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Shakers Sail past Pompey

18 October 2014

Three points - Three goals and a clean sheet

Bury moved up to 2nd in SkyBet League Two with a convincing 3-0!win over Portsmouth at the JD Stadium on Saturday afternoon.


Goals from Danny Mayor, Ryan Lowe and Danny Rose secured the three points for the Shakers, who are now two points behind leaders Wycombe.


David Flitcroft made two changes to the side that lost against AFC Wimbledon last Saturday with a Rob Lainton replacing Shwan Jalal in goal and Danny Rose coming in for Danny Nardiello in attack.


Bury started on the front foot and came close to opening the scoring in the 4th minute but Ryan Lowe's free kick flew just past the outside of Paul Jones' post.


It wasn't long until the early pressure paid off as the Shakers took the lead with a potential goal of the season candidate from Danny Mayor. He cut past Nigel Atangana on the edge of the area before firing the ball into the back of the net off the underside of the bar for his second goal in as many games.


Portsmouth nearly equalised straight away when Michael Drennan brought the ball down just outside the area with an exquisite first touch but his effort was too high and went over Rob Lainton's bar.


Following the flurry of early chances the game calmed down with Bury dominating the possession. Ryan Lowe had a chance to extend the lead from Danny Rose's cross but he got his feet mixed up and the danger was clear.


The former Tranmere striker soon recovered though and was on hand to head in from close range to extend the lead a minute before half time. Pablo Mills floated the ball to the back post and Nicky Adams showed great athleticism to acrobatically square for Lowe to head in for 2-0.


Portsmouth changed shape at half time with Andy Awford bringing on Ricky Holmes and Ben Close for Nigel Atangana and Alex Wynter with the away side switching to a diamond 4-4-2.


The change in formation allowed Pompey to throw more bodies forward and it was substitute Holmes who tested Rob Lainton for the first time in the game with a shot from twenty yards.


However it wasn't long until Bury extended their advantage to three goals in the 60th minute. Nathan Cameron intercepted a pass in front of the dugouts and fed Ryan Lowe, who spun his marker with ease. The 36 year old spotted the run of fellow strike partner Danny Rose and the former Barnsley man applied the finish from six yards out to cap off a spell of liquid football from the home side.


Lowe and Rose were withdrawn in the 63rd and the 67th minute respectively but the damage was already done and Bury saw out the game comfortably without any major problems.


The closest Portsmouth came to a consolation goal came with eighteen minutes to play when Jim McNulty threw himself of a Jed Wallace shot to keep a clean sheet.


The result sees Bury move back up to 2nd in the league and two points behind leaders Wycombe ahead of Tuesday's trip to Shrewsbury. 

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