BURY boss Ryan Lowe dedicated the Shakers’ 2-1 triumph at Colchester to the memory of life-long fan Ian Doody.

Ian passed away after collapsing at Bury’s game with Carlisle last week and his beloved side dug in to secure an impressive win against a fluent Colchester outfit.

Goals either side of half-time from Byron Moore and Chris Dagnall put the Shakers in charge, at the JobServe Community Stadium.

And although Luke Norris pulled a goal back from the spot with eight minutes remaining, Bury were well worth their win against a U’s side who had been hoping to move into the top three with a win.

After the game, Lowe paid tribute to lifelong Shaker Ian and revealed his delight at the performance of his players.

“I want to dedicate that win to Ian Doody who obviously passed away at the ground last week, to his daughter and to the rest of the family," Lowe said.

“We set out to get in their faces early doors and to go about them the way we wanted.

“The lads were very focused and I can’t praise [them] enough.

“With every individual I put in there, I want an individual performance and a team performance and I think I got both.”

Bury had an early shout for a penalty after Colchester defender Frankie Kent appeared to handle in the six-yard box under pressure from Chris Dagnall but their appeals were waved away.

But the visitors had a let-off in the 11th minute when Sammie Szmodics fired straight at goalkeeper Joe Murphy from the edge of the area after Luke Norris had helped on substitute Tom Eastman's long pass.

Bury made the breakthrough with a well-worked goal, ten minutes before half-time, Moore rifling into the net from close range after being found by Nicky Adams.

And Bury doubled their lead seven minutes after the break through Dagnall, who planted an excellent left-foot shot inside the far post after finding himself in acres of space.

Colchester pulled a goal back with eight minutes to go through Norris, who scored from the spot after he had been fouled by Chris Stokes in the area.

But Bury held out to claim a second successive away victory in League Two, a result which left Lowe praising the contributions of his troops.

“I thought we were excellent," he added. "Colchester are a good team – they nearly scored a goal in the first half where if it had been Barcelona doing it with the interchange of passing, they’d have talked about it for weeks.

“Credit to them – they’re a good team and there’ll not be many teams who will come here and do that.

“Our players are all enjoying their football and that’s because of what we’ve generated and what we’ve done and how we’ve worked things with them.

“It’s like a big family.

“I’m pleased for Byron Moore and Chris Dagnall for getting the goals.

“Daggers is a guaranteed ten-goal-a-season man and he’s a workhorse for however many games he plays.”

Colchester United: Barnes, Jackson, Prosser, Kent (sub Eastman 9; sub Dickenson 46), Vincent-Young, Pell, Comley (sub Mandron, 70), Nouble, Szmodics, Senior, Norris.

Substitutes (not used): Gondoh, Wright, Collins, Ross.

Bury (3-4-1-2): Murphy 8; Aimson 7, O’Connell 7 (sub McFadzean 46, 7), Thompson 7; Stokes 7, Adams 7, O’Shea 8, Danns 7; Mayor 7; Moore 8 (sub Telford, 85), Dagnall 8 (sub Maynard, 68).

Substitutes (not used): Styles, Dawson, Beckford, Hudson.

Referee: Thomas Bramall.

Attendance: 3,161 (162 Bury fans).