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Town 1 Bury 2

10 September 2016

Both teams down to 10 men but Bury nick it with a late winner

Town: 1 Jayson Leutwiler, 2 Joe Riley, 3 Matt Sadler (19 Andy Mangan 90), 4 Ryan McGivern, 8 Abu Ogogo, 9 Ivan Toney, 10 Louis Dodds (22 Moha Chaulay 65), 14 Jack Grimmer, 18 Gary Deegan, 24 Adam El-Abd (c), 29 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake ( 7 Shaun Whalley 56)

Subs: 21 Mark Halstead, 5 Olly Lancashire, 16 Antoni Sarcevic, 27 George Waring

Bury: 1 Ben Williams, 3 Greg Leigh, 6 Anthony Kay (c), 7 Zeli Ismail (24 Hallam Hope 77), 10 Danny Mayor, 11 Tom Pope, 12 James Vaughan, 18 Jacob Mellis, 19 Tom Soares (17 Kean Bryan 90), 22 Niall Maher (2 Craig Jones 54), 25 Leon Barnett

Subs: 15 Anthony Dudley, 20 Scott Burgess, 21 Paul Rahubka, 23 Tom Walker,

Ref: Mark Haywood

Assistants: Barry Cropp and Michael D'Aguilar

Fourth Official: Paul Newhouse

Attendance: 2990 (with 360 from Town)

Micky Mellon makes two changes from the side that started in last weeks away from at Oldham Athletic, Junior Brown has an ankle injury picked up in training so in comes Mat Sadler and in Ryan McGivern returns from international duty so Olly Lancashire drops to the bench.

The first good chance of the game came minutes in when Ismail got into the space down the right to get a good cross in, El-Abd was there with an important header and then Leutwiler was out quickly to collect before Pope could pounce.

At the other end Town were looking dangerous and when Dodds looked to push into the box and was sent sprawling for a Town free-kick. It was Toney who stepped up and he went for precision rather than power and tried to lift the ball over the wall but it did its job and blocked the danger.

Bury had a great chance to get in front on 15 minutes when they found the space down the right, the ball was cut back into the Town box to find Maher but his shot was into the side netting with some of the home fans thinking they had taken the lead.

The home side had another good chance and it was again Ismail down the Bury right where the danger came from, he cut in back into the Town box and Vaughan looked odds on to slot it home but Grimmer slides in for an important block.

Town were also creating chances and a quick break saw Toney driving in on goal with options of Ogogo and Ebanks-Blake to his right, Toney kept his run going and drove in low shot that was just wide of the near post, but a pass to the others might have had a different outcome.

On the half hour mark the ball was played to Toney just inside the Bury half, he had his back to goal and collected the ball but Mellis went through the back of Toney and picked up a booking. Toney looked to be in discomfort and was ok to carry on after treatment from physio Chris Skitt but was still hobbling a little when he came back on.

With 10 minutes to go a Bury attack ended with the ref giving a free-kick, then followed a bit of pushing and shoving and players coming together which ended with El-Abd and Vaughan picking a yellow card apiece. While Bury were setting up for the free-kick ref Haywood called Ivan Toney over and showed him a yellow card.

Minutes later the ball was going towards the touchline with El-Abd coming over to clear, he did that and then Vaughan came in later and sent the Town captain flying, ref Haywood was straight across and produced a second yellow card and sent the Bury man off.

With the half-time break approaching Sadler tried to get the ball forward, it was blocked and then fell to Ismail who drove down the right, Sadler was looking to get back and then McGivern came across, Ismail went flying and ref Haywood was again reaching for his pocket to show a yellow card for McGivern.

The half ended with the players going down the tunnel and this was then followed with an altercation that couldn't been seen, it carried on for a few seconds with the ref and officials looking on and then everyone finally disappeared down the tunnel.

Half-time: 0-0

The second half started with a hostile atmosphere from the home fans and Town needed to keep their cool and calm the atmosphere down. There were some interesting challenges going on and the ref was doing his best to let things flow.

On 52 minutes it was 10 men apiece when Danny Mayor picked the ball up and ran at the Town defence, El-Abd was there and attempted the challenge but Mayor went flying and the ref was quickly over to produce a second yellow card to give the Town captain his marching orders.

On the hour mark there was an almighty scramble in the Town box after the ball was chipped back in to the Town box, there were shots that were blocked, saves from Leutwiler and a goal-line clearance from Riley but the ref was right on the spot and didn't see it cross the Town line.

It was Bury who got the first goal of the game and it came after Mayor got the ball out on the left, he cut inside and then curled a shot beautifully into the far top corner to make it 1-0 to the home side.

Bury were on top but Town were still looking to create and attack and as the half wore on they started to build more and try to get the wingers into the game. Chaulay was a willing runner and he did well to win a corner, Riley took the kick to the back post and found the head of Toney, he put it back across goal and it found Ogogo, he turned and fired in a shot but it was just over the bar.

Town were back on level terms on 77 minutes and it was a nicely worked goal, the ball was played around looking for the opening and then Deegan played it out wide to Whalley, he hung a cross up to the back post and there was Ivan Toney who jumped the highest to head the ball home with a brave header that put the ball into the net and left him in a heap on the ground.

A Town corner was cleared and went out wide to find substitute Hallam Hope, he got his head down and started a run that ended with him cutting into the Town box but Leutwiler was equal to it and was down to put in an important block.

Town continued to push and the ball was wide with Whalley, he put the ball back into find Toney, he chested it down and then turned before driving in a shot that had a little too much on it and it flew over the bar.

Bury grabbed a second goal right on the stroke of the 90 minute mark, Town failed to clear the danger and the ball rebounded back to Mayor who smashed the ball home from close range to make it 2-1 to the home side.

Full-time: 2-1

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