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Report: U18s v Preston North End

9 March 2015

Bury under-18s went six points clear at the top of the table with a win against Preston North End.

Bury youth team came out deserved 2-1 winners against a physical Preston North End side on Saturdays at Chorley FC’s Victory Park.

This win made sure the youngsters kept their impressive run of 12 games unbeaten om the league going, as well as giving themselves a six point gap at the top of the table.

The Shakers started the game brightly putting the Lilywhites on the back foot almost instantly. George Miller had the first chance for Bury on 7 minutes when he picked up the ball on the edge of the box, with his powerful shot going inches wide.

The youngsters then went close again this time on the counter attack with Brayden Shaw receiving the ball on the left, putting in a cross for the on-running Raquarn Crosdale, but the Preston keeper intercepted it.

After a spell of no notable chances for either side the Shakers showed why they are doing so well in the league, with a brilliant passing display on 27 minutes.

This resulted in Miller being able to play Shaw into a good position just inside the box, but his shot was deflected out.

The Shakers grabbed the lead they deserved on 31 minutes, with a brilliant individual effort from Brayden Shaw to make it 1-0.

Bury got there second goal on 40 minutes with George Millers shot parried into the net by the Preston ‘keeper after a brilliant run by Sam Gibson on the counter attacker.

Bury went in at half-time 2-0 up and looking good for their lead, showing off some good attacking intent.

Preston got into the game a little bit more in the second half and this paid off on 56 minutes, when they scored a scrappy goal in a busy Bury box to make it 2-1.

Bury stayed strong to deny a Preston side that were not going to give up, any real chances. As well as creating a few chances for themselves at the other end.

The game ended 2-1, with Bury coming out deserved winners with a good display of both impressive offensive work mixed with a battling defensive display.

Bury U18s Starting XI: - Jack Ruddy, Marcus Poscha, Liam Williams, Matthew Foulds, Sam Gibson, Robert Bourne, Raquarn Crosdale, Brayden Shaw, Khalid Mohamed, Scott Burgess, George Miller.

Substitutes:  Robert Harker, Henry Wordingham, Will Osgathorpe, Soloman Abubakar, Ben Potter.

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