Bury 0 Swindon Town 1
Bury’s search for that elusive first win of the season continued after another defeat, this time at Kevin Blackwell’s first home game in charge.
The only difference between the two sides was a stunning goal from James Collins after 25 seconds of play, which looped over the head of Trevor Carson and left the Shakers in shock.
Bury continued to press as Swindon held onto their early lead, but they lacked the finishing touch in the final third and remain at the foot of the League One table.
GOAL! The Shakers were left stunned by a peach of a strike from James Collins after 25 seconds of play – a well-placed effort from the edge of the box, it eluded Trevor Carson and dropped into the net.
Bury 0 Swindon Town 1
Smooth linking play between Tom Hopper and David Healy on 11 minutes saw Hopper cross for Healy as he waited in front of goal. He brought the ball down to shoot, but Jay McEveley stepped in front of him to block the chance for a corner as Healy was ready to pull the trigger.
Three consecutive corners followed for Bury, with the best chance falling to Steven Schumacher – his swirling corner forced Wes Foderingham to tip the ball over his crossbar.
Swindon Town yellow card on 20 minutes – Federico Bessone
Bessone was back in action ten minutes later, looking to put the finishing touch to a confident move forward from Swindon – the ball fell to him on the left of the box, but Matt Doherty threw his body in front of him to prevent the scoreline extending any further for the visitors.
A bad tackle on Marcus Marshall on the edge of the box after 44 minutes gave Bury the perfect chance to tee up a shot from the free kick, but after taking too long to be direct, the chance was wasted, prompting a Swindon breakaway. Doherty tracked back for the cause and covered the danger from McEveley.
Half time - Bury 0 Swindon Town 1
Half time substitution for Swindon Town – Adam Rooney on for Andy Williams
Collins was looking for his second goal of the afternoon and on 52 minutes, he shot on the spin from the left of the box, only to see the ball float wide.
Some one-touch football resulted in a dangerous cross from Doherty on the right on 54 minutes, which forced Foderingham to collect the ball at his near post.
Bury substitution on 60 minutes – Mark Cullen on for David Healy
Swindon Town substitution on 62 minutes – Paul Benson on for James Collins
Bury substitution on 63 minutes – Craig Jones on for Mark Carrington
As the ball bobbled around the Bury box on 68 minutes, substitute Adam Rooney eyed the chance to extend Swindon’s lead, but saw his close range snapshot denied by quick thinking from Carson in the Bury net.
Bury substitution on 74 minutes – Lateef Elford-Alliyu on for Tom Hopper
Swindon Town substitution on 77 minutes – Joe Devera on for Nathan Thompson
Bury’s golden chance fell to Schumacher in added time – the ball had bobbled around the box before falling to his feet, but he failed to connect while under pressure from the Swindon back line.
Three minutes of added time were soon over, despite the Shakers continuing to press forward.
Full time – Bury 0 Swindon Town 1
Attendance – 2,683 (408 visitors)