Shakers slip to Salford City at Moor Lane
Salford City 1-0 Bury
A mixed Bury side featuring first team squad , youth team players and trialists lost 1-0 to Salford City on Saturday afternoon at a wet Moor Lane.
Salford City, watched by both Gary and Phil Neville, scored the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute when Sam Madeley fired in from just inside the area.
Bury started brightly and had two chances early on with both of them falling to Andy Procter. First, Peter Sweeney floated a cross to the back post that was missed by the Salford defence but Procter couldn’t get his header on target. The former Accrington man then dragged a shot wide of the post after being set up by Ashley Grimes.
Salford took the lead with 33 minutes gone when Sam Madeley fired in from just inside the area. He picked the ball up outside the area and turned Marcus Poscha before unleashing a powerful shot towards goal past the dive of Nick Liversedge.
The game had very few chances with neither team testing the goalkeepers much and the half time whistle sounded without another chance.
Sam Gibson was brought on at half time in place of James Burke and slotted in at left back with Joe Widdowson moving up to left midfield.
Similar to the first half, the second had very little noteworthy action but Keil O’Brien did have half a chance in the 57th minute. He charged forward from centre back and, after a deflection, found himself clear of the back four but his shot was seen out for a goal kick by the back pedalling Andy Robertson in the Salford goal.
It was O’Brien who had Bury’s first shot on target in the second half as well with ten minutes to go. He produced a Cantona-esque chip from the edge of the area which forced Robertson into tipping the ball over the bar and out for a corner which was cleared with ease.
The full time whistle sounded shortly after and was a good test for the younger players involved as well as giving David Flitcroft another look at the trialists at the club.