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FULL TIME: Swindon 0 Bury 1
BURY bounced back from Friday night’s capitulation at Notts County to claim the scalp of second-placed Swindon.
Steven Schumacher, who opened the scoring for the Shakers in that 4-1 defeat at Meadow Lane, was again on the score sheet for Bury, bagging his 10th of the season in the first half.
Kevin Blackwell’s third-bottom side then hung on with a determined rear-guard action to earn their first win in four matches and ensure the gap to League One safety remained at six points.
Bury belied their league position in the first half, controlling the Swindon threat before poking their noses in front after 20 minutes.
Joe Skarz created the chance with a great run down the left before putting in a low cross from the byline that Schumacher poked home at the near post.
The goal sparked managerless Swindon into life, with James Collins posing the biggest danger.
Ethan Ebanks-Landell, covering for the injured Stephane Zubar in central defence, marshalled him well before the Swindon striker broke free after 30 minutes.
He was bearing down on goal in the box, but the Wolves defender recovered just enough to knock the Robins forward off balance as he shot, and the effort was gathered by Bury keeper Trevor Carson.
Bury offered little or no threat going forward in the second half, with Craig Fagan ploughing a lonely furrow up front in his first start for the Gigg Lane outfit.
The Shakers’ dogged display earned them six yellow cards in the second half but they will take the fine after restricting the home side to just two late chances.
Carson proved a rock between the posts when called upon, palming out a point-blank header from Aden Flint before smothering an Adam Rooney bicycle kick in the final 10 minutes.
Schumacher even managed a late raid on the Swindon goal, with Wes Foderingham just tipping over his blistering free-kick.
While Luke Rooney wasted a late chance after the otherwise reliable Carson spilled the ball at the substitute’s feet, only for him to snatch at his shot and put it wide.
The only blip of an otherwise perfect evening for Bury was wins for relegation rivals Hartlepool, Colchester and Scunthorpe.