The Shakers suffered only their second League defeat of the season on home soil, as a brace from Kaiyne Woolery and a Theo Robinson goal gave Swindon Town all three points. Nicky Maynard had earlier equalised for the Shakers, but it wasn’t to be Bury’s day as Swindon headed back to Wiltshire with the win.
Ryan Lowe named the same starting eleven that got a valuable point at Grimsby last time out. Skipper Neil Danns was back from representing Guyana to take up a place on the bench.
It was a hectic opening five minutes in the sunshine at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane! First, Nicky Maynard dashed down the right-hand-side of the box before pulling the ball back into a dangerous area. Unfortunately for the hosts, the ball evaded everyone, and Swindon were able to clear.
At the other end, Bury’s goal was under threat, with a handful of goal-line blocks being made before Murphy was able to smother the ball eventually.
The visitors applied plenty of pressure to the Shakers’ box in the opening quarter of an hour, but they failed to really test Murphy.
Just after the fifteen-minute mark, Murphy had his first proper test of the afternoon. Kaiyne Woolery broke down the right-hand-side, cutting beyond Wharton and getting a shot off. Thankfully, Murphy was quick off his line to close the angle down and provide a vital block with his body.
Eoghan O’Connell was again exhibiting his tremendous passing range! A diagonal ball over to McFadzean allowed the wing-back to touch the ball into the path of Danny Mayor, who worked his way into the box but just ran the ball out of play.
Swindon took the lead through Kaiyne Woolery after twenty-four minutes. He capitalised on a defensive mix-up as Callum McFadzean’s header back to Murphy lacked the required power. Woolery was first to the ball, slotting an effort underneath Murphy.
It was the perfect response from the Shakers as they were level just four minutes later! O’Shea burst into the area down the left, looking to beat McCormick with a low effort. His strike was pulling up on the line, but Maynard was on hand to tap the ball home and make sure of the equaliser, bringing up his twentieth goal of the season.
Woolery continued to cause the Shakers problems as he looked to attack down the left-hand-side, pulling the ball back into the path of Kyle Bennett who got a controlled effort on goal. Joe Murphy was equal to the strike, getting down quickly to keep the scores level.
A deflection in the box almost presented Swindon the chance to retake the lead. Thankfully though, Murphy was on hand to get his foot to the ball first, Bennett went down and the Referee waved away the penalty appeals, booking the Swindon man for simulation.
HALF-TIME: Bury 1-1 Swindon Town
The Shakers were close to taking the lead inside the opening five minutes of the second period. Rossiter found himself in plenty of space down the right, whipping a pin-point delivery into Maynard who couldn’t steer his header on target.
A quick-fire start to the second half continued as Jay O’Shea stood over a free-kick inside the D. He rifled an effort on target, beating McCormick all ends up! Unfortunately for O’Shea, his strike cannoned off the crossbar.
Despite a quick start, Swindon retook the lead with Woolery getting his second of the afternoon. He drove at the defence, exploiting his pace before getting a shot away just inside the area. The effort hit the back of the net via a deflection which wrong-footed Joe Murphy.
It was almost another instant response from the Shakers. Rossiter dinked a brilliant ball into McFadzean who used his first touch to tee-up Danny Mayor. Bury’s number ten drove at the defence before pulling a 20-yard effort just wide of the post.
Woolery went close to his hat-trick, drilling a low effort on goal. Murphy dived low to his left, but it was the post that prevented the Swindon man completing his hat-trick.
With seventeen minutes on the clock, the Shakers were reduced to ten men. Danny Mayor was hacked down with a high challenge, he raised his arms in response and Scott Oldham booked Carroll for his challenge but gave Mayor his marching orders.
Bury still attacked the Swindon back line. A cross from the right saw McFadzean get a header on target, he almost had McCormick beat, but the ‘keeper just managed to claw the ball off the line.
Swindon got a third late on as a swift counter-attack presented an open net to Theo Robinson, who fired home to secure the points for Richie Wellens’ side.
FULL-TIME: Bury 1-3 Swindon Town
Bury: Murphy (GK), Thompson (84’ Omotayo), O’Connell, Adams (C) (76’ Cooney), Mayor, Rossiter, Wharton, McFadzean, O’Shea, Lavery (61’ Moore), Maynard
Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Stokes, Aimson, Danns
Swindon Town: McCormick, Knoyle, Anderson (78’ Dunne), Carroll, Woolery, Conroy (C), Koiki, Rose, Woolfenden, Robinson, Bennett (90+2’)
Unused Subs: Matthews (GK), McCourt, Richards, Diagouraga, Taylor
Attendance: 3,997 with 319 from Swindon Town. Thank you for your tremendous support this afternoon!