Bury started the New Year with an impressive 3-0 victory over Hartlepool at Victoria Park to give them their second away win of the season.
Goals from Danny Mayor, Danny Nardiello and Richard Hinds secured the win and it is the first victory away from home since the 26th October when the Shakers beat Wycombe at Adams Park.
David Flitcroft gave debuts to Frederic Veseli and James Burke, the latter making his professional debut, in the places of Dean Howell and Gareth Roberts whilst Craig Jones returned to the bench after a spell out of the team with a groin injury.
Burke made an impressive start to the game and was involved in the first minute as he caught up with Luke James and produced an impeccably timed tackle in the box to prevent a goalscoring opportunity.
Two minutes after the tackle Hartlepool won a corner and nearly scored off it but the effort was blocked by their own player. Jonathan Franks whipped the ball in and Brad Walker met it on the volley which was cleared from danger by the back of Luke James in front of Brian Jensen.
Bury took the lead in the 5th minute when Danny Mayor picked the ball up in midfield and took it past a Hartlepool player. He struck a powerful effort from outside the area that was swerving in the air and Scott Flinders couldn’t prevent it from hitting the back of the net.
GOAL: Hartlepool 0-1 Bury (Danny Mayor 5)
The Shakers extended their lead to two goals in the 12th minute and Mayor played a huge part in the goal again. He found himself unmarked in the Hartlepool half again and played a superbly weighted pass down the line that split the left back and centre back. Danny Nardiello reached the pass ahead of the onrushing Scott Flinders and poked the ball over him to make the score 2-0 to Bury.
GOAL: Hartlepool 0-2 Bury (Danny Nardiello 12)
Bury didn’t sit back after they extended their lead and piled the pressure on the Hartlepool defence as both Tommy Miller and Anton Forrester went close. Miller had a free kick palmed out by Scott Flinders and Forrester fired just over the bar from inside the area.
Brian Jensen was called into the action in the 36th minute and showed his reactions haven’t changed over the years as he pulled off a point blank save to deny Jack Baldwin from the six yard area.
Jensen was once again in action five minutes later when he was forced to acrobatically tip over James Poole’s deflected shot. Former Bury loanee Poole struck an effort that deflected off the head of Richard Hinds and Jensen had to back pedal quickly before tipping over for a Hartlepool corner.
Half Time: Hartlepool 0-2 Bury
Hartlepool were on the back foot from the second half whistle and Anton Forrester went close in the 48th minute but he dragged his shot wide of the post. Danny Mayor then went closer to a third Bury goal as he created space from himself on the edge of the area before firing against the foot of the post.
The game quietened down after Mayor hit the post with most of the game being played in the middle of the park. David Flitcroft made the first substitution of the game in the 62nd minute when he brought on Craig Jones for Danny Nardiello.
Shaun Harrad was introduced into the game seven minutes later when he replaced Anton Forrester and he was involved in Bury’s third goal in the 75th minute. Harrad lost his man at the back post and set up Richard Hinds from Chris Sedgwick’s free kick. Hinds showed the composure of a striker as he slotted past Flinders into the far corner to secure the three points.
GOAL: Hartlepool 0-3 Bury (Richard Hinds 75)
Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper made a triple sub after the third goal and one of them was in action in the 85th minute. Brad Walker put Antony Sweeney one on one with Brian Jensen but ‘The Beast’ stayed big and blocked his shot before the ball was hooked clear.
Regan Walker was brought on late on in the place of Danny Mayor, who received a standing ovation from the 228 travelling fans for his standout performance, and despite a late flurry of half chances for Hartlepool, Bury saw the game out to ensure a clean sheet and three points to end Hartlepool’s five match unbeaten run in SkyBet League Two.
Final Score: Hartlepool United 0 Bury 3
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