Bury 4 Port Vale 1
A dominant display from start to finish for the Shakers saw back to back victories at Gigg Lane with a 4-1 win against Port Vale.
James Vaughan impressed the home supporters with an early goal on 6 minutes before Jacob Mellis saw the goalkeeper off his line and found the top corner.
The home supporters were in disbelief as Vaughan found Bury’s third goal on the half hour mark, Vale hit back after the break with a goal of their own after half time but Hallam Hope put the game to bed with a goal on the 73rd minute.
David Flitcroft made two changes to his starting eleven after the 4-1 win against Morecambe on Tuesday night. James Vaughan and Niall Maher were brought into the fold for Anthony Dudley and Craig Jones in a 4-4-2 formation.
An early goal set the tone for the first half as a Port Vale back pass dropped dead in the soaking Gigg Lane turf for Tom Pope to cut back to Vaughan, and the new Shakers man tucked away the opener with just six minutes gone.
Zeli Ismail searched for a second Bury goal with a direct run down the right flank before cutting inside and firing the ball across goal but he narrowly missed the target.
The home side’s advantage was extended just seven minutes later. Tom Soares played a simple pass to Jacob Mellis, Mellis shifted the ball to face goalwards, he picked out his corner of the net and perfected an accurate lob over Alnwick and into the top left corner of the goal.
On the 30 minute mark Vaughan found his second of the game, this time much more difficult than the first. Mayor picked out Vaughan waiting outside the Vale penalty area before releasing a bullet shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
Vaughan almost found his hat-trick before the half time whistle, he found himself on the end of a cross from Ismail down the right but he could not direct the ball on target as his header flirted with the side netting.
Sebastien Amoros came out the blocks in the second half for the Valiants with a well stricken shot on target but Ben Williams was equal to it, parrying the ball out for a corner kick.
It was not long before the visitors found a way back into the game. Nathan Smith bundled the ball over the line after Kjell Knops’ cross into the box was not dealt with. The goal brought hope to the 1,298 away followers just 14 minutes into the second half.
Jerome Thomas was given plenty of time down the away side’s left wing but his shot could not beat Williams in the Bury goal, the Bury goalkeeper saved down low to his left.
However, despite all the pressure from the visitors, it was Hallam Hope that put the game out of reach. Hope’s shot from distance took a wicked deflection off Smith and looped over the Vale goalkeeper to make it 4-1.
Both Kean Bryan and Tom Walker were welcomed to Gigg Lane with a round of applause from the Bury faithful, they came off the bench to make their debuts for the Shakers in midfield.
It did not take long before Walker made an impact on the game. A through ball picked out Walker inside the opponents penalty area, but his goal bound finish was denied by the onrushing goalkeeper to deny Walker a debut goal.
One last opportunity for the Shakers came on the third minute of added time as Ismail broke through one-on-one with Alnwick but this time the goalkeeper came out on top as he saved down low and tipped the ball out for a corner.
The Shakers face Shrewsbury Town next weekend at Gigg Lane as they look to make it three wins from three on home turf.
Attendance: 4,042 (1,298 away fans)
Bury starting line-up: Williams, Leigh, Maher (Bryan 71), Kay, Barnett, Mayor, Ismail, Soares, Mellis, Pope (Hope 51), Vaughan (Walker 79)
Unused subs: Dudley, Burgess, Rachubka, Obi
Port Vale starting XI: Alnwick, Purkiss, Streete, Knops, Foley, Thomas, Forrester (Cicilia 50), Smith, Jones (Shalaj 46), Amoros, de Freitas (Paterson 15)
Unused subs: Mac-Intosh, Tavares, Pereira, Boot