Shakers ease to a 3-0 at bradford City
Bury took the lead on four minutes when a long ball forward from David Worrall seemed to bounce awkwardly in front of the keeper, he seemed to slice his effort into the back of his own net and with Lateef Elford-Alliyu charging down for a very embarrassing moment.
Goal: Bradford City 0 Bury 1 (McLaughlin own goal 4)
Within three minutes the Shakers were attacking again with David Worrall down the flank, a quick ball into the middle found Lateef Elford-Alliyu, whose first time shot just snaked around the wrong side of the post, though the crowd seemed anxious for some reason with the keeper diving for the ball.
Lenell John-Lewis had a good chance on 11 minutes when he burst into the Bradford box, and as he was about to shoot, former Rochdale player Rory McCardle slid through to clear, but as his ball was pushed away form his own area, a foul on Mark Carrington on the half way line brought some concern with Carra down for some time, however, following a spell of treatment he was up and carrying on with the game.
Bury doubled their lead on 19 minutes when a good passing move from the Shakers saw Steven Schumacher slip a stunnig ball to Lenell John-Lewis on the edge of the box, his first touch deceived the defender allowing John-Lewis the time to slip the ball home with a crisp shot from the edge of the box.
Goal: Bradford City 0 Bury 2 (John-Lewis 19)
A good interception by David Worrall half way through the Bradford half found Lateef running at goal, the former Baggies striker attempted to place the ball into the back of the net from some distance, when perhaps power and a little bit closer to goal would have been more successful.
Lateef again on 27 minutes won the ball into the middle of the park and charged forward, a crisp shot – this time with power, brought a good diving save from the keeper and tipped the ball out for a Bury corner.
A Bury throw on 33 minutes was quickly taken by Joe Skarz, his lob fell to John-Lewis on the edge of the box who then struck it first time at goal – unfortunately high over the bar and into the massive empty stand behind the goal.
Andrai Jones made a good challenge on a galloping Kyel Reid on 38 minutes, although the challenge looked clean – both Reid & Jones both required treatment from their respective physio’s but both were able to continue the game.
A free kick just before half time saw a carbon copy of the Sweeney goal at Scunthorpe, though badly executed. The initial ball from Schumacher was overhit, Sweeney had to chase the ball and his eventual shot was charged down and cleared
Half time: Bradford City 0 Bury 2
Bury came out for the second half with the same eleven that finished the first half.
A Bury free kick off on 52 minutes, following a foul on John-Lewis, brought a delicate chip into the box from Peter Sweeney that the home side dealt with by smashing it away for a Bury throw on the far side.
A sweeping ball from Steven Schumacher on 56 minutes saw David Worrall released down the opposite corner, his cut back pass to Andrai Jones brought some slight hesitation from the youngster on the corner of the area, before he found John-Lewis charging into the area, his shot though flew high over the bar when perhaps a shot from Andrai Jones would have been better suited.
Another good passing move from Bury on the hour saw good football in and around the box, with perhaps a hint of over cooking procedures, before the ball was eventually put out of pay by a Schumacher header.
Lateef Elford-Alliyu made it 3-0 on 61 minutes with a curling shot from the edge of the box that beat the dive of keeper McLaughlin.
Goal: Bradford 0 Bury 3 (Elford-Alliyu 61)
Changes for Bury – Marshall, Lockwood and Picken on – Sodje, Jones and Carrington off – 61 minutes
A Bury move on 67 minutes brought more skilful football, this time Marcus Marshall with a stunning turn inside the box, and as he did turn, he also pushed the ball to Lateef, but a challenge from a Bradford defender saw the ball cleared up the field.
Bradford had a chance to get back in the game on 69 minutes when a corner was swung into the box, the two Bradford centre halves leapt with Trevor Carson but it was the Bury keeper that got the vital touch and pushed the ball away for a Bradford throw.
Good work from Marcus Marshall on 73 minutes produced a Bury corner, his pace into the box brought a good challenge though the eventual corner wasn’t the best and Bradford broke quickly before Joe Skarz headed out for a Bury corner.
Change’s for Bury – Harrop and Rugg on – Lateef Elford-Alliyu and Schumacher off
Bradford produced another comfortable save from Trevor Carson with ten minutes remaining; a half-hearted shot from Alan Connell brought a very easy save from Carson.
Jordan Rugg took a shot on goal with eight minutes to go, form the edge of the area, his shot took a good deflection and almost deceived the home keeper, but McLaughlin recovered quickly and held the ball before it went near his goal.
A challenge on Max Harrop some four minutes before the end of the game, saw the Shakers youngster rolling around in agony, Dalton McLaughlin replaced Harrop who looked to be in some discomfort as he walked back around the pitch.
Final Score: Bradford City 0 Bury 3
Bury: Trevor Carson, Joe Skarz, Peter Sweeney, David Worrall, Steven Schumacher, Lenell John-Lewis, Mark Carrington, Lateef Elford-Alliyu, Efe Sodje, Mark Hughes, Andrai Jones
Subs: Cameron Belford, Phil Picken, Jordan Rugg, Adam Lockwood, Marcus Marshall, Max Harrop, Jordan Melia, Dalton McLaughlin, Liam Boswell, Luke McCarthy
Bradford City: Jon McLaughlin, Stephen Darby, James Meredith, Forrayah Bass, Rory McArdle, Luke Oliver, Kyel Reid, Gary Jones, James Hanson, Ross Hannah, Will Atkinson
Subs: Matt Duke, Garry Thompson, Gavin Hoolahan, marc Gallego, Alan Connell, Jack Mills, Adam Baker, Scott Brown, Nahki Wells
Ref: A Haines
Asst: B Khatib, G Fyvie
4th Official: M Ryan