Chances galore as Bury continue to show their attacking prowess, with Morecambe providing stiff competition ahead of the new season.
After a promising performance away at Macclesfield Town 48-hours before, Bury made the trip to Morecambe for their second away game of pre-season in front of the fans.
A number of first team players including Ryan Lowe, Kelvin Etuhu and Andre Tutte didn’t make the trip to the Globe Arena on a cold windswept night. However, the game was seen as another excellent test for David Flitcroft’s men.
Within 30 seconds of the whistle going to start the match, the hosts had their first chance. A through ball on the edge of the box gifted a free shot on goal, but Walton made himself big and blocked the shot with conviction. A minute later and Tom Soares broke free on the right, his shot going agonisingly over the crossbar.
Bury continued to press high and were rewarded soon after in the third minute as Joe Riley bent in a beautiful cross from the right. Morecambe couldn’t clear it as their centre-back pairing got muddled up with Leon Clarke hunting them down, resulting in an unfortunate own-goal as it flew into the net.
Three minutes later and Danny Mayor got hold of the ball in the centre, wriggled past a couple of players and on the turn lofted a shot forcing the Shrimps keeper, Barry Roche in to tipping it over the bar.
minute the Shrimps failed to clear the ball from a corner, Trialist capitalised on their misjudgement with a flashed shot just past the left post.thThe excellent high-intensity start continued as Morecambe couldn’t handle the pace on the wings and in the 11
With the Shakers dominating possession and attacking play, the new signings up front of Pope and Clarke worked with the midfield to carve out space in the final third on numerous occasions.
Jim Bentley’s men started to produce their own chances on the 20-minute mark. Walton’s punch was strong as he commanded his area, with the solid line of defence blocking the follow-up before calmly passing it out of danger.
Hallam Hope’s strength and speed was a constant thorn in Morecambe’s side as he shrugged off two challenges before fizzing a low cross in. The hosts just about doing enough to see it out.
minute the Shrimps had two great opportunities to level. First Aaron Wildig, but once again Walton proved too big to beat, then Kevin Ellison with a bending effort from the right 20 yards out, but that was held at the second attempt.rdIn the 23
Morecambe’s Ellison again wasted a golden chance on the half-hour mark. The ball was squared to him and unchallenged in the box curled his shot wide of the right post.
minute for retaliation.thThe game became heated as Tom Soares went in for a challenge, a late kick out followed from Andrew Fleming and then Ryan Edwards got involved resulting in Soares and Edwards receiving a caution each on the 34
Sixty-seconds later and a brilliant double save by Roche saved Morecambe’s blushes as they failed to clear the danger. Hope had his shot deflected, and then Danny Mayor hit it straight at the keeper from close range.
Christian Walton kept the Shrimps at bay once again as he tipped Wildig’s shot over. Not for long though as the resulting corner wasn’t cleared and after a large muddle in the box, the captain for Morecambe, Peter Murphy, guided the ball in the net with an easy tap-in to score his first goal for the club five minutes before the interval.
Bury continued to attack though despite the setback, Hope curling an effort just wide and then the keeper clawed his header off the line at the vital moment 30-seconds later.
HALF-TIME: MORECAMBE 1-1 THE SHAKERS
After the exciting opening 45-minutes both teams remained unchanged for the second period. The Shrimps’ Ellison found some space on the left two minutes in, putting his half volley across goal well wide.
minute. Seconds later and Soares hit the crossbar from the far left after a short throw-in.rdThe Shakers held off the pressure well from the hosts who started the better. Bury shifted into a higher gear as the game went on with Soares controlling the ball in mid-air, continued to keep it up and set himself up for a volley on the edge of the box. The quick reactions of Roche though held onto the ferocious shot on the 53
Both teams continued to attack at pace, keeping the crowd on their feet. Pope had the next chance for Bury as he dragged his chance wide on the hour mark after Clarke won the header.
minute, Trialist coming off for Sedgwick. Clarke then hit the side netting seconds later.rdThe Shrimps countered two minutes later as Jamie Devitt ran into space on the left, feeding Wildig who shot across goal, which Walton got down well and saved. Flitcroft then made his first change on the 63
Hallam Hope flashed a cross across goal, but it was just too far and fast for Pope to slide onto at the far left post. Morecambe’s Devitt then had space again, cutting inside before hitting straight at Walton, who held it well.
The hosts then won a free kick on the far right on 70 minutes, however Walton held onto the shot again, before Danny Rose came on for Leon Clarke to inject much-needed pace up top.
minute, a total of five new players came on which naturally disrupted the speed of the game.thChances were still being created by both sides, but not to the extent of the first-half. As the seagulls continued to fly overhead the crowd were treated to a flurry of changes by Jim Bentley on the 77
minute – as Lee Molyneux carried the ball forward on the right before bending it wide of Walton’s left post.ndA quick counter attack from Morecambe nearly resulted in them taking the lead in the 82
The game slowly began if fizzle out as the midfield battle for possession changed hands many times.
Bury’s last chance and that of the game too fell to captain, Nathan Cameron who just headed wide at the back post from a Hussey corner.
FULL-TIME: MORECAMBE 1-1 THE SHAKERS
Both teams remain unbeaten in their respective pre-season campaigns, as players begin to show their vastly improved match fitness and sharpness. The game was played in a good manner due to both teams having the upmost respect for each other after the experiences they went through last season.
Next up for the Shakers is the short journey to Radcliffe Borough’s Stainton Park tomorrow (3pm KO) for a chance to support one of the local teams in a historic and poignant friendly.
BURY STARTING LINEUP:Christian Walton (GK), Joe Riley, Trialist (OFF 63’), Nathan Cameron (C), Danny Pugh, Tom Soares, Danny Mayor, Hallam Hope, Leon Clarke (OFF 70’), Tom Pope, Chris Hussey.
BURY BENCH (Used):Chris Sedgwick (ON 63’), Danny Rose (ON 70’).
BURY BENCH (Not Used):Rob Lainton (GK), Scott Burgess, Anthony Dudley, Matty Foulds.
Report by Michael Brown