Bury FC youth team went top of the table after a fantastic win over Rochdale on Saturday.
In the Football League Youth Alliance North West league Bury moved to the top of the table after a 4-0 win against local rivals Rochdale in tough conditions. It was an important match for both teams as 2nd placed Bury entertained 3rd placed neighbours Rochdale in a top of the table clash, with both teams in good form this was more than just a derby.
The Shakers started the game brightly and it only took 3 minutes to get a sight on the Rochdale goal when good play between Brayden Shaw and the teams top scorer Anthony Dudley, enabled the latter a chance to finish from 8 yards only to see his goal bound effort cleared from danger by a last ditch block.
Bury continued to dominate the opening proceedings and broke the deadlock, when the visitors were caught out with a Bury short corner, Jake Durham’s cross was fumbled by the Rochdale keeper and Marcus Poscha was on hand to tap home from 6 yards.
With the conditions getting increasingly worse both teams were being tested by the elements, Bury relished the challenge and increased their lead when a deep Sam Gibson free kick wasn't cleared by the visitors and Raquarn Crosdale was on hand to finish from close range at the back post.
With the home defence repelling any Rochdale attacks Bury started to control proceedings, which helped Bury go into the interval 3-0 up after Durham completed a great build up play by the squad with a tremendous finish into the back of the net.
The 2nd half started and continued in similar fashion with Bury showing an incredible work rate and a tremendous will to win, with Shaw and Dudley linking well up front it was from the strike force that goal number 4 arrived when Dudley drove forward and sent Brayden Shaw clean through on goal, Shaw showed great composure to finish well from 18 yards past the advancing keeper.
Bury kept driving forward on a pitch that was covered in ice and slush and continued to dominate possession. Gibson warmed the keepers hands when his ferocious 25yard thunderbolt was brilliantly tipped over by the visitors keeper, numerous other chances were created by a team in fine form.
This was an outstanding display in horrendous conditions, the effort and commitment showed by the whole team was incredible and Bury thoroughly deserved their derby victory and position of league leaders.