Bury Youth Team lose the initiative in the last minute against a strong Wigan side
Bury played 4-3-3 against Wigan’s orthodox 4-4-2 making the width count with both full backs breaking forward and overlapping at every opportunity the young shakers looked very comfortable against a robust Wigan side with Bury totally dominating the game and limiting Wigan to playing in their own half.
Against the run of play, Wigan broke with a counter attack resulting in Marcus Porcha mistiming a tackle on the Wigan No 10 resulting in a penalty.
The penalty was struck into the bottom left corner of the Bury goal sending the young Shakers 1-0 down just before the half hour mark.
Wigan 1 - Bury 0
To the youngsters credit Bury pushed hard for an equaliser playing quick flowing attacking football causing the Wigan midfield and defence problems by making telling runs behind them. Against the run of play
after another quick break Bury conceded a corner. The resulting goal mouth scramble allowed the 6'6" centre forward the chance to head home from close range.
38 minutes: Wigan 2 - Bury 0
Bury didn’t allow their heads to drop, sticking to their guns by playing attractive football and tormenting the Wigan back four along the flanks, both full backs continually overlapping causing Wigan all sorts of issues. The hard work eventually paid off when Wigan conceded a corner and Brendan Shaw delivered a vicious cross in from the corner, Matty Cook headed the ball home with some style from close range.
39 minutes: – Wigan 2 Bury 1
Bury continued with the momentum applying good pressure high up the field earning themselves a free kick out to the wide left of Wigan’s 18 yard box. Brayden Shaw stepped up with another great pin point delivery into the 6 yard box with deflected of a Wigan defender and into his own net.
42 minutes: Wigan 2 – Bury 2
The end of the first-half saw 3 goals scored in just 4 mins.
In the second-half, Wigan adopted the same 4-3-3 formation to try and counter Bury’s continued attacks down the wings and to break up Bury’s midfields quick, crisp passing of the ball. However, Bury penned Wigan back in their own half allowing Braydon Shaw to attack the Wigan defence in their own 18 yard box with a skilful solo run and an intelligent pass to Sam Dickinson who calmly drilled a shot right foot low of the keepers left hand.
67 minutes: Wigan 2 - Bury 3
Straight from the kick off Bury applied pressure on Wigan forcing them back in their own half. Scott Burless intercepted a pass from Wigan’s left back, he made a solo run into the Wigan 18 yard box beating 2 of Wigan’s back four and drove low shot to the left of the keeper.
69 minutes: Wigan 2 - Bury 4
The lead was no more than Bury deserved, they had played some bright attractive football against bigger stronger opposition, but for the next 20 minutes Wigan began to capitalise on their superior size, playing long balls into the Bury defending third and committing more players forward.
Wigan winning a corner in the 71st minute resulted in a headed goal.
71 minutes: Wigan 3 - Bury 4
Wigan continued the long ball trend securing a free kick in the 89th minute. The ball was lofted high into the Bury 18 yard box. Unfortunately for Bury goalkeeper Connor Keane's punched clearance fell into a group of players and the Wigan No 10 stepped up and stabbed the ball into the back of Bury’s net.
90 minutes: Bury 4 – 4 Wigan
The referee only had time to allow the kick off before time was called on a moral victory for the young Shakers. It was a totally disappointing draw for the players have counted the 4-4 draw as 2 points lost again. The players were physically exhausted and know that they deserved better and as with the Shakers’ previous game against Blackpool a draw didn't do the visitors justice.