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Match Report: Bury 3-1 Northampton Town

22 April 2019

Bury reclaimed their grip of the automatic promotion spots after coming from behind to beat Northampton Town. Goals from Chris Stokes, Danny Mayor and Nicky Maynard cancelled out Andy Williams' 27th-minute header, as the Shakers went back to second in the table, with just two games remaining.

Ryan Lowe made just one change to Friday's team, bringing Adam Thompson back into the starting eleven at the expense of Byron Moore, who dropped to the bench. He was joined by Eoghan O'Connell, who was back in the squad following an injury.

The visitors were close to opening the scoring after seven minutes through Andy Williams. Northampton set a counter-attack off after dispossessing Danny Mayor, working the ball into the path of Williams, who was denied a brilliant chance after a fantastic last-ditch challenge from Will Aimson.

Bury were looking dangerous on the attack. Nicky Adams whipped a very good ball into the box, but it was just out of reach of Dom Telford in the middle and Northampton had a goal-kick.

The Shakers continued to apply the pressure, with Northampton having to put a handful of blocks in, with the final one coming as Jay O'Shea almost found the top corner with a curled effort.

Today's Skipper Nicky Adams was looking menacing, delivering another brilliant delivery into the middle. On this occasion, it was into the path of Chris Stokes, who was inches away from making contact to take the ball goal wards.

Just before the half-hour mark, the visitors took the lead through Andy Williams. Sam Foley found himself in space on the right-hand-side, delivering a great ball into the middle. Williams stooped low to turn the ball home with his head.

The response for the Shakers came from Chris Stokes! Bury's number three surged into the area to get onto the end of a delightful cross from Nicky Adams, directing the ball into the top corner on the half-volley with his first touch. The strike brought up the one-hundredth Bury goal of the season!

Bury continued to push for the goal that would put them into the lead. Nicky Adams delivered a corner deep into the area, finding Will Aimson who met the ball, but David Cornell was able to catch the ball with ease.

HALF-TIME: Bury 1-1 Northampton Town

The second period got off to a tight start with neither side fashioning a clear-cut chance. The Shakers had a penalty appeal waved away when Maynard was taken to the ground.

Dom Telford went close, working David Cornell in the Northampton goal. He struck a low effort on target, but the 'keeper was down low to stop the forward bagging from outside the area.

After getting an earlier sighter in, Danny Mayor made no mistake second time round. He cut in from the left, curling an emphatic finish into the far corner after selling the defender with a drop of the shoulder!

The Shakers kept the pressure on the visitors, looking to increase their advantage after taking the lead, to help them secure what would be a massive three points.

Northampton still looked dangerous when they got forward themselves. Former Shaker David Buchanan whipped a good ball into the box, finding Northampton Skipper Aaron Pierre, who couldn't find the target with his header.

There was a scare for the Shakers with five minutes remaining. Andy Williams was slipped through and dinked the ball over Joe Murphy, who was racing off his line. Thankfully for Ryan Lowe and his side, the ball was just wide of the mark as Williams couldn't double his tally for the afternoon.

Nicky Maynard wrapped the game up in stoppage time, getting onto the end of a sumptuous Nicky Adams cross. He poked the ball beyond David Cornell with a fantastic finish, the 'keeper had no chance at his near post.

FULL-TIME: Bury 3-1 Northampton Town

Bury: Murphy (GK), Stokes (62' Moore), Aimson, Thompson, Adams (C), Mayor, Rossiter, Telford (74' Lavery), Wharton, O'Shea (80' O'Connell), Maynard

Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Cooney, Omotayo, Danns

Northampton Town: Cornell (GK), Facey (74' Bridge), Buchanan (86' Morias), Goode, Hoskins, Foley, Williams, Daniel Powell, Pierre (C), Turnbull, Pollock (63' Bowditch)

Unused Subs: Coddington (GK), Joe Powell, Cox, Elsnik

Attendance: 4407 with 254 from Northampton! Thanks for your superb support again this afternoon!!

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