Shakers creating records as the push goes on
Bury set a new club record of consecutive away wins as they secured their seventh in a row with a 1-0 win against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday.
Ryan Lowe’s goal on the stroke of half time secured the three points for the Shakers, who also picked up their first win at Portsmouth since September 1968.
David Flitcroft made one change to the starting eleven that beat Shrewsbury on Tuesday night with Tom Eaves replacing Danny Nardiello, who dropped to the bench. Nicky Adams also returned to the matchday squad to take Hallam Hope’s place on the subs bench.
The first half was an action packed one with Bury creating the first real chance of the game in the 16thminute. Tom Eaves capitalised on a mix-up between Nyron Nosworthy and Adam Webster and looked to be clean through on goal before a last ditch tackle from Webster blocked Eaves’ shot at the last second.
Shakers goalkeeper Nick Pope was tested for the first time eleven minutes later as he had to be alert to prevent Jed Wallace’s effort sneak in the at near post. From the resulting corner, the ball was worked out to Wallace again and he skipped past the challenge of Adam El-Abd before forcing Pope into an impressive one handed save.
At the other end, Nyron Nosworthy was lucky to not score an own goal in the 29thminute. Chris Hussey’s in swinging cross nearly fell for a Bury shirt at the back post and Nosworthy had to slice clear under heavy pressure, only putting the ball a matter of inches past Paul Jones’ post.
Jed Wallace was pulling all the strings for Portsmouth in midfield and found himself denied by Pope once again two minutes later. Craig Westcarr played a lofted ball forward for the 21 year old to latch onto and Pope spread himself well to block his shot and clear the danger.
David Flitcroft made his first change of the game in the 32ndminute as Ryan Lowe replaced Tom Eaves as the lone striker, a decision he later explained as tactical. Shortly after the substitution, Danny Mayor cut in off the left wing and attempted to curl a shot around the defender into the bottom corner, but saw his shot dip just past the outside of the post.
Lowe had an immediate impact on the game as he put Bury ahead on the stroke of half time. The ball was worked out wide to Joe Riley, who sent an inch perfect cross into the six yard area for the unmarked Lowe to head in his 10thof the season to send the 499 travelling Shakers fans at the other end wild.
A minute after the goal, referee James Adcock brought the first half with Bury getting the goal at a crucial time as the home side tried to get a foothold on the game.
Bury exploded out of the traps after the interval and nearly added a second within five minutes of the restart, Chris Hussey going close with a 25 yard free kick that curled narrowly over the Portsmouth bar.
The former Burton full back was then involved in the action again as he burst down the left hand side to receive the ball from Danny Mayor on the overlap, only to see his low cross into the box hacked clear almost on the line by Nicky Shorey.
After a busy first half, Nick Pope was rarely tested in the second forty-five minutes. Jed Wallace managed to find space on the edge of the area on the hour mark but his tame shot was easily saved by the Charlton loanee.
The Shakers were consistently preventing the home side from getting inside their area but they were breached one time in the 79thminute. However, Nick Pope was there to sweep up to claim the ball whilst colliding with Portsmouth skipper Danny Hollands – with the shot stopper requiring some treatment from Tom Walsh on the back of the challenge.
As time ticked down towards the 90thminute, Portsmouth chucked bodies forward in an attempt to get an equaliser with Adam Webster coming closest as he headed wide from ten yards out.
Four minutes of added time were indicated at the end of the second half and the Shakers once again saw it out to claim their seventh consecutive away win in a row to set a new club record, exactly 112 years to the day when they beat Derby County 6-0 in the 1903 FA Cup final.