Rudderless Cumbrians buried by Shakers
BOSS David Flitcroft says the way Craig Jones put a first half from hell behind him to help Bury to an emphatic victory at manager-less Carlisle was testament to his character.
Jones’ strike was sandwiched between second-half goals from Danny Rose and Ryan Lowe but it appeared at one point that the midfielder would be playing the villain after missing a host of early chances.
And Flitcroft said:“He should’ve had a hat-trick but his bravery to keep getting in and threatening the backline was phenomenal.
“He could’ve dropped his head but he kept going. On the goal I thought he might have caressed it but he just stuck his head down and smashed it, which was fair play to him.
“From start to finish I thought we were structurally superb. I wouldn’t have been embarrassed if it was five or six because we were brilliant.”
The Shakers should have been ahead inside four minutes, after Danny Mayor beat Carlisle fullback David Symington and picked out Jones. However the Bury wideman could only blaze over from six yards.
Jones found himself in behind the Carlisle defence again after 15 minutes, latching onto a Kelvin Etuhu through ball, this time flashing a firsttime volley well wide of the far post.
Carlisle’s best early opportunity came when Stephen Elliott broke free on the left side but his pull back was just out of the reach of Kyle Dempsey.
It looked like Jones’ moment had finally come on the stroke of half-time when Carlisle keeper Mark Gillespie tipped a Nicky Adams shot into his path but once again he fluffed his lines, smashing wide from three yards.
However the visitors did get the breakthrough early in the second half. Adams floated a cross which looked to be down the throat of Gillespie, but the Cumbrians’ keeper was beaten to the ball by striker Rose, who calmly nodded into the empty net.
The Shakers soon doubled their lead, when a series of quick passes found Jones on the edge of the Carlisle box. Fourth time lucky for the midfielder, he took a touch before burying the ball home. Carlisle never looked like forcing a comeback, and substitute Lowe completed the rout.
Carlisle caretaker boss Paul Thirlwell was disappointed with his side’s attitude after falling behind. He said:“I thought once their goal went in our heads dropped and that has been a bit of a feature these last 18 months or so.
“The team is young but a lot of these players have 50 or 60 appearances behind them. They need to start showing a better mentality in these situations.”
STAR MAN DANNY MAYOR