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MATCHDAY: Bury 2 Doncaster Rovers 0
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F/T: Bury 2 Doncaster Rovers 0
90 (+1) - Thompson misses from five yards, putting over the rebound after a scrambled shot from Tom Soares.
84 - Sinclair on for Brown
82 - Cotterill puts a header over from six yards.
80 - Bishop just fails to reach an Ajose centre as Bury enjoy a rare counter attack.
79 - Cotterill curls one past the far post with Carson beaten.
77 - Carson pulls off a wonder save to tip James Coppinger's stinging shot over the bar. It's a definite rear-guard action for Bury from here on in.
72 - BOOKED - David Cotterill is lucky not to be sent off for argueing with the referee's assistant, who gave a goal-kick for Bury when the Doncaster midfielder was convinced it was a corner.
69 - Bury get a break in the box after the ball falls to Doncaster centre-back Jamie McCombe who should have scored but fired well over.
60 - Bishop forces Gary Woods into a good stop after powering an Ajose through-ball straight at the Doncaster keeper.
57 - Paynter scuffs a shot wide
56 - SUB - Billy Paynter on for Kyle Bennett. The former Bury wingers gets a warm round of applause from the Shakers fans as he leaves the pitch.
53 – Great free-kick by Dave Cotterill whips across the box but evades everybody. Bury then stand up to another couple of waves of Doncaster attacks.
52 - SUB - Lee Fowler on for Dave Syers
Bury weather an early bit of pressure from Doncaster before the referee blows for a foul on Stephane Zubar in the Shakers box.
K/O: Bury get the second half underway...
Efe Sodje is brought on to the pitch to make the half-time lottery draw. Bit of a wave to the crowd as the big centre-half gets a decent reception.
I wonder if it will be his last appearance at Gigg Lane?
H/T: Bury 2 Doncaster 0
Bury's players get a well-deserved standing ovation as they leave the pitch - fingers crossed for the second half.
45 (+3) - James Coppinger gives a warning that Bury won't have it all their own way in the second half with a long-range shot that whistled just past Carson's post.
Bury have certainly been missing a feel-good factor here at Gigg Lane of late, but with Bishop and Ajose on the scoresheet, this is a throw-back to the heady days of 2011.
Beware though, Donnie have the best away record (10 wins, three draws and one defeat) of the 92 league clubs.
Ethan Ebanks-Landell is forced into a change of shirt after a busted nose leaves a decent patch of blood on his old one.
35 - Bishop has a shot blocked after good build-up play involving Scuhmacher and Soares.
36 - GOAL - BURY 2 Doncaster 0 - Nicky Ajose turns in a Skarz corner after the ball was headed down by Ashley Eastham and the Shakers striker turns the ball in on the line. It was a very popular goal with the crowd on Ajose's third Gigg debut for his hometown club.
25 - GOAL - BURY 1 Doncaster 0 - Andy Bishop shows just what Bury have been missing during his absence, getting ahead of the last man to nod Nicky Ajose's dinked cross from the byline across Doncaster keeper Gary Woods and into the net.
20 - Schumacher launches one from distance, but Bury's first effort on goal in the match goes high and wide.
19 - BOOKED - Ashley Eastham for a deliberate handball (although it looked like a shoulder)
Brightest moment of the matc h so far - an unruly Doncaster fan launches a flare or firework onto the Gigg Lane pitch.
14 - BOOKED - Doncaster right-back Paul Quinn goes into referee Tony Bates's notebook for a foul on Ajose
13 - Dave Syers skies a Brown chest-down
11 - Carson gets down quickly to hold on to a Chris Brown header after the Doncaster striker stole a yard to get on to David Cotterill's long free-kick into the box.
Steady start by Bury, who are playing 4-2-3-1, with Nicky Ajose looking dangerous on the break and Andy Bishop lending some much-needed muscle up front, but no chances for either side as yet...
K/O: Doncaster get the match underway...
The word from the Bury camp is that there is nothing sinister in David Worrall's omission from the Shakers squad today.
Apparently, the winger picked up a thigh strain in training yesterday.
Kevin Blackwell has made two changes from the side that drew 0-0 at Shrewsbury last Saturday.
In comes new signing Carl Regan at right-back, in replace of David Worrall, who is missing from the squad entirely, and Andy Bishop makes his first start in eight games, taking the striker's shirt from Lenell John-Lewis, who left for Grimsby in mid-week.
Bury only have five players on the bench, which includes no defensive cover.
Efe Sodje, who turned down offers from Macclesfield and Luton to stay on at Gigg Lane, is missing from the squad, while Blackwell dispensed with the services of right-back Andrai Jones and central defender Mark Hughes this week.
Tom Hopper also misses out due to the five loan player limit in the squad, but regular reserve goalkeeper Cameron Belford returns after a month at Accrington Stanley.
BURY: Carson; Skarz, Eastham, Zubar, Regan; Ebanks-Landell, Thompson; Tom Soares, Schumacher, Ajose; Bishop.
Subs: C Jones, Carrington, Healy, Belford, Carole.
DONCASTER ROVERS: Woods; Quinn, McCombe, R Jones, Spurr; Cotterill, Keegan, Syers, Bennett; Coppinger, Brown.
Not used: Martis, Paynter, Maxted, Sinclair, Griffin, Harper, Fowler.
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