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Setback for Youngsters

2 September 2013

Shakers Youth suffer heavy defeat at home

The Shakers youth team’s indifferent start to the season returned on Saturday with a heavy defeat at home.  After a superb 4-1 away win at Wrexham last weekend, they suffered a 5-0 home loss to near neighbours Oldham Athletic


Academy manager Alan Moore conceded it will be back to the drawing board on Monday morning after the unusual sequence of goals. With a goal direct from a corner, three own goals and a penalty conceded - the young shakers were left perplexed after having had the lion’s share of possession during the 90 minutes.

This game also saw Bury playing at their new home venue for the season at Fives Athletic (  The game was a tight affair for the opening exchanges with the Shakers having the better changes.

The first goal came direct from an in-swinging corner kick.  The flight of the ball was misjudged by Mathew Cook and evaded Jonathan Barber at the foot of the near post to give the visitors the lead.

This early blow rattled the team but they still created openings with Regan Walker looking lively every time he got the ball. In one particularly bright spell after 10 minutes his probing run set up Anthony Dudley for a one v one with the Latics keeper, but a smart stop prevented Dudley from grabbing an equaliser.

Bury were made to pay for the missed chance as Oldham with only the second attack doubled their advantage.  A cross into the Shakers box was somehow deflected into an empty net.  The goal was more of a surprise as there was no Oldham player around the Shakers defender.  With time to clear and unchallenged, the Shakers were suddenly two goals down.

Despite a lot of possession and several positive build up moves into the last third Bury couldn’t make a breakthrough and the Latics held a 2-0 lead at the break.

After some harsh words at half time the second half started much brighter and apart from some very good saves from the Oldham keeper, Bury would have got their name on the score sheet.

Unfortunately this didn't happen and much like the opening 45 minutes, Oldham’s first breakaway attack fifteen minutes into the second half brought another comical goal when a shot hit Sam Dickinson and flew over Jonathan Barber for the second own goal of the game.

The confidence was clearly drained from the young shakers.  Soon after the visitors scored a fourth from the penalty spot to make it 4-0, and the result was settled another own goal from the Shakers to make it 5-0.  If ever it was going to go wrong – this game was it

At the end of the day Oldham were better at competing for the second ball and Bury despite having the lion’s share of shots and possession failed to convert effort into goals leaving Oldham with the spoils of victory on the day. 

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