Bury left Brunton Park empty-handed, after suffering last-minute heartache against Carlisle United. It was a cruel result for the Shakers, who had earlier fought back from going behind in the opening 30 seconds.
Ryan Lowe named three changes to Tuesday’s team as Eoghan O’Connell, Ryan Cooney and Chris Stokes came in for Will Aimson, Callum McFadzean, and Neil Danns. This meant that Nicky Adams took the armband on a return to his former club.
It was the Carlisle Skipper that got them off to a perfect start. Jamie Devitt capitalised on a slip from Ryan Cooney to take the ball into the area, calmly slotting an effort past Murphy after twenty-nine seconds.
Chris Stokes then levelled the scores after just eight minutes! Maynard held the ball up brilliantly, slipping it to Adams who then found Rossiter. The Rangers loanee whipped a terrific ball in, finding an unmarked Stokes lurking at the back stick, who made no mistake in finding the back of the net for his second goal in a Bury shirt.
Jordan Rossiter then tried to turn from provider to scorer, after being played the ball inside the area. He took the ball well, but he couldn’t get his head over the ball as he fired over.
Eoghan O’Connell was showing why he’s regarded as one of, if not the best, ball playing defensive player in the league, as he dinked the ball exquisitely over the Carlisle back line. He found Maynard who couldn’t muster enough power on his header as Collin was able to collect the ball.
The Shakers were on the front foot, pushing for the goal to give them the lead in the opening twenty. Jay O’Shea released a fierce strike which looked destined for the top corner before a block came to the rescue for the hosts.
Byron Moore should have had the Shakers ahead after twenty-three minutes. A poor clearance from Carlisle lead to the number fifteen having a strike on goal from ten-yards, it appeared to pretty much be an open net. Collin recovered well in the hosts’ goal to somehow keep the ball out.
Carlisle were trying to give Murphy something to think about. Slater tried his luck from twenty-five yards, but the save Murphy had to make couldn’t have been much easier for him.
Callum O’Hare was the next to try his luck for United. He picked the ball up after some good pressing dispossessed Jay O’Shea in Bury’s defensive half. The Carlisle man struck the ball well; it was wide of the upright but close enough to give Murphy a scare.
Adam Collin was a busy man between the Carlisle United sticks. Jordan Rossiter played the ball into Maynard with a brilliant first touch. He curled an effort towards the top corner, Carlisle’s ‘keeper just about managed to tip the ball over the bar.
The resulting corner saw the Shakers take the lead. Adams whipped the ball deep into the area, allowing Stokes to double his tally for the afternoon with a bullet header which left Collin no chance just two minutes from the break.
The hosts were then reduced to ten men, as Mike Jones picked up a second yellow card after tripping Rossiter.
HALF-TIME: Carlisle United 1-2 Bury
Carlisle levelled the scores early in the second half through Callum O’Hare. Nathan Thomas did well over on the right before finding O’Hare who slotted an effort beyond Joe Murphy.
The response was brilliant from the Shakers, first going close in a scramble when Chris Stokes saw a strike blocked. Then Maynard hit the ball under pressure in the box and appeared to have Adam Collin beaten. The shot-stopper did exceptionally well to keep the strike out, tipping it over the bar incredibly.
A third Bury goal felt like it was coming. Nicky Maynard placed an effort beyond the Carlisle ‘keeper, but Gary Liddle recovered well to clear the ball off the line.
Carlisle then came close to taking the lead as Hallam Hope was away. He got an effort on goal, but Murphy was on hand to tip the ball behind.
Joe Murphy was again called into action by Hallam Hope. He drilled a low effort on goal from a similar position down the right of the area, but the ‘keeper kept the ball out well with his feet.
Adam Collin was in incredible form, somehow keeping Telford at bay before Lavery headed wide on the rebound from close range.
Carlisle took the lead in the ninetieth minute as Hallam Hope was found at the back post by Connor Simpson. He was able to head home the fifth goal of the game, and one which proved to be the winner.
FULL-TIME: Carlisle United 3-2 Bury
Carlisle United: Collin (GK), Gary Miller, Liddle, Parkes, Jones, Hope, Devitt (C) (85’ Simpson), Slater (46’ Etuhu), Thomas (63’ Scougall), O’Hare, Grant
Unused Subs: Gray (GK), Gerrard, Kennedy, Branthwaite
Bury: Murphy (GK), Stokes, Thompson, O’Connell (74’ Lavery), Adams (C) (82’ McFadzean), Rossiter, Moore, Cooney, Wharton (63’ Telford), O’Shea, Maynard
Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Tom Miller, Omotayo, Danns
Attendance: 4656, with 728 Shakers making the trip! Thank you for your exceptional support this afternoon.