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Match Report: Bury 0 - Fleetwood Town 2

30 December 2017

Bury needed to bounce back and finish the year on a positive note after successive 3-0 defeats to Peterborough United and Rotherham United.

Chris Lucketti had made 4 changes to the side that faced Rotherham United with Nathan Cameron, Andrew Tutte, Callum Reilly, and Michael Smith coming in for Alex Whitmore, Rohan Ince, Josh Laurent and Nicky Ajose.

With the fixtures at this time of year coming thick and fast, today gave the Shakers the opportunity to put their last two results behind them and gain some much-needed points, against one of Chris Lucketti’s former sides.

It was never going to be easy for the Shakers, in their previous 7 meetings with the Cod Army, Bury have never once come out on top, and unfortunately, that trend couldn't be broken as the Shakers suffered their third successive defeat.

Bury were the first to have a go after some good work from Callum Reilly and Danny Mayor found the Shakers in a dangerous position on the edge of the box. Mayor played a great through ball to an unmarked Andrew Tutte who attempted to place the ball into the top corner of the Fleetwood goal, but it was just over.

Danny Mayor came close in the 7th minute Mayor with a run on the inside of Lewie Coyle which caught out the Town defence. He unleashed a curling shot, but former Shaker Cian Bolger was well positioned to deflect the ball out for a Bury corner.

It was a lively start by Danny Mayor, who used Reilly's overlapping run to take a defender away, but his pass into the box was blocked before getting to Smith who had found himself in a good position.

Bury nearly took the lead after 15 minutes as Jay O’Shea worked his way past the Fleetwood centre-halves, however, his strike at goal didn't have enough power behind it to beat Neal.

The visitors’ first chance of the game came in the 23rd minute when a corner ball from George Glendon was floated into the box finding the head of Bolger, but he could only head it wide.

Just two minutes later the ball was in the back of the Bury net after some great play by Glendon on the right byline, who drove into the box past Greg Leigh and drilled the ball across goal – it was deflected out, falling to Ash Hunter who smashed home from around 8 yards.

Bury were looking for a quick response when Danny Mayor found Phil Edwards with a good long ball, who passed back to Dawson – it was worked inside to Callum Reilly who forced Neal to turn a powerful 25-yard strike over the bar.

Bury weren't giving up, and Captain Stephen Dawson fancied his chances from the edge of the box. He hit a low, fierce shot that certainly tested Chris Neal who couldn't get hold of it, but he just about managed to get it out for a corner.

Michael Smith did well to get past Bolger and chase down a ball over the top. He played a smart ball to Dawson, who went down inside the box before he had chance to pull the trigger - he was screaming for a penalty, but as a result, was booked by the ref for protesting too much.

 

HT: Bury 0 – 1 Fleetwood Town

 

It was the worst possible start to the second-half for the Shakers when the Cod Army doubled their lead just 2 minutes after the restart. Schwabl won the ball back inside of his own half and played it over the top of Bury's hesitant defence and they were punished by Devante Cole who dinked the ball over Fasan from inside the area.

Some good defending from former Shaker Ashley Eastham managed to hold up Michael Smith as he was about to shoot from inside the area, but the centre-back managed to avert the danger.

In the 64th minute Uwe Rosler's side had the ball in the back of the net for the third time through Ash Hunter, but fortunately for the Shakers, it was disallowed. As he went to celebrate he saw the linesman’s flag was up.

Bury were still in search of a goal late into the second-half. Chris Maguire, who had earlier replaced Michael Smith, found himself in a good position down the left after good work by Leigh. He hit a hard cross that was turned behind at the back post for a corner. The Shakers had a chance from the resulting corner when Nathan Cameron connected with the ball, but could only head it over.

Substitute Craig Jones came closest to pulling one back for the Shakers with just 5 minutes to go. A great ball found Jones down the right, he worked his way past Bell into the box and unleashed a great left-footed shot which looked goal bound, but it was somehow saved by Chris Neal who was at full stretch and managed to get a fingertip to the ball.

The final chance of the game fell to Bury. The ball was crossed to the back post by Dawson and Schwabl managed to get his head to it but failed to clear, it fell to substitute Chris Maguire who hit it on the volley, but his shot was just wide.

It wasn't the end to 2017 that Bury had hoped for, and they will certainly head into 2018 hoping for a much better year.

 

Full-Time: Bury 0 – Fleetwood Town 2

 

Bury: Fasan (GK), Leigh, Edwards, Cameron, Tutte, O’Shea, Smith (Maguire 66’), Dawson (C), Aldred, Reilly (Bunn 56’), Mayor (Jones 73’)

Subs not used: Moloney (GK), Skarz, Laurent, Danns

Fleetwood Town: Neal (GK), Coyle, Bell, Eastham, Dempsey, Burns (McAleny 72’), Bolger (C), Glendon, Hunter (Sowerby 89'), Schwabl, Cole (Hiwula 80’)

Subs not used: Cairns (GK), Pond, Rodgers, Biggins.

 

Attendance: 3,158 (242 away)

 

 


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