Young Shakers impress at Stainton Park
Bury kicked off their pre-season campaign with a dominant win against Radcliffe Borough at Stainton Park on Wednesday evening.
The Shakers took a fairly young squad for their opening pre-season fixture with only four first team players on show in the form of Nathan Cameron, James Burke, Keil O’Brien and Ashley Grimes. The rest of the team featured trialists and youth team players, two of which were part of the squad that took on Morecambe on the final day of last season in Scott Burgess and Marcus Poscha.
Bury took the lead early on through a peach of a goal by James Burke, in a new role as part of a three man midfield. The former Huddersfield man picked the ball up around 25 yards from goal and struck a ferocious shot into the back of the net leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.
Following the opening goal the game was mainly played in the middle of the park with the midfield trio of Ashley Grimes, Rob Bourne and James Burke seeing plenty of the ball. New Signing Kiel O’Brien looked like he picked up an injury with 30 minutes gone and David Flitcroft took no risks by replacing him with Ben Potter.
The first half had very few chances and it wasn’t until the 44th minute that the Bury goalkeeper was tested. Luke Simpson, a former Bury academy goalkeeper before moving to Oldham, pulled off a camera save as he acrobatically tipped over an effort for a corner which came to nothing.
HT: Radcliffe Borough 0-1 Bury
The Shakers came out for the second half with a determined attitude and within 10 minutes of the restart Ashley Grimes had a brace to his name. The first came from a cut back from trialist Joe Widdowson, a player Grimes had played with at Rochdale, with the second an impressive finish with the assist coming from Anthony Dudley.
Two minutes later a bizarre substitution occurred as Dudley was replaced by physio Tom Walsh, who went on to play upfront.
As the minutes ticked by Radcliffe Borough started to create more opportunities and came close to a consolation in the 60th minute when they hit the post. However they pulled a goal back four minutes later when their striker Michael McGinley, son of former Shaker John McGinlay, fired in from the edge of the six yard area.
The Bury victory was sealed with eight minutes left after a magnificent individual effort from a trialist Anthony Laus, currently on trial with the Youth Team after leaving Sunderlands academy. He took the ball from the halfway line and drove towards the Radcliffe Borough defence, took on three players before firing under the goalkeeper.