Two important goals from Danny Mayor gave Bury the three points against Shrewsbury Town in a feisty game at Gigg Lane.
A sending off for James Vaughan and Adam El-Abd meant that both sides finished with ten players in an eventful game at Gigg Lane.
Danny Mayor’s delightful strike found the Shakers first goal of the game before Ivan Toney rose to the header to bring the game back to level terms, until Mayor put the game out of reach with a 90th minute winner
David Flitcroft stayed loyal to his winning side following last week’s 4-1 win against Port Vale at Gigg Lane.
The home supporters were left jumping off their seats after 15 minutes as Mayor thundered the ball against the advertising boards and just inches wide of the post after some quality play by Zeli Ismail down the right flank.
Ismail was again running circles around the Shrewsbury defenders as he pulled the ball back for Vaughan inside the visitors’ penalty area, Vaughan’s shot however was blocked in the face of the goal and cleared away by El-Abd.
Ivan Toney went up the other end on 22 minutes, his shot was rushed but just missed the target despite worrying Ben Williams into making a dive for the misplaced shot.
The Shakers attacked in numbers as Ismail’s driving run opened up the Shrewsbury midfield before he looked to feed through Vaughan on goal, his pass was blocked by El-Abd but it did not stop Ismail from having a shot of his own, although he was denied down low by Jayson Leutwiler.
A free kick was awarded outside the Shrewsbury penalty area as Ivan Toney brought down Jacob Mellis before a close encounter between El-Abd and Vaughan led to all the outfield players getting involved, and a yellow card for both El-Abd and Vaughan.
Four minutes later and Vaughan was given his marching orders. Looking for revenge on the Shrewsbury centre back, his late challenge on El-Abd was deemed enough to give Vaughan a second yellow and a resulting red card.
The second half began with the Shakers one man down on their opposition, but it did not take long before the away side were also reduced to ten.
Adam El-Abd was once again in the thick of the action, this time he blocked Mayor’s attacking run and as a result he was sent off to the Bury fans’ delight.
A testing free kick from Ismail almost found the corner of the net but for the stretching Jayson Leutwiler, and then the Shrewsbury keeper was the star of the show again for the visitors as he denied Ismail at the back post, despite calls from the stands that the ball had crossed the line.
However, all that pressure for Bury took its toll on the visitors as Mayor opened the scoring in style on 65 minutes. His shot from 25 yards out flew into the top right corner of the goal and it left Leutwiler with no chance of getting anywhere near saving it.
The visitors hit back 11 minutes later through Toney’s header. Gary Deegan’s whipped in cross into the penalty area found Toney leap to the ball ahead of Williams, and headed the ball into the left corner of the goal.
Hallam Hope made an instant impact with a searching run down the left before his low shot was saved by Leutwiler’s legs.
When the game looked to be petering out, it was some nice build up play from the Shakers that saw Pope lay off a composed Mayor inside the penalty area as he pounced onto the loose ball and diverted the ball past Leutwiler for a dramatic winner.
Next up for the Shakers is Swindon Town next Saturday as they search for a fourth win in a row.
Attendance: 2,990 (360 away fans)
Bury starting line-up: Williams, Leigh, Maher (Jones 54), Barnett, Kay, Mayor, Ismail (Hope 77), Soares, Mellis (Bryan 90+4), Pope, Vaughan
Unused subs: Dudley, Burgess, Rachubka, Walker
Shrewsbury Town starting line-up: Leutwiler, Riley, Sadler (Mangan 90+2), McGivern, Ogogo, Toney, Dodds (El Ouriachi 64), Grimmer, Deegan, El-Abd, Ebanks-Blake (Whalley 54)
Unused subs: Lancashire, Sarcevic, Halstead , Waring