A injury hit Shakers side beat Peterborough United 3-1 to gain their 3rd win at home in 5 games.
Goals by Leon Clarke, Ryan Lowe and Andrew Tutte made sure the Shakers faithful left Gigg Lane on Tuesday night with optimism that the Shakers’ home form alone will keep them at least mid-table by May.
David Flitcroft made a number of changes to the side that fell to a 3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic at the weekend, Leon Clarke and Danny Pugh in for Tom Pope and Reece.
The Shakers were rocked by the news that ahead of kick-off Joe Riley had suffered an back injury which forced Flitcroft into making a change before the whistle had even been blown with Jacob Mellis coming in for the right-back.
Peterborough started the game the more lively having a number of half chances in the first 10 minutes, however the Shakers defence stayed strong and soon started carving out chances for themselves.
David Flitcroft was forced into a change on the 19th minute with Jacob Mellis struggling to recover from a robust challenge on the edge of the box, with John O’Sullivan taking his place.
Bury’s first chance of the half came through Andrew Tutte who powered through the midfield to place a low shot into the right side of the net, however Stuart Moore was there to claim it.
At the other end Peterborough had a good chance via a goal-line scramble including Thomas Nichol and Jon Taylor with most of the Bury defensive line putting their bodies on the line to keep the ball out.
29 – GOAL! – After a good spell by the Shakers Leon Clarke buried a Chris Hussey cross into the net from the far post to put the Shakers ahead. 1-0.
33 – GOAL! – Ryan Lowe made it 2-0 with his 198th career League goal shortly after with a fantastic run in the box, showing great footwork to get past his man to slot past Stuart Moore. 2-0.
The Shakers nearly got their third when Chris Hussey’s second time cross fell to Danny Pugh in a fantastic position in the box, Pugh took a shot which went agonisingly wide to the dismay of the crowd.
Bury were now dominating the game, giving themselves loads of space to play nice attacking football causing the Posh all sorts of problems. However, Peterborough forced Ian Lawlor into a fantastic save on the 43rd minute after Marcus Maddison’s free-kick 20-yards out.
The Shakers went into half-time shortly afterwards knowing the game was there’s if they could recreate their first half performance in the second period.
HALF-TIME: Bury 2 – 0 Peterborough United
52 GOAL - After a very uneventful first couple of minutes the Posh pulled a goal back on the 52nd minute as Ian Lawlor was pulled out of position to allow Marcus Maddison enough space to easily slot home. 2-1.
Ian Lawlor made up for this mistake minutes later with a brilliant save on the 56th minute to stop Marcus Maddison from scoring his second of the game as his shot flew through a crowded box, but Lawlor managed to parry it away.
The Shakers faithful had their heads in their hands when Ryan Lowe found John O’Sullivan on the edge of the box, the on-loan midfielder struck the ball with real rigour with the ball being touched over the bar by Peterborough goalkeeper Stuart Moore.
It became an end to end affair going into the 70 minute mark with neither team being able to grab hold of the game, this was helped by both teams looking defensively strong leading to minimal time for either team to carve out chances before the ball was back at the other end.
Marcus Maddison put an inch perfect cross into Jon Taylor on the 78th minute which nearly landed the Posh their equalise, however there job was made much harder as Ricardo Almeida Santos was sent off for his second bookable offence.
80 GOAL – The Shakers capitalised on the sending off with Andrew Tutte converting the free-kick into the net to make it 3-1.
The Shakers kept probing and probing the Peterborough United defence to no avail and the whistle was soon blown giving the Shakers their 11th point in 5 home games.
The win sent Bury up-to 14th in the League, five points from the play-off places.
FULL-TIME: Bury 3 – 1 Peterborough United
NEXT-UP for the Shakers is their fourth clash against Bradford City this season at Gigg Lane with Bury looking for three points to move even further up the table.