The Shakers were victorious on ‘Derby Day’ to get their revenge on Oldham Athletic after defeat earlier in the season.
Ryan Lowe was forced into making a change to his side that were 1-0 victors at Exeter City last time out. The casualty was Scott Wharton, who missed out altogether through his knock, with Chris Stokes taking his place in the starting eleven.
Five minutes in and the Shakers had their first chance. Will Aimson picked out Nicky Maynard, who stung the hands of Iversen.
A couple of minutes later the visitors took the lead. A ball in behind found Jose Baxter, who jabbed the ball into Lang who powered a close-range finish home.
It was a great response from the Shakers as Moore raced in behind before pulling the ball back to Nicky Adams, who had the armband in the absence of Neil Danns. Unfortunately, the wing-back couldn’t keep his effort down, firing over Iversen’s bar.
After fifteen minutes, the Bury faithful were in disbelief they hadn’t levelled the scores, as a cross into the box fell to an unmarked McFadzean at the back post. His strike was cleared off the line before Moore blazed the rebound over from 4 yards out.
Bury’s dominance continued, despite being a goal down. Danny Mayor was practically unplayable, drawing fouls every time he had possession of the ball. After winning a free-kick over on the left-hand-side of the pitch, Adams whipped a dangerous ball into the middle. Aimson got on the end of the ball, flicking it goalwards, Iversen looked to be beaten but he managed to claw the ball away from the far corner just in time for his side.
Just before the half hour mark, Oldham’s second chance almost brought about their second goal. Zak Dearnley raced away down the right, pulling a ball back into the middle. Adam Thompson got to the ball first, but almost turned it into his own net; thankfully for the Bury number five, it went behind for a corner.
Another chance fell to Will Aimson ten minutes from the break following a Nicky Adams corner. The ball was cleared but worked back into Stokes, who delightfully looped a header which fell kindly to his fellow defender, who couldn’t keep his volley down.
Bury continued to limit their visitors to half chances as Jose Baxter saw a speculative long-range effort deflected over Murphy’s bar via Stokes.
Nicky Adams was proving a real threat from the right, with his crosses forcing Rob Hunt to head behind for a corner on multiple occasions.
HALF-TIME: Bury 0-1 Oldham Athletic
Oldham started the second period with a chance as Zak Dearnley turned away from his man before firing a low effort on Murphy’s goal. It didn’t really test the Bury number one, who held the ball low to his right easily.
The Shakers continued on from the free-flowing opening forty-five minutes, with Adam Thompson having a glorious chance to level the scores. After initially being forced out following a corner, a Jay O’Shea delivery eventually saw Aimson nod the ball into the path of Thompson who fired a volley low, but wide of the target.
The visitors were sitting deep throughout the second half, soaking up plenty of pressure to frustrate the Shakers, who dominated the play despite not creating the plethora of chances they did in the opening period.
In the seventy-second minute, the Shakers had their equaliser which was no more than what their dominance warranted. A dangerous low cross led to Clarke keeping the ball out on the line with his arm which picked him up a booking after the ball was smashed home by Nicky Maynard!
Caolan Lavery was on hand to fire his side ahead not long after the scores had been levelled. Adams’ cross in from the right fell to the Sheffield United loanee on the penalty spot, giving Iversen no chance with a ferocious strike, and Adams yet another assist!
The points were wrapped up in stoppage time, as Nicky Maynard capitalised on a defensive mishap to prod the ball home for Bury’s third of the afternoon, rounding off a fantastic performance from Ryan Lowe’s side.
FULL-TIME: Bury 3-1 Oldham Athletic
Bury: Murphy (GK), Stokes (54’ Lavery), Aimson, Thompson, Adams (C), Mayor (81’ O’Connell), Rossiter, Moore, McFadzean, O’Shea, Maynard (90+1’ Omotayo)
Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Cooney, Telford, Danns
Oldham Athletic: Iversen (GK), Edmundson, Baxter, Dearnley (75’ Afolayan), Missilou (80’ O’Grady), Lang, Branger-Engone, Hunt, Clarke (C), Nepomuceno, Maouche (87’ Coke)
Unused Subs: de la Paz (GK), Taylor, Stott, Sylla
Attendance: 7,784 with 2,758 travelling from Oldham. Thanks for your tremendous support this afternoon!!