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Match Report: Chester FC 0 - 1 Bury

21 July 2018

Ryan Lowe's Shakers secure a 1-0 victory against his former side Chester FC.

The Shakers made the relatively short trip to Chester, one of Manager Ryan Lowe's old stomping grounds.

It was the second game in as many days for Chester FC, after a triumphant 4-0 win over Llandudno on Friday evening.

Ryan Lowe's side were going into the game on the back of an impressive performance against a strong Everton side, were they earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

The Shakers had started well when Danny Mayor managed to get a shot away after just two minutes from the edge of the area, but his effort was well held by Grant Shenton in goal.

The Shakers should have been ahead in the 14th minute, as Chris Dagnall was looking to open his Bury account. He almost got on the end of a dangerous ball from Ryan Cooney on the right, but the striker couldn't get enough on the ball to steer it goalwards.

Two minutes later, the deadlock was almost broken when Callum Styles' corner was played in deep to Will Aimson, the defender brought the ball down and looked towards the back stick for a cross, only to see it strike the top of the bar.

The Shakers were on the front foot when Styles played Jordan Archer in behind the defence, the former Chester striker tried to poke the ball past Shenton, but Simon Grand did well to get back to clear it off the line.

Just before the half-hour mark, Ryan Lowe was forced to make an early change with Stephen Dawson coming on to replace an injured Styles.

Joe Murphy was called into action in the 37th minute, and he had to be quick off his line as one of Chester's trialists almost slipped in behind the Bury defence.

Bury really should have been a goal to the good at half-time, as Chris Dagnall looked certain to give the Shakers the lead. The striker had been played in behind brilliantly and managed to pace away from the defenders, he knocked the ball wide of the 'keeper and tried to slot the ball home from a tight angle, but the post was there to deny him.

Chester's best chance of the half fell just before the referee blew for half-time. Dan Mooney did well to win the ball back off the Bury defence and unleashed a fierce strike towards Joe Murphy's goal, but the Shakers' shot-stopper was quick to react with an expert save, tipping it over.

Despite both sides' efforts, it somehow remained all square going into the interval.

Ryan Lowe made a plethora of changes at half-time with Mathew Hudson, Saul Shotton, Callum McFadzean, Nicky Adams and Gold Omotayo coming on in place of Joe Murphy, Will Aimson, Chris Stokes, Danny Mayor and Jordan Archer.

In the 48th minute, the deadlock was finally broken as Swiss striker Gold Omotayo opened his account for Bury, turning home a Ryan Cooney cross from the right with a smart low finish from close range.

Neil Danns called Grant Shenton into action with a powerful 30-yard strike, but the Chester shot-stopper somehow managed to tip the effort beyond the post.

The home side had the ball in the back of the net just after the hour mark, as a deep corner from John Pritchard found Steve Howson who headed it back across to Simon Grand who found the back of the net but he was flagged offside.

The Shakers should have doubled their lead in the 73rd minute. Substitute Callum McFadzean won a corner after a brilliant ball from Stephen Dawson. The resulting corner found Saul Shotton, who maybe had too much time on the ball, as he was unable to get his shot from six-yards past Shenton.

Shortly after, a Nicky Adams corner found Adam Thompson in the centre of the box, the defender made a good connection with it, but it was over the bar.

The final chance of the game fell to Chester who were trying to find a way in. Matty Hughes struck a volley cleanly from 25-yards but much to the relief of the Shakers it was straight at Hudson.

Full-Time: Chester FC 0 - 1 Bury 

Attendance 746.

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