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A Solid Performance

27 November 2013

A goal early second-half goal from Danny Nardiello helps the Shakers claim first home win since the 31st August.

Ronnie Jepson made one change to the side that faced Wimbledon on Saturday, brining in Tommy Miller in place of suspended captain Andy Procter. 

And it was Tommy Miller who had the first effort on target after just 3 minutes, after latching onto a Chris Sedgwick corner, but the headed effort was comfortably dealt with by goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

Danny Nardiello was quick to try his luck and looked to be through on goal when faced with a one vs one with Pools keeper Scott Flinders, but he failed to get any leverage behind the shot sending it straight into the arms of an oncoming Flinders. 

Hartlepool's first chance of the game fell to Simon Walton when the Pools were awarded a free-kick on the edge of Bury's box after Shaun Beely's foul on James Poole. Walton stepped up to take the free-kick from the difficult angle and chose to take the shot. His curling right footed effort evaded the heads of both teams white inside the box to land in possession of Brian Jensen. 

Latest signing Danny Nardiello was looking sharp chasing down the ball in search of an opening goal. 20 minutes in he tested Flinders with a powerful curling right footed shot from 25 yards out, forcing the keeper into making a good quick reaction save. 

10 minutes before the end of the first – half the Shakers were proving to be the stronger of the two sides. Sedgwick fed a lovely ball through into the box to Craig Jones who struck a powerful shot from just inside the Hartlepool box to the right of goal, but Flinders was quick off his feet to react from the centre of his goal to evade the effort.

Minutes later once again Chris Sedgwick played a near perfect cross from the left by line deep into the Bury box. Craig Jones anticipated the move and found himself on the end of the ball but his effort only got as far as the side netting. 

Bury had been the brighter throughout the course of the fist half, 

Bury started the second-half in the same manner in which they had finished the first-half; on the front foot. It didn't take long for Danny Nardiello to put Bury in front with a curling header at the far post to give the Shakers a well deserved lead.

Bury 1 – Hartlepool 0

Bury dominated the half after the goal pushing Hartlepool back into their own half and testing their defence.

Craig Jones' pace was unmatched, allowing him find the room to play a long ball into the centre of box from the left by line. Danny Hylton rose from the crowded box to be the first to make contact and struck the ball with a looping header at close range but Flinders was able to deal with the effort comfortably. 

Substitution: Brad Walker off for Matthew Dolan.

Substitution: Jordan Richards off for Jack Compton.

Substitution: Nialle Rodney off for Jonathan Franks.

Throughout the second-half Bury continued to press, in search of a second goal. An unmarked Tom Soares came close but his shot fell just wide from close range. Nathan Cameron was next but he could only manage to head the ball over the bar and out for a corner.

Substitution: Danny Nardiello off for Shaun Harrad 

With just 5 minutes remaining Hartlepool gave the Shakers a scare when Luke James burst down the left wing, lifting the ball over Bury's back four to fire a cross into the box, but no red shirt was able to get onto the end of it only the head of Tommy Miller who knocked the ball out for a corner.

Substitution: Nathan Cameron off for Richard Hinds

Finally, after four minutes of injury time, the final whistle went and players celebrated with amongst themselves and with fans after a solid home performance, bringing the Shakers their first home win since the 4-1 win against Cheltenham at home on the 31st of August. The Shakers now look forward to a trip to Exeter on Saturday. 

Attendance: 1998, visitors (191)

Man of the Match: Danny Nardiello

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