Shakers begin pre-season with six goals at Stainton Park
Richie Barker declared himself pleased following Bury’s 6-1 win at Radcliffe Borough’s Stainton Park on Saturday afternoon, though Bury did have to come from behind after going a goal down early in the game.
Bury used two different sides in each 45 minutes of action with the first half team lining up as follows:-
Trevor Carson, Mark Hughes, Adam Lockwood, Steven Schumacher, Mark Carrington, Max Harrop, Phil Picken, Luke McCarthy, David Worrall, Andy Bishop, Shaun Harrad.
The conditions were warm, the pitch was dry – despite the recent weather and the turf thick – but it took either side a good six minutes to register anything of note – and when it did come, it came from a familiar avenue – David Worrall flying down the wing with the ball at his feet, though when delivered, the cross looked like a first cross from the first game of the season – rusty – as it flew high over the area and out of play on the other side.
Luke McCarthy showed a touch of flair moments later with some neat footwork, that allowed him to release himself on a run down the opposite flank, but a hefty challenge from a Radcliffe defender soon brought his run to a halt.
Mark Carrington and Steven Schumacher began to control the middle of the park and started spraying and pinging balls all around the pitch, one such ball from Carrington into the corner found David Worrall on 13 minutes, this time he produced a telling cross that the Boro keeper did well to get his hands round.
Moments later, Schumacher stung the keepers hands with another ‘just smash it’ long range effort that was pushed away for a Bury corner. The corner when it did come in was well dealt with by the home defence and they quickly broke. It looked like the Bury back line held well though until some confusion saw the Radcliffe striker steal the ball, walk forward three yards and stroked it beyond a despairing Trevor Carson for a 16th minute lead.
Bury got back onto the game ten minutes later, a Luke McCarthy shot was parried away for a Bury corner. When delivered into the box some frantic headers from both sides saw the ball fall nicely for Andy Bishop, who lashed it into the top corner to make it all square on the afternoon.
Bury took the lead for the first time on 29 minutes. A bursting run from David Worrall saw him upended on the edge of the box. The subsequent free kick brought a precise delivery from Steven Schumacher into the box, and a deft header from Shaun Harrad saw the ball drop into the back of the Radcliffe goal.
Five minutes later, Bury could have grabbed another when a good run from Mark Carrington saw him take the ball into the box, but his waiting for a pass inside the area allowed the home defence to close him down and clear.
Two minutes later and Shaun Harrad should have had a second, a bad back pass was seized upon by Harrad inside the area, and his shot cannoned off the keeper and onto the cross bar before going for a swim in the lodge behind the Radcliffe Borough stand.
Harrad did grab a third just on the stroke of half time when a good delivery from wide brought another good header from the former Cobblers striker to make it 3-1.
A totally different side emerged for the second half – as follows:-
Cameron Belford, Andrai Jones, Efe Sodje, Jordan Melia, Joe Skarz, Marcus Marshall, Dalton McLaughlin, Peter Sweeney, Liam Boswell, Lenell John-Lewis and Lateef Elford-Alliyu.
The second half started as the first half had finished – with a goal for Bury. Good work from Liam Boswell, combining with Joe Skarz, saw young Boswell whip the ball towards goal – some would say it was a shot on target, but before it had reached the target, new signing Marcus Marshall stuck his foot through the ball to make it 4-1 for the Shakers with his first touch in a Shakers shirt.
For the next five minutes, it seemed as though the home side had caved in – apart from the keeper as he denied certain goals from Lenell John-Lewis (twice), Marcus Marshall and Lateef Elford-Alliyu.
Another goal was coming, and it took until the 51st minute for it to come. A powerful shot on target from John-Lewis saw the keeper again stop the effort, but this time he failed to hold the ball and Elford-Alliyu followed up to stroke the ball home to make it 5-1.
With 15 minutes of the game remaining, and an obvious drop in pace from both sides, Bury grabbed a sixth goal. This time Marshall whipped in a good ball from wide and his effort found a leaping Lenell John-Lewis who headed home from the edge of the area to give the Shakers a convincing 6-1 win.
As the game drew to a close, the home keeper again denied a Bury seventh goal saving from John-Lewis and Marcus Marshall. A good run out, a good result and a good performance – but this result doesn’t mean a thing – more than anything, its fitness, stretching the legs and finding the back of the net – all targets were met and the majority of the crowd left for home happy.