Bury hold on for first home win of the season

JOY BOY Tom Soares celebrates putting Bury ahead against Plymouth

JOY BOY Tom Soares celebrates putting Bury ahead against Plymouth

First published in Sport

DAVID Flitcroft felt his Bury players showed they could scrap as well as sparkle as they held on for their first home win of the season.

The Shakers threatened to run riot in the first half, producing some fine football and charging into a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes with goals by Tom Soares and Danny Rose.

But Plymouth pulled one back through a 66th-minute penalty by Reuben Reid and Flitcroft’s men were left hanging on after Danny Nardiello went off injured after all three substitutions had been made.

Bury ensured they saw out a victory they richly deserved, though, making it seven points from nine over the last week.

“The first half was complete and total domination in every aspect,” said the Bury boss.

“We dictated play, controlled the tempo, and when we sped the play up in the last third the quality was incredible so I’m delighted with the two goals.

“It should have been over by half time, we dominated play for long spells so deservedly got the three points.

“With Nards coming off we were hanging on there for 15 minutes, we had to dig in, but we did do. The lads embraced that brilliantly.”

Flitcroft named an unchanged side, sticking with the 3-5-2 formation he used during the midweek draw at Luton, and Bury were in front inside five minutes as Soares got a glancing header to Nicky Adams’ inswinging free-kick.

Rose then headed wide following a Soares cross but made no mistake shortly after to round off a superb crossfield move.

Danny Mayor cut inside before switching play to Soares, who found Ryan Lowe down the right, and his low cross allowed Rose to tap in at the far post for his third goal in three games.

Plymouth went close through Lewis Alessandra and Reid but Adams fired just wide either side of the break. Adams also cut through the visiting defence to square for Rose but the new signing was off balance as he fired wide from close range.

The visitors made a triple substitution on 53 minutes and shortly after Pablo Mills fouled Reid, with the Argyle striker smashing in the spot-kick.

Kelvin Mellor then went closest to claiming an equaliser, his late shot hitting team-mate Reid, while Cameron almost headed over his own keeper at the death.

“League Two’s like that, you’re not going to have it all your own way for 95 minutes,” Flitcroft added.

“Had we made it 3-0 there would have been no comeback, so it’s that cutting edge I’m after and that we’re working hard to achieve. We’re still a work in progress.

“To get that first home win was important. It was a fantastic three points and tops off a good week for us.”

Bury: Lainton 7; Cameron 7, Mills 7, McNulty 7; Soares 7, Adams 8, Etuhu 7, Tutte 7 (Hussey 6, 75), Mayor 7; Lowe 7 (Poole 82), Rose 8 (Nardiello 6, 70). Not used: O’Brien, Sedgwick, Thompson, Jalal.

Plymouth: McCormick; Mellor, Nelson, Hartley, McHugh (Purrington 53); Smalley (Cox 53), Norburn, O’Connor, Alessandra; Banton (Morgan 53); Reid. Not used: Blizzard, Harvey, Thomas, Butler.

Referee: James Adcock.

Attendance: 3,156 (355 away).

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11:23am Fri 29 Aug 14

Eileenshakers says...

Great result and tremendous resolve shown by our players when we should have put this game to bed in the first half.
I am interested to see how many goals we are conceding late on in matches and in particular during the last 5 minutes which is making uncomfortable viewing for us the spectators.
Why has Joe Widdowson who recently signed a contract been allowed to join one of our rivals who are top of league 2?
That is a strange decision since Flits was only mentioning a few weeks back how useful it was to have him in the squad to allow Hussey perhaps to operate in a wing back role whilst Joe could be deployed in the left back role,it seems the philosophy of one David Flitcroft might have been changed or swayed by the player desperately wanting game time and to be a regular starter as he did against Luton Town.
Great result and tremendous resolve shown by our players when we should have put this game to bed in the first half. I am interested to see how many goals we are conceding late on in matches and in particular during the last 5 minutes which is making uncomfortable viewing for us the spectators. Why has Joe Widdowson who recently signed a contract been allowed to join one of our rivals who are top of league 2? That is a strange decision since Flits was only mentioning a few weeks back how useful it was to have him in the squad to allow Hussey perhaps to operate in a wing back role whilst Joe could be deployed in the left back role,it seems the philosophy of one David Flitcroft might have been changed or swayed by the player desperately wanting game time and to be a regular starter as he did against Luton Town. Eileenshakers
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