Shakers March On
The Shakers made it seven league games unbeaten with another dominating performance against Stevenage at the JD Stadium on Tuesday night.
In front of a 2,638 crowd, an unstoppable free kick from Ryan Lowe and a close range effort from Craig Jones sealed the three points to set up a top of the table clash against Burton Albion on Saturday.
David Flitcroft made one change from the side that beat Carlisle on Saturday with Andrew Tutte being replaced by Ryan Lowe and the change also saw a change in system with the Shakers returning to their usual 3-4-1-2.
The first twenty minutes of the game were played at a high tempo with some great football on show from both teams and it was the away side who took the lead in the 10th minute. Pablo Mills was dispossessed by Adam Marriott and the 23 year old raced into the area before firing through the legs of Rob Lainton to give Stevenage the lead.
Bury reacted well to going behind and were level inside three minutes with a superb free kick from Ryan Lowe. He added his second in as many games with an unstoppable effort from 25 yards out that flew past the despairing dive of Sam Beasant, the son of former Wimbledon goalkeeper Dave Beasant.
The lively action continued with three chances, two for Bury and one for Stevenage, occurring between the 18th and 20th minute. First, a flowing move saw Craig Jones feed the ball to Tom Soares but his effort was blocked before Nathan Cameron cleared an effort from Charlie Lee almost on the line. Sam Beasant was then called into action as he pulled off a good save to tip Danny Mayor’s effort around the post.
Beasant pulled off another good save with 36 minutes played after Ryan Lowe broke the offside trap after being released by Kelvin Etuhu. The former Woking goalkeeper stayed on his feet until the last minute and tipped Lowe’s effort over the bar and out for a corner which came to nothing.
The action packed first half cooled down in the final ten minutes with the only noteworthy action coming a few minutes before the interval with Danny Mayor getting booked for a foul on Tom Conlon.
The second half saw Bury attack from the off and it wasn’t long until the pressure paid off with the Shakers taking the lead in the 48th minute. Danny Rose beat his man on the left hand side before drilling the ball across the face of goal for Craig Jones to tap in at the back post to move Bury up to 2nd place in League Two.
Seventeen minutes after the Shakers’ second goal, Stevenage had a chance to level but Rob Lainton saved well from Charlie Lee’s header and the danger was cleared. It was then the turn of his opposite number to keep Stevenage in the game when he denied Pablo Mills from close range in the 79th minute.
Stevenage brought on Ryan Johnson with ten minutes left and he entered the pitch with no number on the back of his shirt but it wasn’t long until he found himself in the referee’s bad books and earned himself a yellow card two minutes after coming on.
With five minutes of added time at the end of the second half, Bury pushed for a goal that would seal the three points but Johnson put a stop to a counter attack after pulling back Craig Jones to earn himself an early bath just thirteen minutes after coming on.
The full time whistle sounded shortly after the red card and meant that Bury are now seven league games unbeaten heading into Saturday’s top of the table clash with Burton Albion at the JD Stadium.