Shakers advance into JPT QF with a 3-1 win against Morecambe
Bury marched into the Northern Quarter Final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with an impressive performance against Morecambe on Tuesday night.
A brace from Danny Nardiello and a late Ryan Lowe goal sealed the progression in a 3-1 win at the JD Stadium.
David Flitcroft made four changes to the side that beat Tranmere at the weekend with Chris Sedgwick, Danny Mayor, Chris Hussey and Danny Nardiello coming in for Kelvin Etuhu, Tom Soares, Jim McNulty and Ryan Lowe.
The Shakers could have been ahead within the opening minute when Nicky Adams broke the offside trap from a Danny Rose through ball. Adams was in acres of space himself but decided to try and cut it back to incoming Danny Nardiello, only for Morecambe to recover and scramble the ball away.
Bury continued their impressive start by creating two further chances in two minutes starting in the 5th minute. First, Craig Jones played in Danny Nardiello, who dinked the ball over the onrushing Barry Roche but defender Ryan Edwards was in the right place at the right time and cleared the danger. The former Blackburn defender was involved again two minutes later when he threw himself in front of a close range Nicky Adams shot to keep the scores level.
The pressure finally paid off in the 13th minute when Bury were awarded a penalty after former loanee Shaun Beeley handled on the ground. Danny Nardiello stepped up to take the spot kick and placed the ball into the bottom corner past the dive of Barry Roche to make it 1-0.
Following the goal Morecambe tried to push more men forward in search of an equaliser but couldn’t find the back of the net with Andrew Fleming wasting a free header whilst Jack Redshaw was denied by a combination of Craig Jones and Chris Hussey.
Bury double their lead in the 40th minute as Nardiello bagged his second of the game following some nifty footwork from Nicky Adams. The former Leicester midfielder skipped past Ryan Edwards with ease before squaring to Nardiello, who had an easy finish from a yard out to double the advantage close to the half time break.
Adams could have had a goal himself two minutes before half time but his shot was over the bar after taking the ball from the halfway line and working a shot away at goal.
HT: Bury 2-0 Morecambe
Neither side created an opportunity inside the opening fifteen minutes of the second half before Ryan Williams tested Shwan Jalal with a long range free kick which was gathered at the second attempt.
Morecambe pulled a goal back in the 74th minute through former Shakers right back Shaun Beeley after he was picked out in the area by Tom McCready. He took one touch to set himself before curling an effort past the dive of Shwan Jalal into the bottom corner to set up a tight finish.
Ryan Lowe had a chance to seal the game with eight minutes left but he was unable to keep his effort down and he fired just over the bar from ten yards out.
Free kick specialist Williams nearly equalised for the Shrimps with five minutes left if his effort was a few yards to the left. The midfielder, who scored a 30 yard free kick at the JD Stadium last October, tried his luck again from long range and saw his effort crash against the post and bounce away from danger.
Four minutes of added time were signalled at the end of the second half and Morecambe had a penalty appeal turned down as the board went up before the Shakers secured the game with two minutes left. Barry Roche slid out of his area and lost control of the ball under pressure from Ryan Lowe and that allowed the former Tranmere striker to slide the ball into the empty net to send Bury into the Northern Quarter Final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The draw for the next round of the JPT will take place this Satuday live on Soccer AM and the Shakers will face one of the following sides with the game to be played on the week commencing 10th November:
Preston North End