Crewe Alexandra 1 Bury 0
The Shakers paid the price for missed chances yet again as they succumbed to a late winner at Crewe.
It was a largely uneventful first half for both sides, with the best Bury chance falling to David Worrall, who watched his cross come shot tipped over the bar on 42 minutes.
But it was Bradden Inman who had the final say with three minutes of the game to play, as he poked home a looping cross from the left.
A curling cross from Matt Doherty found Troy Hewitt with space in front of goal on 5 minutes, but once he got his boot behind the ball, he sent it over the bar.
Matt Tootle reacted for the home side moments later, shooting from the edge of the box and watching the ball sail just over the bar.
Mathias Pogba carved open the Bury defence on the left hand side on 20 minutes, setting up Bradden Inman before seeing his shot blocked by the legs of Trevor Carson. The ball then fell to Chuks Aneke, but his follow up effort was also blocked.
David Worrall tried a cross come shot from the left of the box on 42 minutes, forcing Alan Martin to tip the ball over his bar.
Half time – Crewe 0 Bury 0
Bury substitution at half time – Mark Carrington on for Ethan Banks-Landell
Crewe substitution at half time – Byron Moore on for Chuks Aneke
Luke Murphy tried his luck from distance on 61 minutes, forcing Carson to save to his right.
Bury’s best chance of the match so far arrived on 65 minutes - Steven Schumacher crossed the ball for Hewitt, but his strong header forced Martin to tip the ball just over his bar.
Crewe substitution on 77 minutes – Max Clayton on for Lauri Dalla Valle
A nippy cross from Worrall on 79 minutes fizzed in front of goal, but it eluded Zac Thompson and Hewitt who were both outstretched.
Bury substitution on 80 minutes – Lenell John-Lewis on for Troy Hewitt
Bury yellow card on 84 minutes – Efe Sodje
GOAL! The home side took the lead with three minutes left on the clock – a nice cross from the left looped over to the feet of Bradden Inman, who poked the ball past Carson.
Crewe 1 Bury 0
Bury substitution on 89 minutes – David Healy on for Tom Hopper
An effort from Mark Hughes just inside the box was deflected just past the post as the seconds ticked away, with the resulting corner seeing Trevor Carson sprint from his line to get involved, but to no avail.
Full time – Crewe 1 Bury 0
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