Shakers defeated at the AJ Bell Stadium
Bury 1-3 Sheffield Wednesday
Bury suffered defeat at the hands of Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on Friday evening at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Danny Nardiello scored his first of pre-season in a 3-1 defeat as the Shakers wore their new home kit for the first time.
Sheffield Wednesday took the lead early on through Jacques Maghoma after a clever reverse pass from Caolan Lavery. Maghoma took a couple of touches before firing into the corner of the net past Shwan Jalal and Wednesday had the advantage.
Ten minutes later Jalal was forced into action after a shot from Keiran Lee. The former Bournemouth goalkeeper made a smart save down to his left after Lee found some room in the area to get a shot away.
Bury got an equaliser with five minutes to play of the first half when Danny Nardiello poked home from close range. Chris Hussey whipped a free kick to the back post and Nardiello tapped in almost on the line for his first goal of pre-season.
Nardiello nearly had a 2nd before the half time whistle went but Sheffield Wednesday’ new goalkeeper Keiran Westwood made a fantastic save to tip his effort around the post and out for a corner.
Sheffield Wednesday added a second inside ten minutes of the restart when 6’5 Atdhe Nuhui headed in from a Michail Antonio free kick. Nuhui beat his man in the air and saw his header fly in off the bar to give Jalal no chance of saving it.
Following the goal David Flitcroft made his first change of the night when trialist, and former Bury player, Peter Sweeney was brought on for Chris Sedgwick.
With it being pre-season both sides were making plenty of changes to get players minutes on the pitch ahead of the big kick off and Flitcroft made two changes in two minutes as Keil O’Brien and trialist Joe Thompson replaced Pablo Mills and Danny Nardiello.
Nicky Adams, back in a Bury shirt for the first time in front of the fans, had a chance to pull a goal back for the Shakers with 72 minutes gone but his shot went over the bar. Craig Jones raced to the byline and pulled it back for Adams but he leant back too far and saw his shot fly over the bar and out for a goal kick.
The Owls sealed the victory with ten minutes to go when former Bury loanee Giles Coke fired in from the edge of the area after being set up by Michail Antonio.
The final whistle followed shortly after and signalled defeat for the Shakers but pre-season is more about minutes on the pitch ahead of the result. Bury are back in action tomorrow as they send a mixed side to Salford City before heading out to Tenerife for a week of warm weather training plus a game against CD Marino.