A new-look Bury side got off to the perfect start in their 2018/2019 Sky Bet League Two campaign, thanks to a dramatic late header from second half substitute Gold Omotayo, as the Shakers beat 9-man Yeovil Town 1-0 at The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.
Ryan Lowe, in his first competitive match since becoming full-time boss, named 5 players in the starting side to make their competitive debut; Tom Miller, Chris Stokes, Will Aimson, Nicky Adams and Chris Dagnall. There were also plenty of new faces on the bench, with Callum McFadzean, Mathew Hudson, Byron Moore, Dom Telford and Gold Omotayo.
The first proper chance of the afternoon fell to recently named Vice-Captain Nicky Adams. A long throw-in was chested into the path of the former Carlisle man, unfortunately he couldn’t keep his half-volley down as the ball went over the bar into the Tappit Stand.
Chris Dagnall went close for the Shakers, although any goal would have been disallowed by the flag on the far side. Danny Mayor cut past the Yeovil defence, skilfully knocking the ball onto his right in trademark fashion, his blocked shot fell to Stokes who managed to put the ball back into the danger area, he found Dagnall who couldn’t direct the ball beyond Yeovil ‘keeper Baxter.
Some excellent counter-attacking work from Miller and Danns allowed some sustained Bury pressure. First Danns’ excellent run won a corner for Bury, O’Connell’s fierce strike deflected for another corner, which almost saw Aimson get on the scoresheet, but the defender didn’t connect cleanly enough with the ball to trouble Baxter.
Mayor was proving to be a real threat down the left-hand-side. Some brilliant work from the wide player saw him play the ball across the Glovers’ box, but the ball in couldn’t quite find a team mate in the middle.
Darren Way’s side were unable to keep Mayor from continuing to cause havoc, this time he beat his man before dinking the ball to the back post, where a vital interception stopped Mayor finding a white shirt, as the hunt for an opener continued.
A cagey opener came to a close, with both Joe Murphy and Nathan Baxter remaining relatively unchallenged between the sticks.
HALF TIME: BURY 0-0 YEOVIL TOWN
The second-half began with the visitors having a glorious opportunity to open the scoring. Zoko managed to power through Neil Danns near the corner flag, before his attempt on goal was deflected up into the air, but Murphy managed to claw the ball away remarkably, stopping the ball dropping behind him and into the net.
Bury were then handed a man advantage, as Tom James received his marching orders after the referee deemed his late challenge worthy of a second yellow card nine minutes into the second period.
New Shakers’ captain Neil Danns looked to push home the man advantage, he won the ball back after some brilliant pressing from the Shakers attack allowed him to run at the Yeovil back line, unfortunately, the 35-year-old was unable to keep his balance and make the most of the opportunity.
Not long after, the visitors were down to nine men as Jordan Green saw red for a very dangerous tackle on Neil Danns. The skipper was able to continue after receiving treatment, as the Shakers looked to assert a two-man advantage over their visitors.
Neil Danns looked to open the scoring for Ryan Lowe’s side as he smartly took two defenders out of the game with a simple ball roll, he then struck the ball on his left, only to see his effort blocked in the area.
The nine men of Yeovil were finding it increasingly hard to keep the scores level. First, Nicky Adams went close as his powerful strike was kept out by a Yeovil head on the edge of the 6-yard box. This was followed by Mayor finding substitute Byron Moore down the left, the latter jabbed a teasing ball across the face of goal, all it needed was a small touch and the Shakers would have been ahead, however the ball wasn’t met by a white shirt, and the hosts had to settle for a corner.
Danny Mayor will then feel he should have had the ball in the back of the net, after making his way through the Yeovil defence with a jinking run. Bury’s number 10 then managed to get his shot away, but he couldn’t muster enough power to get the ball beyond Baxter.
Nathan Baxter was under pressure between the sticks as a busy afternoon continued. A huge deflection took the ball over to Danns, his volley was a dangerous one, but Baxter managed to hold the ball well to keep his clean sheet intact, as we entered the final stages of the opening 90 minutes of the 2018/2019 campaign.
With just two minutes left on the clock, Gold Omotayo opened his Shakers account in dramatic fashion! Nicky Adams whipped a dangerous delivery to the back post looking for Aimson, the defender nodded the ball back across goal to Gold Omotayo who made no mistake in heading the ball beyond ‘keeper Nathan Baxter between the Yeovil sticks.
Six minutes of injury time saw the hosts see the game out with ease, as Gold Omotayo’s debut goal was enough for Ryan Lowe’s side to win their 2018/2019 season opener against the nine men of Yeovil Town.
FULL TIME: BURY 1-0 YEOVIL TOWN
ATTENDANCE: 3151 (227 Away)
BURY: Joe Murphy (GK), Tom Miller (Byron Moore 65’), Chris Stokes (Dominic Telford 72’), Will Aimson, Adam Thompson, Eoghan O’Connell, Nicky Adams, Danny Mayor, Chris Dagnall (Gold Omotayo 77’), Callum Styles, Neil Danns ( C )
UNUSED SUBS: Mathew Hudson (GK), Stephen Dawson, Callum McFadzean, Harry Bunn
YEOVIL TOWN: Nathan Baxter (GK), Carl Dickinson, Bevis Mugabi, Jordan Green, Francois Zoko ( C ) (Reece Cole 70’), Diallang Jaiyesimi (Gary Warren 55’), Yoann Arquin (Alex Fisher 81’), Sessi D’Almeida, Tom James, Shaun Donnellan, Allfe Santos
UNUSED SUBS: Steve Phillips (GK), Gabby Rogers, Korrey Henry, Wes McDonald