Bury overcome a tricky test as Leon Clarke opens his scoring account and new signing Christian Walton impresses in goal.
A sun-drenched Moss Rose was the venue for Bury’s first pre-season game in front of the fans since gaining promotion to League One.
Bury donned their new home kit as Nathan Cameron took captaincy duties. Recent acquisition, Christian Walton started in goal for the Shakers. Whilst the new strike partnership of Tom Pope and Leon Clarke looked to open their accounts after the squad spent last week in Tenerife as part of their training regime.
Straight away Bury were on the front foot, Chris Hussey putting in a fizzing cross on the third minute that was headed out for a corner. From the resulting set piece on the left-hand side, Danny Mayor received the ball on the edge of the box and fired it straight at ex-Bury player, Ritchie Branagan – who held onto the shot with ease.
Two minutes later and Walton was forced into his first save. The Silkmen won a free kick on the edge of the box and the curling effort from captain, Paul Turnbull was easily caught at the keeper’s left-hand post.
Both teams continued to trade blows as Bury passed the ball around from one flank to the other.
minute until Macclesfield’s next notable chance, Turnbull put an in-swinging ball in from a free kick on the right wing. His cross was met by striker Kristian Dennis who unchallenged, headed well over.thIt wasn’t until the 15
Bury continued to press high and gave the hosts no time on the ball. This high-intensity work-rate gave the game some pace, as Walton looked comfortable in the Bury net commanding his area, collecting a low cross in the process from Curtis Haynes-Brown on the left.
minute as a mazy run by Tom Soares resulted in a fine cross from the right, although it was adjudged to be offside after the half volley had been hit.thLeon Clarke then hit the left post on the 28
Macclesfield’s Danny Whitehead then got the ball in the Shakers box on the half-hour mark, as he turned inside to lose his marker he set himself up, firing a shot on goal. Again, Walton matched it, pulling off a great reactive save to deny the player.
minute as Leon Clarke found time and space on the edge of the Macclesfield box, calmly sliding home his effort in the bottom left corner. This was straight after Macclesfield had a tame overhead kick effort saved.thBury then opened the scoring on the 39
Clarke then could have doubled his lead a minute later, but his touch was just too strong at the near post.
Efe Sodje, a familiar face to all at Bury continued to shout orders from the home dugout as he showed his anger at going a goal down.
HALF-TIME: MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0-1 THE SHAKERS
Flitcroft introduced the Trialist for Hallam Hope from the start of the second 45-minute period, as Riley was pushed up from defence to the wing.
The Shakers fluent passing was starting to undo the National League side as Clarke found more and more space in between midfield and attack, linking up with Pope on numerous occasions.
As Macclesfield brought on a Trialist keeper after 53 minutes the attacking threat of Bury and the strength in defence kept Macclesfield working hard to regain possession.
The Silkmen’s Danny Rowe was their best outlet on the left wing, although his delivery made it to the danger zone in front of goal, the centre-back duo of Peter Clarke and Cameron dealt with the threat.
A number of changes were made by Flitcroft on the hour mark as Hope came back on and Chris Sedgewick took the captain’s armband.
The new additions took over where the others left off, controlling the play and passing the ball from tight areas in defence, through to midfield.
minute, dragging it well wide after finding space in the centre of the pitch.rdDanny Rose looked lively up top as he chased the ball all over, forcing the opposition into errors. Hallam Hope then unleashed an effort from 30+ yards on the 73
Sedgwick’s corner a couple of minutes later was looped towards the back post from the right, but the keeper collected the ball after a headed deflection.
The game had a short pause 10 minutes before time as Burgess’ lethal shot was blocked at close range, the player unfortunate to be in the way was Andy Halls who went off injured.
The 415 in attendance (156 Shakers fans) didn’t have much else to cheer about as possession was won and lost in midfield.
On the 85 minute, Rose fired a low cross from the right but it was too far for the Bury attack to run onto. A minute later the hosts wasted a golden opportunity to level as a free kick from the left was passed to the edge of the box and blazed over the bar.
FULL-TIME: MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0-1 THE SHAKERS
With just over two weeks remaining before the start of the new campaign, the Bury management would’ve been pleased with the performance and run-out of the team, especially from some individuals.
Next up for the Shakers is a trip to Morecambe in less than 48-hours (Friday), again a 7:30pm kick-off.
BURY STARTING LINEUP:C. Walton (GK), J. Riley, N. Cameron (C), P. Clarke, C. Hussey, T. Soares, H. Hope, D. Mayor, D. Pugh, T. Pope, L. Clarke.
BURY BENCH (Used):Trialist, M. Foulds, S. Gibson, S. Burgess, R. Bourne, C. Sedgwick, B. Shaw, D. Rose.
BURY BENCH (Not Used):R. Lanton (GK), K. Etuhu.
Report by Michael Brown