BURY suffered a cruel late blow at Scunthorpe as the Iron condemned the Shakers to a fifth straight defeat on New Years' Day.

The hosts came into the game fourth in League One after taking seven points from nine over Christmas but a Bury side which featured five changes frustrated them for long periods.

The Shakers made far more shooting opportunities, without creating any clearcut chances and deserved at least a draw at Glanford Park.

But defender Charlie Goode bundled in an 86th-minute winner to keep Bury 11 points from safety at the bottom of the table.

Recalled midfielder Neil Danns went closest to scoring in the first half, with his 25-yard strike forcing a decent save from Matt Gilks, while Callum Reilly twice tested the home keeper.

Harry Bunn and Michael Smith also had shots saved in the second half, but all those shots were from outside the box.

And with time running out, Bury were denied even a point as they failed to clear a Josh Morris free kick, sparking a goalmouth scramble which resulted in Goode stabbing the ball in from close range.