Andy Bishop penalty and Shaun Harrad strike is enough to claim the win
The Shakers travelled up to the North Lancashire coast looking to continue their build up to the start of the new season with a tough test against Jim Bentley’s Morecambe side.
Manager Richie Barker made a few changes from the eleven that started the game against Burnely in midweek. Shakers skipper Steven Schumacher, Joe Skarz, Shaun Harrad and Mark Hughes all dropped to the bench with Efe Sodje, Max Harrop, Andrai Jones and Adam Lockwood replacing them with Ulsterman Trevor Carson donning the captain’s armband for the first time. Marcus Marshall was missing through injury.
Bury FC: Trevor Carson, Phil Picken, Andrai Jones, Efetobore Sodje, Adam Lockwood, Peter Sweeney, David Worrall, Mark Carrington, Lateef Elford-Alliyu, Andy Bishop, Max Harrop.
Subs: Cameron Belford, Joe Skarz, Dalton McLaughlin, Liam Boswell, Luke McCarthy, Mark Hughes, Steven Schumacher, Lenell John-Lewis, Shaun Harrad
Morecambe FC: Barry Roche, Andy Parrish, Robbie Threllfall, Will Haining (c), Andy Wright, Lewis Alessandra, Kevin Ellison, Nick Fenton, Stewart Drummond, Gary McDonald, Richard Brodie
Subs: Andreas Aristidou, Joe McGee, Andy Fleming, Jack Redshaw, Jordan Burrow, Izak Reid, Ryan Williams, Joe Mwasile, Danny Carlton, Chris Doyle, James Short, Dan Parkinson.
The game got off to a bad start for the Shakers when Efe Sodje was stretchered off after just five minutes after an innocuous challenge with Kevin Ellison with what was a suspected fractured cheekbone.
SUB: Bury Sodje off. Hughes on (5 mins)
The Shrimpers made the better start as Bury were knocked out of their stride by the injury to Sodje and Richard Brodie, signed this week on a six month loan from Crawley, fired in the first shot just over Trevor Carson’s crossbar on ten minutes.
Two minutes later, the big Ulsterman was scrambling across his goal after a sloppy pass by Mark Hughes was intercepted and McDonald’s effort went just wide of the Bury goal.
The game then descended into a slow drawn out affair with neither side managing to test their opponents defence until a free kick from Peter Sweeney forced Shrimpers keeper Barry Roche in to diving save down to his left on twenty five minutes.
SUB: Morecambe Fenton off. McCready on (28 mins)
The Shakers earned their first corner of the game on the thirty minute mark but after Lockwood’s header across the goal towards Elford-Alliyu the referee, Jon Moss, stunned the crowd by pointing to the penalty spot for what appeared to be a handball by Will Haining although there was no appeal from any of the Bury players. Andy Bishop stepped up and drilled the penalty home as Roche went the wrong way.
GOAL: Morecambe 0 – 1 Bury FC (Bishop 32, pen)
The big Bury striker almost double his tally two minutes later when he capitalised on a blocked shot by Sweeney but his volley was well saved by Roche and from the resulting corner Andrai Jones missed a decent chance when he fired over the bar from 18 yards.
The hosts then almost hit back when Brodie burst into the box to get on the end of a nice through pass by Alessandra but Mark Hughes blocked the shot for a corner. As the ball came in a it wasn’t cleared by the Bury defence and Drummond missed a great chance to equalize when he headed over from two yards.
McDonald fired in a shot on 44 minutes from twenty five yards but it was easy for Carson to make the save and just on half time Drummond fired a shot just wide after a ball to the far side of the box wasn’t cleared.
Half time: Morecambe 0 – 1 Bury FC.
Seven minutes into the second half and Morecambe were appealing for a penalty of their own as Brodie went down, somewhat theatrically, under a challenge but Mr Moss was having none of it and pointed for a corner which ended in Threlfall driving the ball hopelessly wide.
SUB: Morecambe: Brodie Off. Burrow on (55 mins)
SUBS: Bury: Picken, Harrop, Elford-Alliyu all off. Skarz, John-Lewis, Schumacher all on. (60 mins)
SUBS: Morecambe: Alessandra, Ellison Drummond all off. Fleming, Redshaw, Carlton all on (65 mins)
The Shakers dominated the next period of play with Mark Carrington becoming more and more effective in the centre of the park as both sides made a number of substitutions with Worrall going close to doubling the Bury lead.
SUB: Bury: Bishop off. Harrad on (72 mins)
On 75 minutes Bury broke quickly down the right with the impressive Worrall turning Fleming inside out and his cross was met by John-Lewis but his shot was deflected out for a corner by Andy Wright with the resulting ball in headed over by Mark Hughes.
SUB: Bury: Worrall off. McCarthy on (79 mins)
SUB: Morecambe: McDonald off. Williams on (80 mins)
Bury extended their lead on 85 minutes when Lenell John-Lewis robbed Haining in the box and pulled the ball back to the six yard line for Shaun Harrad who had the easiest of jobs to tap the ball home for the Shakers second goal.
GOAL: Morecambe 0 – 2 Bury (Harrad 85)
SUBS: Bury: Sweeney and Carrington off. McLaughlin and Boswell on (85 mins)
SUB: Morecambe: Threlfall off. Short on. (89 mins)
The final whistle went with the Shakers having secured a second pre-season win with an effective, if not spectacular win but, as Richie Barker said prior to the game it was all about players getting minutes on the pitch rather than results or performances and so the Shakers return to Gigg Lane with a home game against Birmingham City on Tuesday night to look forward to.
Final score from Globe Arena. Morecambe FC 0 – 2 Bury FC.