Shakers dominant and clinical at Sixfields
Bury claimed their first win in eight games on Saturday afternoon after being Northampton Town 3-0 at the Sixfields Stadium.
Goals from new loan signings Hallum Hope and Danny Rose, as well as a long range effort from Danny Mayor, secured the three points for the Shakers as they moved seven points clear of the relegation zone.
There was a change to the starting eleven from the Newport game as Hallum Hope, who joined on loan from Everton on Friday, came in for Clive Platt. Fellow Deadline Day loan signing Danny Rose took his place on the bench as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro had been recalled by Tranmere.
It was Hallum Hope who helped create the first chance of the game for Bury as he squared the ball across the six yard area, though the ball was cleared by Evan Horwood. However the clearance went straight to Danny Nardiello on the edge of the area and he tried to curl it into the far corner but Matt Duke claimed it easily.
Six minutes later Bury scored the opening goal of the game as Hallum Hope opened his account for the Shakers. Danny Mayor took the ball to the byline and drilled it across the box and Hope met it at the near post to head in against his former loan club.
GOAL: Northampton 0-1 Bury (Hallum Hope 18)
Northampton came very close to an equaliser in the 29th minute but John Marquis was denied by the post after skipping past Frederic Veseli and unleashing a strike towards the far corner.
The Cobblers were starting to get into the game more as the first half progressed but Bury made the most of their attacking opportunities and extended their lead in the 35th minute. Danny Mayor came in off the left wing and took on two players before striking the ball towards goal. It took a massive deflection off a Northampton player and looped over Matt Duke to make it 2-0.
GOAL: Northampton 0-2 Bury (Danny Mayor 35)
The final chance of the first half nearly ended up with a second goal for Hallum Hope but he couldn’t direct the ball goal wards after beating his man to the ball from a Craig Jones cross on the far side.
HT: Northampton 0-2 Bury
Hope was a thorn in the side of the Northampton defence all afternoon and created a goalscoring opportunity through his work rate and determination three minutes into the second half. He easily dispossessed Zander Diamond on the edge of the area but his shot flashed wide of the post.
A minute later David Flitcroft made his first change of the afternoon when Andy Procter was brought on for Danny Mayor. Flitcroft later confirmed that Mayor was suffering from sickness and was nearly sick whilst out on the pitch.
The game was an end to end affair with the majority of the game being played in the middle of the park with the ball and hardly any chances created.
Bury made their two final subs within four minutes of each other as, first, Danny Rose replaced Danny Nardiello and Clive Platt came on for Hallum Hope.
Rose was involved in the action straight away as he was picked out with a perfectly weighted through ball by Andy Procter. However the Barnsley loanee was denied by Matt Duke at the front post and Andrew Tutte couldn’t get a good connection on the rebound.
With ten minutes to go Brian Jensen made a world class save to keep out Gary Deegan. Ben Tozer launched a long throw into the box and Deegan met it with a left footed volley from six yards out that Jensen saved low down and almost on the line, a fantastic reflex save.
The three points were secured during the four minutes of additional time after a defensive mistake by Evan Horwood and Matt Duke. Horwood played the ball back to Duke at a great height and Duke completely missed the ball under pressure from Danny Rose. With Duke left beaten it was an easy finish for Rose who walked the ball into the net to make it 3-0 to Bury.
The result sees Bury move up to 18th in SkyBet League Two and seven points clear of the relegation zone. A win on Tuesday night against Bristol Rovers could see the Shakers move up to 12th in the league.
Bury: Jensen,Hussey, McNulty, Mills, Veseli, Mayor (Procter 49), Sedgwick, Tutte, Jones, Nardiello (Rose 68), Hope (Platt 72)