Bury made it six league games unbeaten with a dominating performance against Carlisle United at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon.
Second half goals from Danny Rose, Craig Jones and Ryan Lowe sealed the three points for the Shakers but it could have been a lot more.
David Flitcroft made two changes to the team that faced Wycombe with the previously suspended Jim McNulty returning to replace Chris Hussey whilst Ryan Lowe swapped places with Nicky Adams and was on the bench.
The Shakers started on the front foot and created a chance within four minutes as Danny Mayor picked out Craig Jones at the back post but the Welshman couldn’t direct his effort goalwards from ten yards out.
Bury continued with the early pressure and on eleven minutes Jones found himself free of the defence after being released by Kelvin Etuhu but his half volley was high over the bar.
The right back could have had a hat trick by halftime and came close twice again before the interval. First, Nicky Adams skipped past the challenge of Kyle Dempsey with ease but his shot was parried by Mark Gillespie into the path of Jones, who tried to direct it goalwards but ended up firing his effort wide of the goal.
The former TNS man then had an effort cleared almost on the line after nipping in front of Gillespie and getting a shot away on the turn ensuring that Bury dominated the first half with Carlisle creating no chances at all whilst Rob Lainton was yet to touch the ball with his hands.
Similar to the first half, the away side started on the front foot and were ahead inside three minutes of the second half. Nicky Adams looped a cross into the box and Danny Rose out jumped Mark Gillespie to head the Shakers into the lead.
Carlisle thought they had an equaliser two minutes after the goal but Kyle Dempsey was ruled offside after he headed in Danny Grainger’s free kick at the back post. Bury soon made the most of the let off by adding a second nine minutes later and it was perhaps the goal of the game.
A fast flowing move, starting in their own half, saw substitute Ryan Lowe feed the ball to Nicky Adams and he was able to pick out Craig Jones with a delightful reverse pass to leave him one-on-one with Gillespie in the Carlisle goal. Jones took one touch to set himself before smashing the ball into the back of the net to double the advantage.
Lowe could have had a goal himself in the 63rd minute but he headed into the side netting from Nicky Adams’ free kick. However it wasn’t long until the former Tranmere man got himself on the scoresheet with ten minutes left to play.
Mark Beck headed over from a David Symington cross and from the resulting phase of play Lowe found himself attacking the last defender at pace. He cut back inside and curled an effort into the top corner to leave Gillespie with no chance of saving it. The goal marked his 50th league goal in Bury colours and made him the 2nd fastest post-war player to reach the landmark with his goals coming in 97 appearances, four more than the fastest total set by Mark Carter.
The final whistle sounded shortly after the third goal and means that Bury move up to 3rd in the league ahead of Tuesday’s game against Stevenage at the JD Stadium.