Bury continued their unbeaten home record with a 3-2 victory over Morecambe, as Jermaine Beckford found himself back in the matchday squad after a lengthy lay-off.
Adam Thompson opened the scoring, and a brace from Dom Telford saw the Shakers to dominant victory (although the score line suggests otherwise), despite Rhys Oates and Liam Mandeville scoring in reply for the visitors.
The Shakers were the brighter of the two sides in the opening 10 minutes, looking to threaten the Shrimps’ back line down both flanks through Nicky Adams, Callum McFadzean and Danny Mayor, but no real chance was created, with experienced ‘keeper Barry Roche there to collect all balls in.
Bury skipper Neil Danns almost opened the scoring in the opening 15 minutes. Dagnall did superbly to hold the ball up on the edge of the area, despite being under plenty of pressure. The ball was then forced through to the experienced midfielder who opened the angle up with his second touch, he then looked to beat Roche with a low strike, but the effort was directly at the shot-stopper.
Dagnall came close to making it two goals in as many games, as his ball across goal almost found Roche’s far corner. McFadzean worked his way into the attacking box, before going down under pressure. Dagnall picked up the loose ball, as his cross-come-shot almost found the bottom corner.
The opening goal appeared to be coming closer, as Dagnall continued to terrorise the Morecambe defence. He created some space down the left-hand-side of the box, before pulling the ball back to Neil Danns, but the latter scuffed his effort and the ball went beyond the Bury captain.
There was no break for the Morecambe defenders, as Dagnall slipped the ball into Nicky Adams down the right, Adams then looked to complete the one-two, but an outstretched leg from Steven Old meant that Ryan Lowe’s men had to settle for a corner.
Another corner minutes later saw the Shakers finally take the lead, after knocking on the door for the best part of half an hour. Barry Roche managed to tip the original effort from the corner onto the bar, before Thompson prodded home into an empty net as the Shakers took a well-deserved lead.
Five minutes after the opener, in the 33rd minute, it took a brilliant reflex save from Barry Roche to prevent the hosts from doubling their lead. Nicky Adams broke away down the right-hand-side, before playing a dangerous ball into the box. Old was first to the ball, his block came close to deflecting past Roche, but the Morecambe ‘keeper managed to get an outstretched hand to the ball.
Morecambe responded well, as their first chance of the afternoon brought about their opening goal seven minutes from the half time whistle. Murphy did well to get down low to keep the original effort out as the ball was played into the middle from a free-kick. However, Rhys Oates was quickest to react in the penalty box, as he beat Murphy low at the near post.
Bury responded well to the set-back as Neil Danns first tried to restore the lead after he was found by Telford, but his shot was blocked. The clearance didn’t relieve the pressure for the visitors as Adams had chance to play the ball in again. The ball was over Danns as McFadzean was found at the back post, but he couldn’t steer his effort on target.
On the stroke of half time, the Shakers managed to retake the lead. Dom Telford opened his Shakers account after Mayor took the ball round two in the box, he then took Roche out of the game with his ball across goal, as Telford couldn’t miss, with practically the full goal to aim at.
HALF TIME: Bury 2-1 Morecambe
Rhys Oates could have had a second of the match as Morecambe made a bright start to the second period. Fleming found Oates unmarked in the box from the right-hand-side, but Murphy reacted quickly, and managed to clear the ball before Oates had chance to pull the trigger.
Dagnall’s afternoon came to an end, just after he almost extended the lead for his side. He fired an effort in low at Roche’s goal, looking to slip the ball in at the ‘keepers near post. Dagnall could only find the side netting, as Caolan Lavery replaced him to make his Shakers’ debut after a loan deadline day switch from Sheffield United.
With a much quieter second half than the first, Morecambe had a very good chance to level the scores. The corner came in from Mandeville on the left-hand-side, the ball beat all the white shirts in the middle, but the resulting effort at the back post was fired into the side netting from a tight angle.
Dom Telford went looking to double his tally for the afternoon as he struck the ball fiercely, 25 yards from goal. He turned his man after being found by Styles, but he dragged his effort just wide of Barry Roche’s goal.
Morecambe were trying to force themselves back into the game, seeing more of the ball in the Bury half, but some brilliant pressing from the Shakers, along with some calm ‘keeping from Murphy, saw Morecambe thwarted at every attack.
Telford did have his second of the match, with just 3 minutes remaining. The forward again found himself in the perfect position in the box. Tom Miller played an incredible ball over the top down the right, taking Conlan out of the game, and finding his skipper Neil Danns. Danns then cut the ball back from the by-line, finding Telford at the back stick, as the Match Sponsor’s Man of the Match poked the ball home, thanks to some help from the crossbar!
Liam Mandeville pulled one back for the hosts in stoppage time, he curled an effort into the far top corner from the edge of the box, beating an outstretched Joe Murphy.
Despite the late set-back, Ryan Lowe’s side took all 3 points for the second time this season as they made it 7 points from a possible 9 at home, thanks to a Dom Telford brace, and Adam Thompson opener, as the Shakers remained unbeaten so far this season at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.
FULL TIME: Bury 3-2 Morecambe
Bury: Murphy, Stokes, Aimson, Thompson, Adams, Dawson (Styles 44’), Mayor (Miller 72’), Dagnall (Lavery 62’), Telford, McFadzean, Danns (C)
Unused Subs: Hudson (GK), Beckford, Moore, O’Shea
Morecambe: Roche (C), Mills, Conlan, Old, Fleming, Oswell (Piggott 69’), Yarney, Wildig, Mandeville, Oates (Oliver 69’), Mendes-Gomes (Ellison 62’)
Unused Subs: Halstead (GK), Lavelle, Hedley, Cranston
Attendance: 3,242 (298 Morecambe)
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