Three second half goals saw the Shakers snatch all three points in a seven-goal thriller against promotion rivals MK Dons.
Bury were 3-1 down after 52 minutes, before goals from Telford, Mayor and Maynard secured a dramatic stoppage time win at a rather wet Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. Four goals against the best defence in the league saw the Shakers jump up to second in the league.
Ryan Lowe rewarded ‘Mr Checkatrade’, Dom Telford, with a start this afternoon after the striker bagged a brace at Accrington in midweek. Caolan Lavery was the striker missing out, as Maynard was back in the starting eleven after starting on the bench on Tuesday.
It was almost a dream start for Bury. Danny Mayor carried the ball forward brilliantly before slipping the ball down to McFadzean who drilled a low cross into the middle. Telford almost got on the end of it as the ‘keeper beat him to it, fumbling it before Walsh was able to clear the ball.
Things didn’t get off to the best start at the other end of the pitch. A misplaced back-pass brought about an MK Dons corner. Houghton whipped the ball in, and Moore-Taylor powered an effort beyond Murphy to give the visitors the lead.
Dominic Telford almost repaid his manager’s faith in him moments after falling behind. He picked the ball up on the edge of the area, sending an effort just wide of Nicholls’ post.
Sky Bet League Two’s top scorers showed just how dangerous they are on the attack. Quick feet from Jay O’Shea won the Shakers a penalty after he was tripped. He stepped up himself, looking for his eleventh goal of the campaign. Nicholls in the MK Dons net had other ideas, tipping his low penalty round the post low to the left of the shot-stopper.
The resulting corner was worked well to Jay O’Shea, who was hungry to make up for his missed penalty. Unfortunately for the Shakers, his powerful effort was over the crossbar.
Despite having to defend plenty of Bury pressure, the visitors almost had a second with a swift counter-attack. The ball was eventually worked across to Pawlett who smashed an effort at goal, it took a brilliant reaction save from Murphy who eventually collected the ball after a few bounces in the area.
A brilliant move from Ryan Lowe’s side saw Telford fire an effort inches wide of the post. O’Shea and Adams linked up immaculately down the right before Mayor slipped the striker in, who flashed his effort across goal and behind.
The best defence in Sky Bet League Two were certainly being tested this afternoon. Danny Mayor continued to threaten on the edge of the area, but it was the same outcome for the Shakers as the brilliant strike was inches wide of the post.
The Skipper Neil Danns won Bury’s second penalty of the day. The ball was played into him before he was bundled over in the area by Lewington, giving Peter Banks no other option but to point to the penalty spot for the second time in the half. O’Shea stepped up again, redeeming himself against his former club, rifling his penalty into the bottom corner to level the scores just after the half hour mark.
The visiting captain was able to make up for conceding the penalty, as he fired a free-kick into the top corner, just beyond the outstretched Murphy as the Shakers fell behind totally against the run of play.
Kieran Agard had a brilliant chance to make it 3-1 to MK Dons just before the break. Houghton dinked the ball into him from the right, taking McFadzean out of the game. The header was powerful but beyond Murphy’s post.
HALF-TIME: Bury 1-2 MK Dons
The visitors had a decent start to the second period, winning a string of corners. It brought about a chance for the visitors as Aneke’s looping header bounced behind off the top of the crossbar.
It took seven minutes for the opening goal of the second period, unfortunately falling to the visitors. Chris Stokes’ diving header nestled in the bottom corner as the own goal gave MK Dons a two-goal cushion.
Joe Murphy pulled off another good save to keep the MK Dons attack out. This time, Gilbey attacked the Shakers’ backline before unleashing a fierce strike. The Bury shot-stopper was equal to the effort, keeping Gilbey at bay.
The Shakers weren’t giving up despite a good opening ten minutes in the second period from the visitors. Bury had MK Dons penned into their area, but the final ball was just lacking as MK Dons showed off their defensive abilities.
Chuks Aneke capitalised after Thompson’s bouncing ball was unable to be controlled by Aimson. He raced away from Bury’s number four, firing an effort off-target to Murphy’s left.
Dom Telford gave Bury a lifeline in the 73rd minute. He had the ball played into his feet by O’Connell before wriggling away from the Dons defence. He then powered an effort into the far corner, giving Nicholls no chance at stopping the forward bagging his third in two games.
77 minutes into the tie the Shakers levelled up the scores to a rapturous Shakers crowd! Byron Moore opted for a smart backheel to Danny Mayor down the line rather than picking O’Shea out on the edge of the area. Mayor made sure he made the right decision, jinking inside before he struck his low effort that hard from a tight angle that Nicholls was helpless in-between the sticks, leading to a chorus of ‘COME ON BURY!’
Ryan Lowe’s men looked back to their best in front of goal. Nicky Adams cutting in from the right, opening up the angle to shoot after a few stepovers. He looked for the top corner from 20-yards, but Nicholls was on hand to catch the ball for the visitors.
Eoghan O’Connell was pulling the strings in the midfield, splitting the Dons’ defence to find Nicky Maynard. The forward opened his body up but could only slip his low attempt beyond the far post.
More brilliant play from Mayor saw him elude the visiting defence. He eventually made the space from the edge of the area to hit the ball on his left foot but it was wide of the post.
In stoppage time, the comeback was complete! Vice-Captain Nicky Adams crossed for the fourth Bury goal of the afternoon. He cut in from the right, before curling an effort into the box. The ball in was on target and Nicky Maynard jumped at the back post.
The ball landed in the back of the net and after some initial confusion, the goal was awarded to striker Maynard, as the Shakers faithful took the roof off!
FULL-TIME: Bury 4-3 MK Dons
Bury: Murphy (GK), Stokes (54’ O’Connell), Aimson, Thompson, Nicky Adams, Mayor, Telford (89’ Omotayo), McFadzean, O’Shea, Danns (C) (54’ Byron Moore), Maynard
Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Miller, Cooney, Hulme
MK Dons: Nicholls (GK), Williams (6’ McGrandles), Lewington (C), Walsh, Gilbey, Aneke, Pawlett (67’ D’Ath), Agard (87’ Sow), Moore-Taylor, Houghton, Cargill
Unused Subs: Stuart Moore (GK), Baudry, Watson, Simpson
Attendance: 4,072 with 259 from MK Dons. Thank you for your tremendous support this afternoon!