RYAN SETS UP CRUNCH WEEK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alex Smith

RYAN Lowe’s goal started Bury’s big week with a win against Portsmouth and manager David Fl­itcroft is ex­cited for Tues­day night’s pro­mo­tion crunch match with Southend.

Striker Lowe nod­ded in Joe Ri­ley’s pin­point cross from the right as the vis­i­tors went two points be­hind third placed Wy­combe – with a game in hand.

Bury pro­longed their club record of seven away wins in a row and have now not con­ceded away from Gigg Lane in ten hours.

Bury face fifth-placed Southend in the week, know­ing a win will fire the Shak­ers into the au­to­matic places.

Boss Fl­itcroft said: “I am ex­cited for Tues­day night. It is a re­ally big game and I’m ex­cited for a re­ally big crowd.

“We are happy to come from be­hind and catch up with the top three and I’m re­ally happy with the way we have done that.

“To get that goal when we did, we have done re­ally re­ally well. Some­times you con­trol it in pos­ses­sion and some­times you con­trol it out of pos­ses­sion.

“We did well out of pos­ses­sion and all we had to do was get the one goal at the end of the first half.

“It was good to get that goal as it could have been very dif­fer­ent if we hadn’t.

“It was an ab­so­lutely stunning bit of play.”

Jed Wal­lace forced Bury ‘keeper Nick Pope into two saves in a minute, firstly mishit­ting his cross to­wards goal be­fore Pope was forced to tip over.

The mid­fielder, who is touted to join a num­ber of Cham­pi­onship clubs, caused prob­lems through­out the first half with his free role be­hind the strik­ers.

Wal­lace was at it again when he latched onto a Craig West­carr dinked pass but Pope was equal to his pow­er­ful low ef­fort, and it was the 21-year-old who jinked past Adam El-Abd be­fore drag­ging wide.

But for the hosts’ first half dom­i­nance it was Bury who took the lead on the cusp of half-time.

Af­ter a stroking the ball back and forth across the pitch, a ma­raud­ing Ri­ley sent in a di­rect de­liv­ery for sub­sti­tute Lowe to nod in un­chal­lenged.

Lowe nearly added a sec­ond in the 46th minute as his 25-yard free-kick flew over but the vis­i­tors hung on to record their sev­enth win in a row on the road – a club record.

Pom­pey have lost both their games un­der care­taker boss Gary Wad­dock, af­ter Andy Aw­ford was sacked on Mon­day.

But Wad­dock is keen to re­main a part of Pom­pey past the end of the sea­son.

He said: “I want to be part of this go­ing for­ward.

“This club de­serves to be chal­leng­ing where Bury are, not only that, they should be chal­leng­ing for the Cham­pi­onship.

“I have spo­ken to Andy a num­ber of times. It is al­ways sad when some­one loses their job, es­pe­cially some­one like Aw­ford who is re­spected around here.

“The club asked me to take the care­taker role un­til the end of the sea­son.

“Goals win foot­ball matches and we were un­able to find the cut­ting edge in the fi­nal third.”

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