Shakers stunned after two second half Morecambe goals
Bury lost for their first time in five games on Monday afternoon, going down 2-1 against Morecambe at the JD Stadium.
Tom Eaves added his first goal for the club to put the Shakers into the lead before second half goals from Padraig Amond and Paul Mullin secured the three points for the away side.
David Flitcroft made one change from the side that beat Cambridge United on Good Friday, bringing Danny Nardiello into the starting eleven for Ryan Lowe with the former Tranmere striker taking his place on the bench.
Bury dominated the opening of the game and their efforts were rewarded in the 17thminute. Tom Soares attacked towards the byline and crossed into the area for Danny Nardiello. His header was partially saved by Danny Ward before Tom Eaves poked home from close range for his first goal in Bury colours to give the Shakers the lead.
Morecambe goalkeeper Ward was then in action twice in as many minutes as he denied both Danny Mayor and Nardiello. First, the Liverpool loanee dived low to his left to tip Mayor’s effort around the post before acrobatically tipping over Nardiello’s shot on the turn to keep the score at 1-0.
After the flurry of chances in the opening twenty-five minutes, the game calmed down as Bury controlled possession to continually pull the Morecambe defence apart. The best chance to add a second came in the 43rdminute as Nardiello played a clever reverse pass to Tom Soares, who tried to square to Eaves but was denied by a goal saving challenge from former Bury defender Andy Parrish.
The away side created one final chance before the half time whistle when Andrew Fleming cut back for Jack Redshaw, but he couldn't get his effort on target under heavy pressure from Nathan Cameron.
The Shakers continued their pressure early in the second half and created a chance within five minutes of the restart. Craig Jones cut in off the right wing and took the ball past three players before getting a shot away that was saved by Ward at the second attempt.
Ryan Lowe was brought on to replace Danny Nardiello in the 58th minute and he had the ball in the back of the net five minutes later but was in an offside position so the goal was ruled out.
The chances continued to flow for the home side and came close to a second goal on two occasions. First, Chris Hussey a low cross into the six yard area but the ball got stuck under Craig Jones' feet before Nathan Cameron headed narrowly over from a Hussey corner.
The former Burton defender nearly added a second Shakers goal in the 75th minute as his free kick had to be tipped over by the back pedalling Danny Ward.
Morecambe equalised against the run of play four minutes later as Padraig Among levelled the scores three minutes after coming on. Jack Redshaw sent the substitute clear of the Bury defence and he slotted home to make it 1-1, despite the best efforts of Nick Pope.
Redshaw was withdrawn from the game in the 83rd minute as he was replaced by Paul Mullin and it was Mullin who secured the win for the Shrimps. Nick Pope's clearance was straight at Jamie Devitt, who shot first time and Mullin made sure it hit the back of the net as it trickled towards the line.
Bury pushed for an equaliser late on but couldn't find a way past Danny Ward in the Morecambe goal. Adam El-Abd, Ryan Lowe and Danny Mayor all came close to a leveller but it was Morecambe who took all three points as Bury lost for the first time in five games.
Up next is a trip to South Wales on Saturday to take on Newport County at Rodney Parade, 3pm kick off.