Bury FC Youth v Accrington Stanley Youth
Venue – Lower Gigg
Bury FC youth team entertained Accrington Stanley’s youth team at Lower Gigg on Saturday. The young Shakers were trying to get back to winning ways after their midweek defeat to local rivals Rochdale.
Bury started the game in a lively fashion and forced a corner in the opening minute after some bright play from Scott Burgess. Full - back Matty Cook met with the corner ball inside the Accrington box and fired a volley, but his effort was evaded by the visitors cross bar.
The Shakers started to dominate possession early on, they moved the ball well across the pitch whilst looking to finish off their fine approach play with the right pass or shot.
Under 16 full - back Sam Gibson proved to be a real threat on the overlap and his well - timed cross into the 6 yard box was somehow scrambled away by the Accrington defence.
Some excellent play between the Navid Nasseri and Scott Burgess lead to Anthony Dudley firing narrowly over the Accrington bar from 20 yards out.
Bury tried in vain to break down the resolute Accrington side and score the elusive goal their dominance deserved, in what was to be a one sided first – half.
Half – Time: Bury 0 – Accrington Stanley 0
The second - half continued in similar fashion as Bury moved the ball across the pitch comfortably without finding the necessary quality on the final pass.
Nasseri; who was recently called up on International duty for Iran, found himself in a good position just outside the Accrington area but his shot blazed wide of the far post.
A spell of good play down the left between play makers Gibson and Burgess sent the Bury forward through in the area, only for him to see his low cross find the arms of the visitors keeper.
Shortly after, Dudley was played through down the wing, but his final cross into the box was smothered once again by Stanley’s keeper.
Bury continued to push for the opening goal to break the deadlock, which their performance merited.
The young Shakers were limiting Accrington to the odd isolated counter attack which for the most part was dealt with well by Shakers Marcus Poscha and Ben Potter.
Bury went close with some great approach work from Matty Cook which lead to him shooting from inside the area only to watch his powerful strike go agonisingly wide of the far post.
On the 88 minute mark Bury forced another corner which was met by the head of Matty Cook who finished well by flicking down past the Accrington Keeper, unfortunately Bury’s joy was short lived as the referee somehow spotted a push at the far post and much to the amazement of both teams the goal was disallowed.
Bury threw everything they had at the visitors in dying seconds of the game; sub George Miller was played through down the right hand side of the box and fired in a fine shot which just trickled just wide of the post.
Bury were left frustrated by a hard working Stanley side and but could come away with heart from the style of football that they produced, but they must make some improvements on their quality in the final third.
Full – Time: Bury 0 – Accrington Stanley 0
Team - Barber, Cook, Gibson, Potter, Poscha, Cliffe, Burgess, Bickett, Dudley, Dickinson, Nasseri.
Subs- Willis, Brown, Bourne, Miller, Williams
Subbed-Nasseri – Miller 70mins
Dickinson - Bourne 74mins.