Bury 2 Plymouth Argyle 1
Bury made it three league games unbeaten with a 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle at the JD Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Early goals from Tom Soares and Danny Rose gave the Shakers the advantage in the first half before Reuben Reid gave Plymouth a lifeline when he scored a penalty in the 66th minute.
The Shakers were on the front foot from the off and took the lead in the 4th minute when Tom Soares headed in Nicky Adams’ free kick. Adams swung the ball towards the six yard box and the unmarked Soares headed past Luke McCormick to make it 1-0.
Plymouth centre back Paul Hartley received a yellow card with thirteen minutes played after he hacked down Danny Rose in the centre circle.
The latter brushed himself off from the rash challenge and added Bury’s second two minutes later. Ryan Lowe played a low ball across the face of goal and Rose was left with an easy finish to double the lead in the 15th minute.
The Pilgrims nearly reduced the deficit within a minute after Jason Banton dispossessed Kelvin Etuhu and played in Reuben Reid but he was denied by a fantastic covering tackle by Pablo Mills.
With 30 minutes on the clock Bury had a chance to extend their lead to three goals but Nicky Adams’ effort was just past the post. Danny Rose chased down the ball after Plymouth skipper Curtis Nelson misjudged the flight of the ball and he squared it for Adams but his effort was slightly off target.
Three minutes before the interval Plymouth had another chance to reduce Bury’s lead but Shakers skipper Jim McNulty was superbly positioned to fling himself in front of Deane Smalley’ effort and block the shot away from danger.
Bury started the second half in similar fashion to the first and created two half chances within the opening four minutes. First Nicky Adams rounded two players before firing past the post and then Danny Mayor was denied by the legs of Luke McCormick.
Plymouth were handed a lifeline in the 66th minute when referee James Adcock, after consultation with his linesman, awarded a penalty after Pablo Mills fouled Reuben Reid on the edge of the area. Reid took the penalty himself and sent Rob Lainton the wrong way to reduce the deficit.
Another penalty appeal, led by goalscorer Reid and Marvin Morgan, followed six minutes later after Nathan Cameron guided the ball back to Lainton but referee Adcock waved play on with Reid being booked for his protests.
Danny Nardiello was brought on to replace Danny Rose in the 72nd minute but his game was cut short ten minutes later when a reoccurrence of his groin injury that kept him out of the Luton match forced him off and left the Shakers with 10 men for the final few minutes.
The Pilgrims had a chance to equalise late on after Kelvin Mellor drilled a low shot towards goal but Reid couldn’t apply the finish and cleared the ball away from danger instead of placing it in the back of the net.
The final whistle sounded shortly after that and made it three league games unbeaten for Bury ahead of next week’s Lancashire derby with Accrington Stanley at the JD Stadium