Shakers humbled by four Wigan goals at Gigg Lane
Following a heavy shower at Gigg Lane, timed perfectly with Roberto Martinez’s arrival, the game got underway and almost straight away the visitors launched themselves at the Shakers half of the field, but were thwarted by the go go gadget legs of Efe Sodje who pushed a good cross into the box out for a corner.
A clearance from Cam Belford on four minutes stopped hearts as the ball fell to the feet of striker Nouha Dicko some 20 yards out, thankfully though, Belford saved the resulting shot on goal. From Belford’s clearance the ball was worked to Lenell John-Lewis, who fired his normal powerful drive just wide of the target.
Shakers engineered a good chance on 8 minutes with Boswell and McCarthy combining down the far side, with McCarthy taking the ball to the by-line but his whipped cross into the box was pushed away by the Wigan defence.
Wigan won a second corner on 13 minutes when a hard drive into the box from Dicko was pushed out for a corner. The resulting delivery saw Golobart leap to powerfully head the ball across Belford for the opening goal
Goal: Bury 0 Wigan Athletic 1 (Golobart 12)
Wigan should have doubled their lead on 19 minutes when a stunning cross from Daniel Redmond (son of former Shaker Steve Redmond) curled around the Bury back line for Dicko, but his shot at goal flew high, wide and not very handsome of the target.
A Wigan free kick on the edge of the Bury box, following a late challenge on Redmond, saw Callum McManaman drive the ball into the back of the net, via the crossbar to double the visitors lead.
Goal: Bury 0 Wigan Athletic 2 (McManaman 24)
Bury could have had a goal back on 31 minutes when Marcus Marshall showed good skill to steal the ball and burst into the Wigan box, he went past two defenders easily before firing a good shot on target that was well smothered by Lee Nicholls the Wigan keeper.
Steven Boothman almost got a third for Wigan just before half time when a curling ball into the box found its way through the Bury defence, Boothman looked at flicking the ball beyond Belford, but he mis-timed his touch allowing Belford to smother the ball.
Half time: Bury 0 Wigan Athletic 2
Two changes at half time with second year scholar Levi Clarke replacing Marcus Tremarco and Phil Picken replacing Andrai Jones.
Wigan made it 3-0 three minutes into the second half following a defensive blunder by Levi Clarke, his backpass to Cameron Belford didn’t have enough weight on it and McManaman stole in to take the ball around Belford before smashing it into the roof of the net for a yard out,
Bury playing with a mystery player, wearing number 19 – is he a trialists???? He came on at half time replacing Lennel John-Lewis
Bury got a goal back on 52 minutes when a good ball from Phil Picken found the head of an unmarked Max Harrop who drove the ball home
Goal: Bury 1 Wigan Athletic 3 (Max Harrop 52)
Wigan should have made it 4 on 63 minutes when a quick break down the flank saw Dicko pass the ball into the Bury area, it turned into a two man race for the ball – Belford and Wigan’s Campabadal, the Wigan right back won the race, but fired the ball wide of the target.
The mystery man turns out to be Jordan Rugg
Adam Lockwood and Tommy Pratt on – Sodje & Boswell off 67
Tommy Pratt almost earnt the Shakers a second goal by firing in a good cross from an acute angle, but an in rushing defender took the only option to him and fired the ball high over his own cross bar for a Bury corner.
Belford Off - Christian Dibble on 75 mins
Another chance came Wigans way on 82 minutes, when a good run from Tim Chow brought a good strike on goal, but Chris Dibble dived superbly to push away the effort.
Wigan round off the night with a fourth goal and a hat trick for McManaman with the final kick of the game bu cutting in from deep to fire the ball across Dibble and into the back of the net
Bury: Cameron Belford (Dibble 75), Andrai Jones (Picken 45), Marcus Tremarco (Clarke 45), Jordan Melia, Efe Sodje, Luke McCarthy, Marcus Marshall, Dalton McLaughlin, Max Harrop, Lenell John-Lewis (Mystery Man 45), Liam Boswell
Substitutes: Adam Lockwood, Mark Hughes, Phil Picken, Levi Clarke, Mark Carrington, Peter Sweeney, Christian Dibble, Tom Pratt
Wigan Athletic: Lee Nicholls, Eduard Campabadal, Daniel Redmond, Roman Golobart, Rob Kiernan, Jordan Mustoe, Fraser Fyvie, Tim Chow, Callum Mcmanaman, Nouha Dicko, Steven Boothman
Substitutes: Calvin Hare, Josh Langley, Jamie Mccormack, Josh Sumner, Peter Alymer, Adam Dawson, Guillermo Andres, Ryan Watson, Callum Morris, Jonathan Lynch, Jesjua Angoy
Gate: 315 (82 visitors)