Danny Mayor became the hero of the day as he snatched a late winner at The Cherry Red Records Stadium against AFC Wimbledon.
Mayor grabbed his goal in the 93rd minute to give the Shakers the lead and the three points after Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro hit the bar ten minutes earlier.
David Flitcroft made one change to the starting eleven that faced Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night with new loan signing Jake Carroll going straight into the team to replace Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. There was also a place on the bench for 17 year old Navid Nasseri who was involved with the first team for the first time.
AFC Wimbledon started the brighter of the two teams and created an opening within the first minute as Charlie Wyke put in a cross from the right but former Shakers loanee Danny Hylton couldn’t get a clean connection on the cross.
Bury’s first half chance of the game in the 14th minute when Danny Mayor skipped past two challenges and curled an effort towards the far corner which didn’t trouble Ross Worner as it landed with the home fans behind the goal.
The first half had a very slow tempo about it and neither team created many chances with the majority of the game being played in the middle of the park which led to two yellow cards, one for AFC Wimbledon’s Sammy Moore and one for Andrew Tutte.
Following Tutte’s yellow card in the 34th minute, Danny Nardiello used impressive footwork to get past Alan Bennett and then played a driven ball across the box in the hope of finding a fellow red shirt. Danny Mayor and Anton Forrester came close to connecting with the ball but it evaded each of them by a few centimetres and the Dons cleared the danger.
An off the ball incident, spotted by the linesman, five minutes before the half time whistle became the last action of the half and, after consultation between the officials, Frederic Veseli and Danny Hylton were shown a yellow card each.
Similar to the first half, AFC Wimbledon started to apply pressure to the Bury defence early on in the second half as Charlie Wyke and Danny Hylton caused problems for the back three. First Wyke flicked on to Hylton in a good position but the Rotherham loanee couldn’t bring the ball under control before Brian Jensen made a full length diving save to deny Hylton from scoring from the edge of the area.
David Flitcroft made his first change of the afternoon when he introduced Clive Platt for Anton Forrester in the 54th minute which was followed by another good save by ‘The Beast’. Wyke flicked the ball on again but this time Hylton brought in under control and got a shot away. However, Jensen was equal to it and had already made himself big in his goal to block the effort away from goal with his legs.
The second Shakers sub occurred in the 63rd minute when Danny Nardiello came off for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and the Frenchman was in action almost immediately. He skipped past two challenges and fired a powerful effort towards goals which was too hot to handle for Ross Worner, Bury’s first shot on target in the game.
The third and final Bury sub was Andrew Tutte off and Chris Sedgwick on and a minute after the sub AFC Wimbledon created what turned out to be their last chance of the game. Ross Fuller swung the ball to the back post and Hylton headed it towards goal but it didn’t trouble Brian Jensen in the Bury goal.
As the clock ticked into the final ten minutes a new lease of life seemed apparent in Bury and they went very close to scoring on numerous occasions.
Jake Carroll, on his debut, found himself free in the area but his shot was blocked and was shortly followed by good link up play between Clive Platt and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Platt nodded the ball past goalkeeper Ross Worner but deemed the angle too narrow and laid the ball back to Akpa Akpro. However the Tranmere loanee was leaning backwards as he shot and the ball ended up going over the bar.
Only a minute later, Akpa Akpro found himself in another goalscoring position after a delightful through ball by Craig Jones but was thwarted by the bar as he chipped Worner and started to reel off to celebrate.
His pace and power were a handful for the AFC Wimbledon defence from the 63rd minute when he entered the game and he was very unlucky to leave without a goal. It could have been a hat trick in three minutes on another day but, once again, Akpa Akpro was stopped by Ross Worner in the 84th minute after breaking the offside trap.
After the bar and goalkeeper denied Bury, Shakers fans might have been thinking that they were heading back to Bury with a point but Danny Mayor ensured they went back with three in the 93rd minute.
Four minutes of added time was signalled by the fourth official and it wasn’t until the third minute of added time when Bury made their move. Clive Platt flicked on a throw in to Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and he held off Alan Bennett long enough for Danny Mayor to make a run around him.
Akpa Akpro picked out the run of Mayor with a perfectly weighted pass and it was left for Mayor to hold off the challenge of Darren Jones and poke past Ross Worner to send the 381 travelling Shakers fans wild in the far corner of the Cherry Red Records Stadium.
The goal sparked wild celebrations with the players and backroom staff as well as the players streamed towards the corner where Danny Mayor was and the backroom staff joined in with the fans.
The full time whistle was blown shortly after and the three points were secured. After the game it became apparent that the win was a vital one as most of the teams around Bury in the league picked up three points as well.
David Flitcroft’s men are now unbeaten in five games and are ready to go again on Tuesday as the Shakers travel to Mansfield on Tuesday night before a trip to Cheltenham on the 1st March.
Bury: Jensen, Veseli, Mills, McNulty, Jones (C), Miller, Tutte (Sedgwick 74), Carroll, Mayor, Forrester (Platt 54), Nardiello (Akpa Akpro 63)
Subs not used; Charles-Cook, Hinds, Procter, Nasseri
Attendance: 3,740 (381 Bury fans)