Bury 1 Swindon Town 0
James Vaughan’s 37th minute penalty was enough to earn the Shakers an important three points against relegation rivals Swindon Town.
A foul from Raphael Rossi-Branco in his own box gave Vaughan the chance to take the Shakers into the break 1-0 up from the penalty spot.
That all-important penalty goal now leaves Vaughan on 18 league goals this campaign.
Chris Brass decided to make four changes to his side that lost at Shrewsbury Town last weekend. Joe Murphy made his Shakers debut alongside Leon Barnett, Jacob Mellis and Scott Burgess, as they replaced Rob Lainton, Jermaine Pennant, Kelvin Etuhu and Hallam Hope in the starting eleven.
An early low driven free kick from Reece Brown came close to finding the target on six minutes as it squeezed through the Swindon wall, but fell wide of the target.
Down at the other end, the visitors came close with midfielders Charlie Colkett and Ben Gladwin combining until the latter’s cross was headed inches over Joe Murphy’s crossbar for their first chance of the game.
Fankaty Dabo’s left footed shot from 25 yards-out looked likely to curl into the bottom corner on 22 minutes, however, a committed Leon Barnett hurled himself at the ball and headed the shot clear of danger.
A scrappy first half found a much-needed goal on the 37th minute after a foul by Rossi-Branco during a Shakers corner. Vaughan stepped up from 12 yards, and smashed the ball past Lawrence Vigouroux and into the back of the net to ease the tension at Gigg Lane.
Ben Gladwin’s thunderous effort on goal caught Joe Murphy off his goal line, luckily his shot was too high for the target and kissed the crossbar on the way over.
Similar to the first half, the second had taken a while to get going, and as a result, Scott Burgess was replaced by Andrew Tutte in midfield.
Soon after the substitution, Jacob Mellis played James Vaughan through on goal with the defender to beat, but his shot from 18 yards-out was inches away from dipping under the bar.
George Miller made an instant impact on the game by pressurising Vigouroux, and with the ball at the Swindon goalkeeper’s feet, he drove the ball into Tutte but the Shakers midfielder was unfortunate to only find the outside of the left goalpost.
On the first minute of additional time, the Shakers supporters showed their appreciation for the game-winner with a standing ovation as he was replaced by Hallam Hope.
The visitors were awarded a golden opportunity with minutes remaining, as the ball fell to Colkett inside the penalty area but he dragged his effort wide with just Murphy to beat.
Next up for the Shakers, they welcome MK Dons to Gigg Lane this Tuesday as they go in search for another three points.
Attendance: 2,713 (214 travelling supporters)
Bury starting line-up: Murphy, Moore, C. Burgess, Kay, Barnett, Leigh, Brown, Mellis, S. Burgess (Tutte 60), Pope (G. Miller 67), Vaughan (Hope 90+1)
Unused subs: Lainton, Pennant, Lowe, Deslandes
Swindon Town starting line-up: Vigouroux, Rossi-Branco, Thompson, Conroy, Dabo, Brophy, Ince, Gladwin, Colkett, Hylton (Obika 59), Ajose
Unused subs: Henry, Thomas, Rodgers, Kasim, Goddard, Ormonde-Ottewill