All change but Stags keep up pur­suit of ti­tle

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

ROSSENDALE brushed aside Bury GSOB and picked up three points af­ter quite an event­ful cou­ple of weeks off the pitch.

The man­age­ment duo of Steven Main­war­ing and An­thony Tay­lor handed in their res­ig­na­tions, with Kevin Lee step­ping up to take the reins.

Fol­low­ing on from a 1-1 draw last week the Stags needed three points to keep mo­men­tum in the ti­tle race and boy did they de­liver.

In blus­tery con­di­tions it was Bury that started the game the strong­est and could have taken the lead had it not been for a bril­liant fin­ger tip save from keeper Matty Rich­mond, when a Bury player was given time and un­leashed a goal bound shot from dis­tance.

Bury were push­ing and prob­ing the Rossendale de­fence early doors, but against the run of play the away side took the lead when a cor­ner was ex­pertly headed home from Paul Hooper on 21 min­utes.

This seemed to give Rossendale a bit more con­fi­dence, they be­gan to get on the ball more and be more com­fort­able in pos­ses­sion.

On 33 min­utes they dou­bled their lead when fol­low­ing an­other cor­ner, the ball found its way back out to the far side of the box, where Michael Robin­son twisted and turned, dropped his shoul­der and fired in a low drive in­side of the far post.

It got bet­ter for Rossendale two min­utes later when from an­other cor­ner Ed­die Holden rose the high­est to head home and make it 3-0, Bury lit­er­ally didn’t know what had hit them.

Into the sec­ond half and with Rossendale now kick­ing into the wind, they were al­ways go­ing to have a more dif­fi­cult half.

Bury did ap­ply some early pres­sure and within ten min­utes had pulled a goal back from the penalty spot af­ter Matthew

‘It’s been dif­fi­cult, but I’m re­ally proud of the re­ac­tion from the lads’

Kirk­bright was ad­judged to have pulled down the Bury striker.

Seem­ingly with their tails up Bury pressed the Stags, but found a res­o­lute de­fence and a very steady pair of hands in Matty Rich­mond in goal who had an ex­cel­lent game.

Rossendale even­tu­ally added to their to­tal when Hooper crossed into the box, Will Foster was on hand to put the ball in the net and give the stags a valu­able three points.

Care­taker man­ager Kevin Lee said: “I’m re­ally happy with the boys per­for­mance to­day, we played like we did against little lever a cou­ple of weeks back and blew them away in the first half.

“It’s been dif­fi­cult given the cir­cum­stances, but I’m re­ally proud of the re­ac­tion from the lads, they’ve all dug in and showed a real ca­ma­raderie and it’s been a plea­sure to be around. We’ve got games com­ing thick and fast now. We are tak­ing it one game at a time but if we stick to­gether like we have been do­ing then the re­sults should fol­low.”

●● Michael Robin­son bat­tling for pos­ses­sion with Will Foster look­ing on

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