Bury under-18s were defeated in an entertaining game at the JD on Tuesday night.
Bury Youth Team were beaten by a tough Wigan Athletic side, 3-2 at the JD Stadium last night in their rescheduled Youth Alliance – North West league match.
The game was an important fixture for both sides, seeing second placed Bury face third placed Wigan Athletic, in a title clash.
This was evident to see, with both sides battling for the result, in an entertaining affair.
The Shakers started the game well creating a number of chances in the first 5 minutes.
The first of these was on the second minute when Marcus Poscha’s ball up-field was scuffed by Josh Gregory into the path of George Miller who was able to make a good run into the box, but his shot went just over the bar.
A minute later the youngsters had another good chance this time with Sam Gibson making a good run down the left and cutting inside for Brayden Shaw whose shot was off target.
Wigan had their first chance of the game on 7 minutes when Callum Lang cut into the Bury box, but his subsequent shot was blocked by Poscha and then cleared.
Bury carried on dominating the game, with Brayden Shaw making a great run down the right wing and cutting inside late but his shot from a tight angle was cut out by Owen Evans in the Latics goal.
Scott Burgess ended a good team move by the Shakers from a free-kick with a low shot from 20 yard out which fell straight into a grateful Evans’ arms.
1-0 The young Shakers took the lead on 20 minutes with a superb strike from Scott Burgess. The midfielder, while in motion, took a shot from 20 yards out which rattled past Evans and straight into the bottom corner of the net.
6 minutes later another good chance fell for the Shakers, this time George Miller’s pace gave the striker a good chance to get the ball in the net, but from a tight angle his shot went past the far post.
1-1 Wigan equalised against the run of play on 28 minutes when an un-cleared free-kick fell to Callum Lang on the edge of the box and his excellent shot flew past Jack Ruddy into the top corner.
Wigan started to get into the game after their equaliser and on the stroke of half time they took the lead.
1-2 Josh Gregory’s free-kick on the left side of the Bury box gave Wigan Athletic the lead on 46 minutes, to make sure Wigan went into the break ahead.
Bury came out strong in the second half having a number of chances, including a shot for Brayden Shaw which took a deflection to make it loop onto the top netting.
Bury had another great chance to get the equaliser on 53 minutes when Anthony Dudley had a chance to pounce on a ball in the box, but Evans was there to close the prolific striker down.
2-2 After probing for a large period, Scott Burgess got Bury their just reward on 62 minutes with a deflected goal after a good run into the box.
Jack Ruddy did well to deny an on-running Adrian Purzycki with a reaction save, after the winger shot from just within the box at an angle.
2-3 On 69 minutes Wigan got what turned out to be the winning goal after having a good spell of possession. A corner came in which was cleared off the goal-line, but only as far as Reece McNally who stuck it in the back of the net.
Bury were determined not to lose their great run of unbeaten games, and went on the offensive with a large number of chances until the final whistle, but they couldn’t make them pay.
The back room staff were incredibly proud of the team after the performance they put in, being the better footballing side for the whole 90 minutes.
They will go into their last two game’s knowing it’s still all to play for at the top of the table.
Bury: Ruddy, Potter (Crosdale 87), Gibson, Bourne, Poscha (Capt), Foulds, Miller, Burgess, Dudley, Mohamed, Shaw
Unused Subs: Kimmins, Williams, Durham, Turner
Latics: Evans, Baxendale, Lambert, Gregory (Randell 90+1), Harrison, McNally, Lang (Merrie 82), Purzycki, Barrigan, Robles (Capt), Lingard
Unused Subs: Jackson, Bannister, Stubbs
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