The Shakers kept their Checkatrade Trophy dreams alive as they jumped to 2nd in the group behind the already-qualified Rochdale, despite playing 76 minutes with 10 men following an early Callum McFadzean red card. Dom Telford struck either side of Tyrese Shade’s close-range strike, bagging his second double of the campaign, seeing his side pick up all 3 points.
Ryan Lowe named nine scholars in his matchday squad, with four in the starting 11. Tricky winger Joe Adams started the match, after completing 45 minutes for Wales Under 19s as they beat Poland under 19s 2-0 last night.
It was a perfect start for a youthful Shakers side as Dom Telford nodded his side ahead inside the first 5 minutes. On his first start for Bury, Callum Hulme picked out Joe Adams down the left superbly. The winger proceeded to whip in a dangerous delivery which landed perfectly on the head of Telford, who put his header back across goal and beyond the Leicester under 21 ‘keeper, Eldin Jakupovic.
Bury were handed a big blow after 14 minutes. Callum McFadzean, who was awarded the social media Man of the Match on Saturday after his performance against Crewe, was handed a straight red by referee Ollie Yates. The wing-back took Tyrese Shade down on the edge of the box, and deemed to be the last man, McFadzean’s evening was over early.
It didn’t take Leicester City’s Under 21s long to use their man advantage. Dewsbury-Hall found Elder on the overlap for the visitors. The latter found Shade at the back stick, who was able to tap home from close range to level the scores at 1-1, just 20 minutes into the contest.
The visitors continued to push the Bury backline when Kanye Leshabela found some space 25-yards from goal and attempted to find Hudson’s top corner from distance. Thankfully for the hosts, the ball was always going wide, not testing the Preston North End loanee.
Leicester looked to use the pace in the side to their advantage, hitting the Shakers on a swift counter-attack. Goalscorer Tyrese Shade looked to be in at the back post following a Will Aimson block. However, Shade got his feet mixed up, missing the ball and slipping, giving Hudson nothing to do apart from collecting the ball for a goal kick.
The Shakers had an appeal for a penalty waved away by the referee. Callum Hulme drove forward and hit the ball ferociously from 30-yards. The effort was blocked just inside the Leicester area, but not with a hand according to the officials.
Raul Uche looked to fire the visitors ahead in audacious fashion as he looked to recreate Nicky Maynard’s heroics, with an acrobatic finish following the knockdown from a corner. His effort was 5-yards wide and didn’t look like finding the target.
Joe Adams continued to threaten with his lightning pace on the counter. He aimed to link up with Telford again in behind the Leicester back line, however his cross was intercepted, stopping Telford’s release over on the far side of the box.
Louis Ramsay almost headed his side in front from a corner; however, his effort was glanced over from 10-yards, as the scores remained level.
Ryan Lowe’s men almost re-took the lead in first-half stoppage time, when a Hulme free-kick caused confusion for Leicester in the middle. The ball fell to central defender Will Aimson; his effort was blocked, as both sides went in level at the break.
HALF-TIME: Bury 1-1 Leicester City U21s
The second half continued as the first ended, with both sides struggling to fashion any clear-cut chances as the rain continued to pour down.
Joe Adams and Callum Hulme were trying to link-up to create chances. First Hulme was bursting in behind on the break; however, he couldn’t beat the defender to Joe Adams’ ball. Secondly, Hulme found himself in plenty of space down the right. His delivery was aimed at Joe Adams, unfortunately though, it was overhit, and Leicester had a goal kick.
Ryan Loft should have had his side in front just after the hour mark. Getting on the end of a threatening delivery, he looked to steer his header into the far corner. Loft’s effort was glanced wide of Hudson’s post, keeping the scores level.
10-man Bury took the lead for the second time 68 minutes into the contest. Jamie Barjonas did exceptionally well on the by-line, holding off the defenders and back-heeling the ball into the path of Cooney. The latter then slipped the ball across goal, taking Jakupovic out of the game in the Leicester goal. Dom Telford was on-hand to turn the ball into an open net from close range, completing his second brace of the season in what was his last contribution for the evening. He was replaced by debutant Aaron Brown; the 16-year-old was recently called up to the U17 Northern Ireland squad.
Raul Uche, for the second time of the evening, attempted an overhead kick, again though, the effort was harmlessly wide, not even giving Hudson anything to think about in the Bury goal.
Leicester skipper Darnell Johnson had a decent opportunity to draw his side level with just 5 minutes remaining. Jamie Barjonas conceded a free-kick on the left-hand side of the box. The resulting delivery towards the back post was met by Johnson, but Hudson was down well, holding the ball down to his left.
Despite some late pressure from Leicester, the Shakers saw the game out exceptionally well. Ryan Lowe’s side gained their first points of the Checkatrade Trophy group, beating Leicester City U21s 2-1 thanks to Dom Telford’s double. The Shakers’ fate is now in their own hands, as they host Fleetwood Town in the closing game of the group stage.
FULL-TIME: Bury 2-1 Leicester City U21s
Bury: Hudson (GK), Aimson (Thompson 45’), Edwards, Cooney, Telford (Brown 69’), Barjonas, Joe Adams, McFadzean, Hulme, Danns (C) (Nicky Adams 45’), Nyaupembe
Unused Subs: Moloney, Allardyce, Skinner, Hill
Leicester City U21s: Jakupovic, Knight, Elder, Johnson (C), Kaba Sherif (John 62’), Dewsbury-Hall, Loft, Ramsay (Bassey-Ughelumba 73’), Uche, Shade (Tee 45’), Leshabela
Unused Subs: Johansson, Elena-Ikpakwu, Thoms, Gyamfi
Attendance: 454 including 18 travelling from Leicester. Thank you for your brilliant support this evening.