The Shakers’ brilliant unbeaten run on the road came to an end at the Coral Windows Stadium, with Bradford City beating Bury 2-1 on Tuesday night.
A determined Bradford City side put in a dogged performance against a weakened Bury team to get there first win at home since August. The Shakers were without a number of key players, and this showed with a few players playing out of position for most of the match.
David Flitcroft made one change to the side that drew against local rivals Rochdale at the weekend, with Reece Brown coming in for Tom Pope. The Shakers were without Lee Erwin and Chris Hussey as they both were rested for the match with minor injuries.
The game started very evenly with both teams taking a while to get into the game in the early proceedings. The Shakers had the only real chance of note when Jacob Mellis looked to thread the ball into Leon Clarke, but Bradford City goalkeeper Ben Williams did well to claim the ball before the on-form striker could get to it.
Bury made an early change on the 20th minute with Danny Pugh picking up a niggle, resulting in the versatile midfielder being replaced by Hallam Hope. With no left-back to choose from, this meant a few shuffles to the team with Joe Riley moving to left-back, Craig Jones moving to right-back and Hope taking his spot on the wing.
Danny Mayor had a chance not long after with his strong shot from the edge of the box parried away by Ben Williams. However, the changes Bury were forced to make minutes before affected the Shakers’ early momentum, which allowed the Bantams to take a foothold on the game and started pressing Bury’s defence with real force.
Bradford City had a chance on the 25th minute when Billy Knott worked the ball out wide to Kyel Reid, whose cross was met by Devante Cole but with a slight deflection off of Joe Riley, Rob Lainton managed to hold the ball firmly in his arms.
Rob Lainton pulled off a great save on the 35th minute tipping Tony McMahon’s in-swinging free-kick around the post for a corner.
The Shakers were determined to claw back some possession in the game, and this showed with Joe Riley whipping in a corner on the 40th minute which was narrowly headed over the bar by Leon Clarke.
45 + 1 – GOAL! – On the stroke of half-time the Bantams got the opener with Rory McArdle’s glancing header from a Tony McMahon corner gliding past Rob Lainton into the Bury net. 1-0.
HALF-TIME – BRADFORD CITY 1 – 0 THE SHAKERS
The Shakers came out strong in the second half, with a determination to get back into the game. This showed with Tom Soares having a great chance on the 48th minute after a brilliant defence cutting pass by Jacob Mellis, however Soares didn’t get enough on his shot and it went wide.
52 – GOAL! – The Bantams soon doubled their lead with a scrappy goal from a corner was headed goal wards by Reece Burke, and took a deflection into the net by Reece Brown. 2-0
To give the Shakers an added edge up front, David Flitcroft opted to replace Hallam Hope with Tom Pope, however this change couldn’t stop Bradford starting to dominate the game with the Shakers looking low in numbers in the midfield.
Bantams had a good chance on the counter attack in the 56th minute when Devante Cole and Billy Knott marauded their way down the pitch, before Lee Evans took a shot from 18-yards which curled just wide.
The Bantams carried on controlling the match, with a number of good chances as well as keeping Bury’s offensive moves to a minimum. The Shakers however seemed to claim back a bit of possession when Danny Rose came on for Reece Brown.
The Shakers looked to force their way back into the game, but struggled to break down a resolute Bradford City back-line. With 5 minutes of added time given, the Shakers threw everything at the Bantams.
90 + 5 – GOAL! – Danny Rose got Bury a goal back in added time, but with very little time to go it was more of a consolation goal. 2-1
Although a disappointing defeat, the Shakers will be buoyed by the resolve they showed despite having a number of notable absentees.
FULL-TIME – BRADFORD CITY 2 – 1 THE SHAKERS
Next-up for the Shakers is an away trip to Shrewsbury Town this Saturday – 24th October 2016, 3pm kick-off.
BURY LINE-UP – Rob Lainton, Joe Riley, Peter Clarke, Jacob Mellis, Leon Clarke, Danny Mayor, Craig Jones, Tom Soares, Danny Pugh, Nathan Cameron, Reece Brown
SUBSTITUTES – Jack Ruddy, Tom Pope, Scott Burgess, Hallam Hope, Chris Sedgwick, Danny Rose, Khalid Mohamed
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