Three points from Sixfields as Shakers claim a win at last
Bury secured their first away win in over three months with a dominant performance against Northampton on Boxing Day.
Goals from Andrew Tutte, Tom Soares and Danny Mayor sealed the three points in a 3-2 win to ensure a late Christmas gift for all Bury fans.
David Flitcroft made five changes to the team that drew 2-2 with York five days ago with Rob Lainton, Hayden White, Chris Hussey, Tom Soares and Hallam Hope coming into the starting eleven.
Northampton applied pressure on the Bury defence early on with Lawson D'Ath forcing Rob Lainton into an early save before Tom Soares' deep cross clipped the bar before going out for a goal kick.
It was the home side who took the lead in the 6th minute through their captain Marc Richards. The move started Ivan Toney as he turned his man with ease before Nathan Cameron dispossessed him with a sliding tackle. The ball fell kindly to Richards on the edge of the area and he applied the finish with his first touch to make it 1-0 to Northampton.
The opening twenty minutes or so was a constant midfield battle with Kelvin Etuhu and Andrew Tutte dictating the tempo of the game. Bury had a half chance in the 21st minute when a mix up in the Northampton defence allowed Hallam Hope to get a shot away but Matt Duke recovered well to save his effort.
However it wasn't long until the Shakers were level as Andrew Tutte added his second in as many games. The former Manchester City youngster received the ball around 25 yards out and touch a couple of touches to compose himself before firing an effort into the top corner, with Northampton goalkeeper Duke unable to prevent it hitting the back of the net.
Moments before the goal, Danny Nardiello pulled up with a hamstring injury so he was replaced by Ryan Lowe and he nearly added a second goal in the 33rd minute. Hallam Hope attempted to square the ball to him but it was nicked away at the last minute by Gregor Robertson, who nearly diverted the ball into his own net.
Tutte then turned provider shortly before half time as Bury took the lead for the first time in the game. His deep corner was met by the head of Tom Soares, who powered a header past Duke to make it 2-1 in the 45th minute.
The Shakers started the second half with waves of attacking football and their efforts were nearly rewarded almost immediately. Ryan Lowe received the ball on the right hand side of the box and got a shot away but he was denied by a fantastic save from Duke down low to his right.
Bury extended their lead to two goals in the 56th minute when Danny Mayor added his name to the scoresheet. Lowe picked him out at the back post and Mayor composed himself before firing into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Six minutes later both sides were reduced to ten men following an off the ball incident. A Northampton corner was cleared from danger but Hayden White and Ivan Toney became tangled behind the net with play carrying on upfield. However referee Michael Bull soon halted play and produced red cards for both players.
With a defender down, David Flitcroft introduced Craig Jones into the game for Hallam Hope to restore a flat back four and midfield with Tom Soares sliding into right back and Jones further ahead in right midfield.
Northampton reduced the deficit with thirteen minutes to play with a bizarre goal due to the treacherous conditions at Sixfields. With the sleet lashing down and the wind picking up, Chris Hackett's corner swung back over the head of Rob Lainton and into the back of the net to set up a tense final period.
Four minutes of added time were signalled at the end of the second half and Northampton had the final chance of the game but wasted it. A corner was swung to the back post and was met by the free head of defender Gregor Robertson but his effort was well wide of target.
The final whistle followed shortly after and secured Bury's first away win since the 13th September to move them closer to the play-offs ahead of Sunday's game against Mansfield at the JD Stadium.