Shakers suffer defeat at Whaddon Road
Bury’s six match unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Cheltenham at the Abbey Business Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A late Byron Harrison goal sunk the Shakers, who took the lead early on when Clive Platt scored his first goal in white and blue.
Manager David Flitcroft made one change to the starting eleven that played Mansfield on Tuesday night with Tommy Miller coming in for Chris Sedgwick. There was also a change on the bench with new signing Lewis Young taking the place of Anthony Dudley.
The game started with a very slow tempo with the majority of the game being played in the midfield and neither team creating any real chance to open the scoring.
It wasn’t until the 15th minute when the first real chance of the game occurred and it turned into the opening goal of the game. Craig Jones picked out Danny Nardiello on the right hand side of the area and after some fancy footwork he picked out Clive Platt with a driven cross. Platt beat his man to the ball and flicked into the back of the net for his first goal for the club.
GOAL: Cheltenham 0-1 Bury (Clive Platt 15)
Bury’s lead didn’t last long though as Cheltenham equalised within two minutes through Ashley Vincent. He received the ball on the edge of the area and made room for a shot on the angle which squeezed under the body of Brian Jensen and into the back of the net.
GOAL: Cheltenham 1-1 Bury (Ashley Vincent 17)
Both teams were lacking the cutting edge in the final third to get another goal before the half time whistle with Jake Carroll going closest for Bury with a fantastic spin and volley on the edge of the area which took a deflection and out for a corner.
Craig Jones was forced off with an injury in the 36th minute, which was later confirmed as a tight hamstring by David Flitcroft, and was replaced by Chris Sedgwick.
As three minutes of added time were signalled at the end of the first half Danny Nardiello went close with a header but it flashed past the post and out for a goal kick.
The Shakers started the second half brightly with the main chances coming from phases of play involving Danny Mayor. First he set up Danny Nardiello but he couldn’t get a clean connection on the cross before he darted past Matt Richards and stung the palms of Scott Brown, diving to his left.
Jim McNulty became the first Bury player to receive a yellow card in the 51st minute and from the resulting free kick Brian Jensen made a good save from a Sam Deering shot before Troy Brown missed from four yards offside, not that it mattered as he was ruled offside.
Five minutes later Bury had an appeal for a penalty turned down when Nardiello was held back in the penalty area but referee Andy Woolmer gave nothing and Nardiello poked his shot wide of the post.
Byron Harrison was introduced into the game just after the hour mark and tested Brian Jensen within five minutes of coming on. Michael Ihiekwe swung the ball in from the right and Harrison thought his header was nestling in the corner but Jensen met it with a strong hand and palmed away for a corner.
Bury made their final two subs within ten minutes of each other as Anton Forrester replaced Clive Platt before Lewis Young was brought on for his debut in the place of Tommy Miller.
Cheltenham’s winner came nine minutes from time when Jermaine McGlashan drove a low cross into the area and Byron Harrison stabbed the ball home from six yards out to give Cheltenham the lead.
GOAL: Cheltenham 2-1 Bury (Byron Harrison 81)
Four minutes of added time were indicated by the fourth official and Cheltenham looked for a third goal but once again Jensen was on hand to deny Harrison, this time from point blank range.
The final half chance of the game fell to Bury though as Anton Forrester picked out Danny Nardiello but his left footed volley went wide of Scott Brown’s right post.
The result brings an end to Bury’s unbeaten run since the 4th January and sets up an interesting tie next week as the Shakers take on local rivals Rochdale live on Sky on Friday night.
Bury: Jensen, Veseli, Mills, McNulty, Jones (Sedgwick 36), Miller (Young 78), Tutte, Carroll, Mayor, Nardiello, Platt (Forrester 68)
Subs not used: Charles-Cook, Hinds, Procter, Burke