Bury dug deep to come away from Gigg Lane with a brilliant 1-0 win against established Sky Bet" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); outline: none 0px; text-decoration: none;">Sky Bet League One side Port Vale at Gigg Lane, with Nathan Cameron’s headed goal just rewards for a good attacking display by the Shakers.
The Shakers made two changes to the starting eleven that started against Sheffield United last Saturday, with Tom Pope and Reece Brown coming in for Craig Jones" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); outline: none 0px; text-decoration: none;">Craig Jones and the injured Andrew Tutte.
A brilliant early move by the Shakers nearly gave them the opener as Danny Mayor allowed Chris Hussey to run behind him on the left, he stampeded forward to put a cross into Tom Pope on the back-post, however the ex-Vale striker was out muscled and it went out for a corner.
Danny Mayor and Jacob Mellis forced two excellent saves out of Jak Alnwick on the seventh minute, Jacob Mellis then had another great chance from 20 yards out, however it rose over the bar.
Bury started controlling the game with a large number of goal scoring opportunities presenting themselves, however the Valiants lived up to their name keep themselves in the game with a good defensive display.
Port Vale however didn’t let this dominance last long and they soon started getting a foot into the game themselves, this made sure the game was an end to end affair with both teams showing some good attacking movement, but the Shakers had the better of the chances.
The best of these coming from a mistake by Port Vale which allowed Leon Clarke to pick up a loose ball on the edge of the box, the striker put a through ball to his strike partner Tom Pope, who crossed the ball back to Leon Clarke, but the ball was kicked out.
A trademark Chris Hussey corner gave Bury another good chance to go ahead on the 35th minute when Reece Brown beat his marker and nearly converted it into the net, but for it going narrowly wide.
The Shakers went in at a half time tied 0-0 with Vale, unable to make their dominance and abundance of chances count.
HALF-TIME: THE SHAKERS 0 – 0 PORT VALE
After never really getting going in the first half the Valiants came out with a point to prove in the early stages of the second half, And on the 51st minute Sam Foley whipped in a cross that was nearly converted by Louis Dodds and Uche Ikpeazu, but both just missed it.
David Flitcroft made an early change in the second half with winger Craig Jones" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); outline: none 0px; text-decoration: none;">Craig Jones coming on for Jacob Mellis, in a tactical substitution which gave the Shakers a new lease of life almost instantly.
However, Vale soon found a way to counter-act the threat of Craig jones on the right. This lead the way for David Flitcroft to make another change on the 65th minute, this time seeing the introduction of lively striker Danny Rose who came on for Tom Pope.
The game soon turned back into an end to end encounter with both teams looking to break forward, but with both defences coping with any threat thrown at them with little effort.
Uche Ikpeazu had an excellent chance for Port Vale on the 76th minute when he broke through into the box, unleashed a shot at goal but Peter Clarke threw his leg in front of it with real desire to avert danger.
The Shakers made their third and final change of the game with Danny Pugh coming on for Reece Brown.
77 mins – GOAL! - The Shakers broke the deadlock in the 77th minute when Captain Nathan Cameron converted a Chris Hussey corner straight into the back of the net. 1-0.
Leon Clarke went close after a Craig Jones" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); outline: none 0px; text-decoration: none;">Craig Jones cross was passed into the path of the big striker by Vale keeper Jak Alnwick, but he couldn’t get enough on the ball. Minutes later Leon Clarke passed the ball into the path of the on-running Danny Rose, but he couldn’t quite reach the ball either, but the Shakers were pushing and not giving Vale much chance to play football.
Four minutes of extra time were given by the Fourth Official, but although only 1-0 up the Shakers didn’t look likely to give up the three points, and this was the case with the referee blowing his whistle to ensure Bury achieved their first home win of the season against Port Vale.
The win catapulted David Flitcroft’s side into the play-off places of Sky Bet" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); outline: none 0px; text-decoration: none;">Sky Bet League One.
FULL-TIME: THE SHAKERS 1 – 0 PORT VALE
Next-up for the Shakers is another home tie this time against Coventry City on Saturday 26th September, kick-off 3pm.
STARTING LINEUP: Rob Lainton, Tom Pope, Jacob Mellis, Tom Soares, Nathan Cameron, Reece Brown, Peter Clarke, Chris Hussey, Leon Clarke, Joe Riley, Danny Mayor
BENCH: Jack Ruddy, Matty Foulds, Khalid Mohammed, Danny, Rose, Hallam Hope, Craig Jones, Danny Pugh.
REFEREE: Mr D Drysdale (Lincolnshire).
ATTENDANCE: 4,323(1,194 Port Vale Fans).