brought the linesman’s flag across his chest – signalling a penalty. Referee Brown agreed with his assistant and awarded the Shakers their first penalty of the season, which Shaun Harrad smashed straight down the middle with some power behind his effort. Grant had received a yellow card for his efforts.
Goal: Bury 2 Crewe Alexandra 1 (Shaun Harrad Penalty 29)
Bury had another chance to increase their lead when another Holden heave broughta good flick on from the impressive Andy Procter, the ball fell at the feet of Craig Jones, but he could only flash his shot wide of the target just before the officials brought the first half to an end with the Shakers fimly dominant.
Half Time: Bury 2 Crewe Alexandra 1
Bury started the second half in exactly the same manner as they had finished the first half, by pressing the visitors back towards their own area. Craig Jones was set free into the corner by an exquisite Euan Holden pass, Jones sprinted after the ball and delivered a stunning cross into the area, Tom Soares headed on to find a charging Richard Hinds who gleefully smashed the ball home from close range.
GOAL Bury 3-Crewe Alexandra 1 (Hinds 49)
With Bury on top, the game went through a slow spell with Crewe having possession but without working the Shakers defence. Keeper Rob Lainton looked a virtual spectator for large spells.
The visitors did break through though on 70 minutes and it was Keeper Lainton who handed the visitors a chance back into the game. A good jinking run from Colcough into the Bury box, saw Lainton charge of his line to attempt to clear the ball, but he caught man before ball with the obvious result being the penalty. The only doubt is what colour of card he would receive for his sins, though referee Mark Brown deemed it only fit for a yellow card.
Harry Davis, who had scored from the spot on Saturday against Rotherham, got his second of the season by sending Lainton the wrong way, and slotted the ball home into the bottom right hand corner.
Goal: Bury 3 Crewe Alexandra 2 (David Penalty 75)
By now, the visitors were chasing an equaliser and began to pile men forward looking to take the game into extra time, though their efforts proved to be in vain, indeed if anyone was to get another goal, it looked like the Shakers had more of a hunger to find the back of the net
Eventually, and with the Shakers defence looking strong and comfortable, referee Brown brought a thoroughly entertaining game to a close. Shakers progress to the second round draw on Thursday, whilst Crewe manager was left angry as he faced the travelling members of the Crewe press.
Full time: Bury 3 Crewe Alexandra 2