Fleetwood Town 2 Bury 1After a defeat against Rochdale last weekend in the local derby the Shakers went into this game at Highbury with something to prove.
Kevin Blackwell made 2 changes to the eleven that faced Rochdale. Winger Tom Soares came back in from a quad strain in place of Danny Mayor. Richard Hinds came in in place of Shaun Beeley after he was refused permission to play against his home side. AS we saw last weekend, an army of travelling shakers had made the short trip to the Fylde coast and all were in fine voice before the game.
The first chance of the game fell to Fleetwood on the 8th minute when Dean Howell played a powerful squared pass to an unmarked Gareth Evans. With the ball landing at his feet Evans hit a low powerful shot. The ball looked to be heading into the bottom left hand corner of Trevor Carson's goal but it trickled just wide of the post.
Fleetwood were awarded a corner half through the first half. Junior Brown played a short corner to Evans. He controlled the pass and took his chance on goal, driving the ball towards the top right hand corner of Trevor Carson's net but the balls flew high over the Shakers bar.
Bury had a dominant spell 15 minutes towards the end of the first-half, pushing for the opener, and just before the half hour mark, Bury's hard work paid off when Anton Forrester played a quick ball to an advancing Tom Soares who was left to muscle his way through two of Fleetwood's back four. Soares, making his return from injury, used his power to overcome the Fleetwood defenders and hit a powerful curling shot straight past a helpless Scott Davies.
Goal: Fleetwood Town 0 Bury 1 (Soares 28)
Fleetwood were awarded a controversial free-kick on the 31st minute when Anton Forrester had made advances down the wing. Dean Howell caught up with Forrester but proceeded to tug on the forwards shirt. But the linesman signalled for a Fleetwood free-kick much to the amazement of the crowd inside Highbury.
Trevor Carson was tested for the first time on the 31st minute when Conor Mclaughlin drove a powerful straight shot towards the Bury goal, but Carson had seen what was coming and responded with a quick reflex save.
Bury had the opportunity to double their lead five minutes after the Soares goal. Anton Forrester spotted the goalkeeper off his line and chipped the ball high over a helpless Scott Davies but his impressive effort only manages to rattle the cross bar before former Shaker Ryan Cresswell cleared.
Just after the break Craig Jones received a caution for encroachment after attempting to charge down a free kick. The second free-kick was a direct strike from Junior Brown with a hard driving shot that cannoned off the right post.
Half time: Fleetwood Town 0 Bury 1
Just 6 minutes after the break Fleetwood grabbed an equaliser with a stunning strike from Antoni Sarcevic. Taking charge of the ball half way inside the Bury half, he struck a thunderous shot from outside the corner of the box that dipped and swerved past Trevor Carson to find the back of the Shakers net.
Goal: Fleetwood Town 1 Bury 1 (Sarcevic 52)
Within twelve minutes of making the game level, the home side took the lead. A cross from the tricky Junior Brown was rammed home by a neat side footed shot that zipped past Carson to put the home side in front.
Goal: Fleetwood Town 2 Bury 1 (Evans 64)
Fleetwood’s second goal brought a double change for the Shakers with Ashley Grimes coming on for Jordan Sinnott and Danny Mayor coming on for goal scorer Tom Soares.
William Edjenguélé was given a good chance to put Bury back into the game on 70 minutes, a deep cross from Craig Jones found the Shakers central defender in space inside the box, but his header flew back towards Jones rather than on target.
Danny Mayor’s trickery and pace was causing problems for the home side and with the Shakers pushing to get back into the game, Mayor’s ability down the flanks was being called upon often, though a resolute home defence managed to clear most of his balls into the box.
Bury continue to push for the equaliser in extra time but their efforts fell short. Bury's final opportunity came from a corner on the 94th minute. Craig Jones drove the ball in from the right line deep into the box in search of a white shirt but again the home side dealt with the cross and cleared their danger before the referee blew for full time.
Final Score: Fleetwood Town 2 Bury 1