Bury gained the three points at a wet and windy Gigg Lane on Saturday, with a brilliant Danny Mayor goal proving to be the difference between the two sides.
The first half belonged to the Shakers with Danny Mayor being the main thorn in the Spireites side creating chances left right and center in a half when the Shakers hit the post three times.
The Bury goal came on 67 minutes as Mayor weaved in and out of the Chesterfield defence with the ball and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Lee Thomas to give Bury the lead.
In a game with few clear cut chances Daniel Bachmann produced a fine save right at the end of the 90 minutes to deny Ian Evatt and preserve Burys clean sheet and keep the three points at Gigg Lane.
David Flitcroft started a cold and damp afternoon at Gigg Lane by bringing in Tom Pope and Danny Pugh into the starting 11 and Danny Mayor also returned to the starting line-up after being taken off in the recent Emirates FA Cup game against local rivals Rochdale. Anthony Dudley also gained a place on the Shakers bench after a successful loan spell at Conference North side Guiseley. Leon Clarke was side-lined with an intercostal muscle injury; Chris Hussey was out with a virus and Chris Eagles out with a groin injury.
The first clear cut chance of the game fell to the Shakers. A brilliant interception from Nathan Cameron allowed him to play the ball to Joe Dodoo who ran almost the full length of the field and found Danny Rose whose shot went straight at Chesterfield goalkeeper Lee Thomas.
On 12 minutes some superb skill from Danny Mayor beat two Chesterfield players. He delivered the cross into the box and Danny Rose headed but it was blocked by the defender the ball again fell to Joe Dodoo but his shot was blocked again and went out for a Bury Corner.
3 minutes after the Shakers again troubled the Spireites defence as Bury hit the post not once but twice in short succession. Some more clever footwork from Danny Mayor opened up the angle for him to bend a shot in but the ball bounced back off the post it then fell to Tom Soares who shot again but again he was denied by the other post.
Again Danny Mayor continued to cause problems for Chesterfield but again the post came to their rescue. Mayor worked some space outside the box and curled a delightful ball in to Joe Dodoo who drove a ferocious volley onto the post.
Again Bury continued to threaten. A rash challenge from Liam O’Neil led to a free kick for the Shakers, Joe Dodoo whipped it in towards the six yard box and an acrobatic effort from the skipper Nathan Cameron was directed straight at Lee Thomas in the Chesterfield goal.
7 minutes from half time Chesterfield troubled Shakers keeper Bachmann for the first time when Sam Morsy picked the ball up from 25 yards out and hit a peach of a shot towards goal which was flying into the top corner until Daniel Bachmann flew across his goal to palm it away.
The first half completely belonged to the Shakers but they just couldn’t breach the Chesterfield goal after some saves from keeper Lee Thomas and hitting the post three times.
Chesterfield were the team to have the first chance in the second half a short corner fell to Jay O’Shea who drilled a shot low into the hands of Daniel Bachmann.
The Spireites looked like a new side in the second half as they started to put some pressure on the Bury defence. A ball forward from Morsy found its way to Mani Dieseruvwe who weaved in and out of the Bury box but again the shot was fired straight at Bachmann.
Moments later Bury threatened with their first shot of the half as Cameron chested it towards Danny Mayor who took a shot from 25 yards out but went just wide.
Chesterfield substitute Jay O’shea was proving to be an astute move from interim manager Mark Smith as he continued to be the Spireites danger man. As the ball came into him on the edge of the box he released a powerful volley which just dipped over the goal.
67 Minutes in and Bury finally broke the deadlock and Danny Mayor was the man who scored it. He ran into the box dribbling past all who came near him and got into a great one on one position with the Chesterfield goalkeeper Thomas and placed it into the corner out of reach from the goalkeeper a fine goal from the man who was having a brilliant game so far.
O’Shea continued to trouble the Bury defence as he kept the ball until he found an opening on the edge of the area and then fired the ball at goal but Peter Clarke did well to slide in the way of the shot and deflects it over the top of Bachmanns goal for a corner.
Chesterfield continued to push for a goal 5 minutes from time the Spireites crossing the ball into the box whenever they could but Bachmann and man of the match Peter Clarke continued to keep them at bay.
Right at the death Chesterfield had a fantastic chance which fell to Ian Evatt the ball was again crossed in and Evatt shot at goal but an absolutely superb save from Bachmann turned the shot around the post and which would’ve salvaged a point for the Spireites.
That save proved to be crucial as moments later the referee blew his final whistle and the Shakers claimed all three points on a day when Bury were unlucky not to have scored more.