Bury fell to a 3-2 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers' U23’s side at The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane this evening in the Premier League Cup.
It was the visitors who had the first chance of the game when Donovan Wilson was played in on ten minutes by Sherwin Seedorf, but his effort was well saved by Shakers’ keeper Scott Maloney low to his left.
Bury, however, took the lead on 18 minutes as Rob Harker got on the end of Ryan Cooney’s cross to plant a diving header into the net despite Wolves’ keeper Harry Beasley getting a touch.
Eoghan O’Connell then came to Bury’s rescue on 26 minutes as nice play from Wolves saw Cameron John flash a low effort across goal only for the defender to cut the ball out and clear to safety.
It could have been two in a minute as the impressive Cooney played a low cross across the box that only needed a touch from Tsun Dai who was sliding in at the near post.
The Molineux side did get their goal, however, two minutes later as Armstrong who was working hard all night got on the end of a low Seedorf cross to lash the ball into the net from close range leaving Maloney with no chance of saving.
It was the Shakers who came out of the blocks the quicker in the second-half and restored their lead almost immediately as Jay O’Shea fizzed in a cross to the back post for substitute Nyaupembe to volley into the net.
Wolves were then to grab an equaliser on 58 minutes as Wilson turned the home defence to get one-on-one with Maloney before slipping the ball through the keeper’s legs.
Maloney then came to his sides rescue once again as he made a fine save to deny Armstrong as his header from four yards from Armstrong’s cross was tipped away by the Shakers’ stopper.
The home side’s keeper was in fine form and he made another terrific save to deny a powerful Seedorf free-kick, however, from the resulting corner, the visitors took the lead as Hakeem Odoffin rose highest to head into the net despite the keeper getting his hand to the ball.
Despite Bury's best efforts, the equaliser wasn't forthcoming and the visiting side were the ones to return to Molineux with the win.
Maloney, Jones (Nyaupembe 33), Whitmore, Cooney, Shotton, O’Connell, Dai (Styles 60), Tutte, Harker, Sang (Da Silva 72 ), O’Shea.
Subs not used: Hulme, Edwards-Williams
Beasley, Oskar Burr Rasmussen, Breslin, Goncalves, Odoffin, John, Armstrong, Watt (Yang-Yang 90), Xavier (Collins 68), Seedorf (Rainey 85).
Subs not used: Heredia, Sealey-Harris