Bury concluded the 2018/19 campaign with a 1-1 draw with Port Vale at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. Tom Pope gave the visitors the lead before Jordan Rossiter scored a screamer to secure second place for the Shakers!
With automatic promotion confirmed, Ryan Lowe made a few changes to his side. Notably, Ryan Cooney came into the side, taking the armband. Joe Adams, Callum Hulme and Femi Seriki all earnt a place on the Bury bench.
The game got off to a cagey opening fifteen minutes, with both sides struggling to create anything worthy of a mention.
A defensive error almost allowed Tom Pope to make it 1-0 to the visitors. A ball across the box was intercepted by the former Shaker, his first touch was a diving header that was just wide of Joe Murphy’s post.
Pope was proving to be dangerous for the Valiants. A cross into the middle saw the forward rise the highest. Joe Murphy did exceptionally well to keep the ball out low to his left corner.
Next time around, Tom Pope made no mistake in finding the back of the net. A long ball into the box saw the striker bring it down on his chest before calmly slotting the ball underneath Joe Murphy.
Caolan Lavery almost levelled the scores for the Shakers after some brilliant play by Jay O’Shea. He burst into the area, exhibiting his incredible dribbling talent, before pulling the ball back to Lavery, who steered an effort onto the upright. Port Vale were able to collect the loose ball and clear it before Maynard could sweep up.
For yet another time this afternoon, Tom Pope found himself in space in the box. He was the first to meet David Worrall’s cross, glancing a header just wide of the mark.
Straight up the other end, there was another chance for an equaliser for the Shakers. A swift move saw Maynard lay the ball off to O’Shea who couldn’t keep his strike down, sending it into the East Stand.
Nicky Maynard then showed his brilliant ball control, bringing a high ball down comfortably, before wrong-footing a defender and poking an effort on goal. Unfortunately, it was straight at Scott Brown who caught the effort with no issues.
Jordan Rossiter opened his Shakers account on the final day of the season with an incredible strike! He carried the ball forward brilliantly, before finding Danny Mayor for a one-two. Rossiter then hit the ball first time on his left foot from twenty-five yards, sending an effort curling away from Brown and into the top corner on the stroke of half-time!
Theo Vassell had a late chance for the visitors, picking the ball up just inside the Bury box. He fired a strike on goal, but Murphy was equal to it with a smart stop.
HALF-TIME: Bury 1-1 Port Vale
Byron Moore used incredible acceleration to create a brilliant chance for the hosts. He cut in from the right with real purpose, playing the ball square to Nicky Maynard. However, Bury’s top scorer saw an effort behind via the crossbar from four-yards out.
There was a brilliant chance for the visitors to retake the lead. Joe Murphy came to collect the ball from Pope, but a collision with O’Connell meant the ‘keeper spilled the ball. Thankfully for the Shakers, the danger was eventually cleared.
The second period was very much like the opening to the game. With just fifteen minutes remaining, very few clear-cut chances had been created despite both sides having possession at the business end of the pitch.
Scott Brown was called into action in the Valiants’ goal as Byron Moore again proved elusive to the Port Vale defenders. He tried to slot the ball into the far corner from the right, but Brown was able to keep the ball out, saving the strike with his legs.
Tom Conlon gave Joe Murphy a real test with six minutes remaining. He struck a venomous effort towards Murphy’s near post, but the veteran ‘keeper was on hand to keep him out.
FULL-TIME: Bury 1-1 Port Vale
Bury: Murphy (GK), Thompson, O’Connell, Mayor, Rossiter, Cooney (C) (66’ Nicky Adams), Wharton (26’ Moore), McFadzean, O’Shea, Lavery (66’ Telford), Maynard
Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Joe Adams, Hulme, Seriki
Port Vale: Brown (GK), Joyce, Legge, Kay, Worrall (45’ Montano), Pope (C), Hannant (60’ Whitfield), Crookes, Smith, Vassell, Conlon
Unused Subs: Hornby (GK), Pugh, Elliott, Turner, Green-Birch
Attendance: 6719 with 954 visitors! Thank you for your brilliant support this season! See you in Sky Bet League One!!!