A battling performance from Lee Clark’s side was not enough to earn his side anything from the game, as Morris’ goal in the 86th minute condemned the Shakers to defeat at the Energy Check Stadium.
Ahead of the game, the Shakers made two changes to the side after last week’s goalless draw at Rochdale. Ryan Lowe and transfer deadline day loan signing Josh Laurent came into the team to start, replacing Tsun Dai and Nicky Ajose.
Neither side created any real opportunities in the opening 15 minutes, as the teams were equal in every department of the field. Both Harry Bunn and Scunthorpe’s Morris received treatment on the Gigg Lane turf as a result of the physical prowess both teams possessed.
A set piece from the training ground almost paid off for the Shakers with 20 minutes played. Bunn’s clever pass from the free kick allowed Lowe the chance to open up the visitor’s defence, his astute pass towards the penalty spot allowed Jermaine Beckford a sight of goal, but his first-time shot bounced off the outside of Matt Gilks’ right-hand post.
On 37 minutes, the visitors somehow failed to take the lead as they continued to cause havoc from corner kicks. Murray Wallace was first to meet the ball inside the penalty area, rising high to head the ball goalwards, but Tom Hopper struggled to poke the ball over the line from two yards out while under the pressure of the Bury defence.
Bunn came close to taking the lead for the Shakers moments before half time, his one-two with Lowe just outside the penalty area showed an excellent understanding between the two attackers, however, Bunn’s aim was all wrong as his shot flew over and wide of the target.
The second half began with real urgency, as Beckford brought the ball down with his first touch from a direct pass, shifted it onto his favoured right foot and fired the ball inches wide of the post.
Scunthorpe supporters were jubilant with 51 minutes played, as their team had the ball in the back of the net from a Hakeeb Adelakun free kick, only for the assistant referee to spot a foul inside the penalty box after the visitor’s celebrations had concluded.
Substitute Lee Novak made an immediate impact on the game after taking to the field for the away side. His glancing header, from a cross down the right wing, fell inches wide of the right-hand post.
Josh Morris followed up on his side’s threatening set pieces with a free kick from 20 yards out that flew into the top left-hand corner, and out of the reach of Joe Murphy to give Graham Alexander’s side a late winner.
The Shakers travel to Rotherham United next Saturday in League One, as they go in search of their first away win of the season.
Attendance: 4,055 (668 travelling supporters)
Bury starting line-up: Murphy, Leigh, Whitmore, Cameron (Aldred 78), Williams, Bunn, Ince, Edwards (Smith 88), Laurent, Beckford, Lowe (Maguire 63)
Unused subs: Skarz, Dai, Cooney, Fasan
Scunthorpe United starting line-up: Gilks, Sutton, Wallace, McArdle, Townsend, Adelakun (Holmes 70), Bishop, Ojo, Morris, Hopper (Novak 70), Madden (Van Veen 79)
Unused subs: Crofts, Mantom, Burgess, Watson