Young Shakers on the wrong end of an eight goal thriller at Port ValeAlan Moore’s youth team started this Youth Alliance North West game in the worst possible manner, and trailed the hosts by four goals to nil inside the first sixteen minutes. Port Vale had put away their first four shots on target.
The opening 16 minutes clearly rocked Bury, who despite having chances of their own in the first half were glad to hear the half time whistle.
A totally different performance came in the second period as they closed down and passed the football using pace and accuracy. The youngsters took the game to Vale and created plenty of chances and finally got their just rewards when Anthony Dudley pounced on a loose rebound on 54 minutes.
A second Bury goal came soon after following some great work from Sam Dickinson, he cross found Regan Walker at the near post who calmly slotted home.
Bury had pegged back the home side to their own half and it was no surprise to see them grab a third goal just after the hour. A stunning solo effort from Brayden Shaw made it 4-3 to really put the cat amongst the pigeons.
Bury continued to press and attempt to force an equaliser with Regan Walker having two superb chances to make it all square. His first chance a one on one with the home keeper following a good solo run, the second chance moments later came from a good header following a Matthew Cook cross.
Hearts were broken soon after though when a misplaced pass in midfield was intercepted and the home side hit the Shakers on the counter attack with the Vale front man breaking free to slot home what turned out to be the winning goal.
The young shakers still had their chances to get more goals with the match stats showing plenty of shots on target, but the bad start to the game cost the youngsters dear with Port Vale taking all three points.
Bury: Jonathan Barber, Matty Cook, Sam Gibson, Scott Burgess, Ben Potter, Marcus Poscha, Sam Dickinson, Liam Bickett, Navid Nasseri, Regan Walker, Anthony Dudley
Subs: Joe Brown, Connor Willis, Luis Kennedy, Brayden Shaw