Paul Wilkinson secured his first win as Manager of Bury FC in their penultimate pre-season friendly. Goals from Harry Bunn and Jordan Archer ensured a 2-1 win at Vale Park, with Mark Cullen scoring the only goal for the hosts.
As he was on Wednesday night, Harry Bunn was looking to get at the opposition defence early on. After just three minutes he cut in from the left flank, drilling an effort just wide of the post.
Chris Dagnall was the next Bury player to look dangerous, as the Shakers got off to a brilliant start. He dummied the ball, before turning and showing enough pace to beat the defender. He delivered an early cross from the right, finding the head of Archer who couldn't keep his header down.
The Shakers continued to look threatening from wide areas, this time full-back Callum Booth beat his man well before pulling the ball back to Christ Tiéhi. The latter did power an effort on goal, but Brown was equal to the strike.
Ten minutes later, Paul Wilkinson's side got the reward for the dominant opening. Dagnall did exceptionally well to hold the ball up and thread a ball into the path of Bunn. After racing away from the defence, Harry Bunn shifted the ball to his right foot, banging the ball beyond Brown to give his side the lead.
Dagnall then came close to adding a second just minutes later. He flicked the ball goalwards with a diving header, but the Port Vale 'keeper did enough to deny the forward.
After plenty of pressure, Bury had their second. Dagnall was involved again, playing the ball to Christ Tiéhi who then, with his first touch, found Archer with an intricate through ball, and the latter then found the roof of the net with a well-hit strike.
The hosts looked to half the deficit before the break, but there was no way past the alert Harry Burgoyne who managed to stand strong despite having little to do in the first half.
HALF-TIME: Port Vale 0-2 Bury
It looked to be a dream start to the second period for the hosts, as Cullen turned Pope's header back across goal into the net, however, the Linesman had his flag up, ruling Cullen's effort out for offside.
Tom Pope was involved again, this time finding himself unmarked in the Bury area. He looked to volley a cross into the back of the net, but his miss-hit effort went away from the goal rather than towards it.
David Amoo then exhibited his trickery on the wing. Cutting inside and unleashing a powerful strike on goal. Burgoyne was again equal to it, incredibly getting a firm hand to the ball to turn it away.
Sixty-four minutes in, Vale were handed a lifeline. Cullen again had the ball in the net, and this time it counted. A great cross caused problems for the Bury defence who couldn't clear, allowing Cullen to place the ball into the back of the net.
Tom Pope looked to do better than his earlier effort, again going for a volley. He brought the ball down with his chest, and his strike almost nestled in the corner, thankfully for the Shakers, it was just wide.
Only a couple of minutes after coming on, Dan Rooney almost made an instant impact. He played a good one-two with Jamil Roberts, however, he was just leaning back too much when he hit the ball sending his effort just over the bar.
Before the final whistle, Pope and Miller went close for their sides, but neither troubled the 'keeper too much as the Shakers held on for a 2-1 at Vale Park.
FULL-TIME: Port Vale 1-2 Bury
Attendance: 801 with 74 Shakers, thank you for your support this afternoon!!