Shakers move to top spot after another win
Bury moved to the top of SkyBet League Two with a scintillating performance against Burton Albion.
A second half brace from Danny Nardiello and one from strike partner Ryan Lowe was enough to secure the three points and replace the Brewers at the summit of the league.
David Flitcroft named an unchanged side from the win against Stevenage on Tuesday night with Danny Rose and Ryan Lowe continuing upfront.
The Shakers dominated the majority of the first half and were on the front foot inside six minutes. Nicky Adams took a short corner and floated the ball to the back post. Pablo Mills rose to meet the ball but his header was over the bar and out for a goal kick.
Burton, lining up in a defensive 4-5-1 formation, showed glimpses of why they were top of the league in the first half but couldn't find a way past their former loanee Rob Lainton. John Mousinho fired a fierce free kick wide before Robbie Weir tested Lainton from long range.
The best chance of the first half fell to Tom Soares after some good work from Craig Jones on the far side. He cut in off the wing and fed the ball to Danny Rose, who stabbed it goalwards. Soares attempted to divert it goalwards but accidentally cleared the ball instead.
With Bury dominating possession it was only a matter of time before another chance was created. It came just before half time when Ryan Lowe released Craig Jones into the area but his shot flashed across the face of goal.
David Flitcroft made a change at half time introducing Danny Nardiello in the place of Danny Rose and the former Exeter man made an instant impact. Danny Mayor carved open the defence with a powerful run before getting a shot away. His effort was straight into the path of Nardiello and he applied the finish with his first touch.
Burton goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin prevented Bury doubling the lead three minutes later when he produced a smart save to deny Ryan Lowe.
He couldn't prevent the score line changing to 2-0 in the 57th minute when the ball spiraled into the air following a 50/50 tackle between Nicky Adams and Robbie Weir. The ball bounced between the defence and McLaughlin and Ryan Lowe got the bottom of his boot to it to extend the advantage to two goals.
The Brewers had a chance to equalise in the 65th minute but Stuart Beavon headed over from Jacob Blyth's cross. They were punished for their miss as Bury made it 3-0 just a minute later.
Shane Cansdell-Sheriff and Jon McLaughlin got muddled up at the back and the defender's back pass ended up almost being an own goal until Nardiello forced it over the line under pressure from McLaughlin.
As the clock ticked into the 80th minute the Shakers could have added a fourth but Danny Mayor fired wide before Nardiello was denied a hat trick by the legs of McLaughlin.
Burton added a consolation late on through Jacob Blyth. Stuart Beavon put a ball into the box and powered a free header into the back of the net.
Six minutes of added time were signaled at the end of the second half and Bury held on for the three points to send them to the top of the league for the first time this season.