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MATCHDAY: Bury 1 Colchester United 2
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- Bury 1 (Fagan 26)
- Colchester United 2 (J Thompson 29, Clinton Morrison 31)
Bury 1 Colchester United 2
90 - SUB - Freddie Ladapo on for Michael Smith
85 - SUB - Boos and jeers of "you don't know what you're doing" ring around Gigg Lane as David Healy is brought on for the influential Craig Jones.
81 - Walker denies Bury again with a double save - clawing away a header from his own player, Josh Thompson, before tipping a Nicky Ajose header onto the bar and away to safety.
76 - David Wright improvises to hook a Jonson Clarke-Harris header behind for a corner.
77 - Colchester again clear from under their bar after another vicious Joe Skarz corner.
76 - SUB - Marcus Bean replaces Billy Clifford
72 - SUB - Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Craig Fagan.
69 - Ajose looked to have squeezed the ball over the line at the back post following an inswinging Joe Skarz corner, but the referee waves away Bury's claim for a goal.
70 - SUB - Tosin Olufemi on for Clinton Morrison
67 - Trevor Carson stands tall to chest away a Gavin Massey shot after the Colchester midfielder rode a couple of challenges to break clear of the Bury defence.
63 - YELLOW - Ethan Ebanks-Landell is booked for a professional foul on Michael Smith
62 - Andy Bishop has the ball in the net but it is rulled out for offside. The Bury striker pounced after Craig Jones' close-range shot was blocked by keeper Sam Walker.
56 - Sam Walker pulls off a great fingertip save to deny Schumacher after the captain fired in a trademark 25-yard free-kick.
54 - Colchester somehow clear a Joe Skarz cross after a mad scramble on the line.
52 - Michael Smith reminds Bury of the threat Colchester pose on the break after collecting a long clearance before curling a deflected shot narrowly wide.
50 - Bury are giving it a real go as Worrall becomes the latest to miss a decent chance, side-footing over the bar after gambling to get on the end of a dinked Ajose cross at the far post.
48 - Ajose jumps in frustrtation after his low angled drive is turned into the keeper's hands by Bishop as it looked to be heading into the far corner.
47 - Schumacher rockets a right foot shot wide from six yards after a Bishop knockdown falls perfectly for the usually reliable Bury captain.
46 - SUB - Nicky Ajose on for Carl Regan
Bury 1 Colchester United 2
45+2 - Walker dives to his right to palm away a close-range Andy Bishop toe poke. Moments earlier, David Worrall missed an ideal opportunity to fire at goal, instead choosing to cross and making a hash of it.
45+1 - Schumacher fires a 30-yard shot wide.
41 - David Worrall fires a right-footed 25 yard shot high and wide after cutting in from the left.
35 - David Worrall turns home a Mark Carrington strike but is ruled offside.
31 - GOAL - Bury 1 COLCHESTER UNTIED 2 - Clinton Morrison curls home from the left of the Bury box, capitalising on the loose ball after an Ethan Ebanks-Landell challenge on Gavin Massey lands at his feet.
29 - GOAL - Bury 1 COLCHESTER UNITED 1 - Josh Thompson rises highest to head home a Colchester corner.
26 - GOAL - BURY 1 Colchester United 0 - Craig Fagan makes ammends for his earlier miss, blasting a low shot past Colchester keeper Sam Walker and into the bottom right corner. The goal followed a sweeping move started by David Worral on the left, who passed inside to Schumacher and the captain's miscued shot landed at the feet of Fagan.
24 - Fagan curls a speculative effort over from just outside the box.
22 - Craig Fagan misses a sitter for Bury, snatching at a shot on the box after breaking the offside trap. He had time and space to pick his spot but blazes over. An almost carbon copy of his glaring miss at Portsmouth last week.
21 - Gavin Massey wastes a good chance, missing the target from just inside the Bury box after a shambolic mix-up in the Bury defence.
Colchester have resisted making any subs and haven't changed their shape dramatically - keeping their two strikers and tucking their remainding three midfielders in a bit, allowing their full-backs to provide the width.
10 - A Craig Jones shot from 12 yards is deflected wide after the Bury winger directed an Andy Bishop pull-back on target. The midfielder then heads the resulting corner narrowly wide.
8 - Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker spills a Steven Schumacher free-kick, but gathers the rebound under pressure from Andy Bishop.
3 - OFF - Referee Robert Madley has just shocked the crowd after brandishing a straight red card to Colchester United winger George Porter for what must have been dissent. The midfielder had just been hauled to the floor by Bury's Mark Carrington as he bid to launch a breakaway following a Bury corner. He didn't do anyting so must have sworn at the referee as he got up.
Bury get the game underway...
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After failing to score in four of their last six matches, finding the net twice and picking up just three points in that time, Bury boss Kevin Blackwell has decided to throw caution to the wind and play with two strikers from the start.
Craig Fagan has been joined by Andy Bishop in attack, while on-loan Leeds midfielder Zac Thompson has dropped to the bench after starting in 24 consecutive matches.
Captain Steven Schumacher - top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions - drops back into a more traditional central midfield role.
The side is otherwise unchanged from the 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth last time out, meaning Craig Jones keeps his position on the right of midfield, with David Worrall playing on the other flank.
Blackwell again goes into the match with no defensive cover on the bench, although Cameroon midfielder Valery Mezague, who is yet to make his first appearance for Bury since joining on non-contract terms on transfer deadline day, can drop back if needed.
BURY: Carson; Regan, Eastham, Ebanks-Landell, Skarz; C Jones, Carrington, Schumacher, Worrall; Fagan, Bishop.
Subs: Ajose, Healy, Clarke-Harris, Belford, Z Thompson, Mezague.
COLCHESTER UNITED: Walker; Wright, Okuonghae, J Thompson, Garmston; Porter, Bond, Clifford, Massey; Smith, Morrison.
Subs: Duguid, Izzet, Bean, Ladapo, Olufemi, Phillips, Wright.
Referee: Robert Madley.
Welcome to readers live from Gigg Lane where Bury take on relegation rivals Colchester United in what has to be a must-win game.
While Bury dropped to the bottom of League One after a 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth last week, they know that a win over Colchester today, followed by victories in the two games they have in had over the Kent strugglers, would take them to within a point of Joe Dunne's side.
It would have to take a dramatic turnaround in form in the final 10 games of the season though, with the Shakers losing five of their last six matches, but funnier things have happened in football.
Kevin Blackwell's side at least go into today's game without any new injuries or suspensions, meaning the Bury boss will have 19 players to choose from.
While Colchester have been it by a virus that could seriously weaken their options here at Gigg Lane.
Full team news will follow shortly.