Fl­itcroft’s men move into the top six

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Josh Ni­cholls

BURY boss David Fl­itcroft be­lieves the fact his newly-pro­moted side are top scor­ers in League One shows how much they care about the club.

Shakers cap­tain Nathan Cameron headed the only goal of the game against Port Vale 13 min­utes from time af­ter a string of saves from vis­it­ing goal­keeper Jak Al­nwick had thwarted the hosts in the open­ing pe­riod.

Cameron’s goal not only se­cured Bury’s third straight league win but also saw them move up to sixth and be­come the di­vi­sion’s top scor­ers with 15 so far this term.

“We’ve scored the most goals in the league, so our start shows these boys are hav­ing an in­cred­i­ble go for this football club,” he said.

“I’m de­lighted with the game, de­lighted with the three points and de­lighted with the start we’ve had.

“All credit to this group of play­ers they’ve had to dig in at times and I thought once we went in front we were re­ally res­o­lute and it didn’t even look like they’d get back in the game – mainly be­cause of our de­fen­sive shape.”

Buoy­ant af­ter last week’s 3-1 vic­tory at pro­mo­tion favourites Sheffield United, Bury started brightly and the visi­tors were in­debted to goal­keeper Jak Al­nwick early on.

Al­nwick de­nied the hosts twice within the space of sec­onds in the sixth minute. First push­ing away Danny Mayor’s curl­ing ef­fort and mo­ments later he was on hand again to palm away a fierce drive from Ja­cob Mel­lis.

Al­nwick con­tin­ued to edge his duel with Mel­lis, this time sav­ing low at the midfielder’s feet af­ter the for­mer Barns­ley man had burst into the box in the 20th minute.

Uche Ik­peazu mus­tered the Valiants’ best ef­fort of the match just be­fore the break, turn­ing adroitly in­side the box and fir­ing low at home goal­keeper Rob Lain­ton af­ter re­ceiv­ing Ben Purkiss’ pass.

De­spite see­ing more the ball in the sec­ond half, Vale strug­gled to fash­ion any mean­ing­ful chances and were made to pay for their tooth­less at­tack late on as Cameron had the fi­nal say, tow­er­ing above a crowd of play­ers to head in Chris Hussey’s cor­ner to give the home side all three points.

“If you don’t con­cen­trate for the full 94, 95 min­utes you get pun­ished and that was the case to­day,” said Vale boss Robert Page.

“I thought we played well, we haven’t cre­ated many chances if I’m be­ing picky. But ir­re­spec­tive of what hap­pens it says to­mor­row morn­ing we’ve lost 1-0.

“Big Uche (Ik­peazu) was al­ways a threat and we would’ve taken a point and a clean sheet but it wasn’t to be and we got done 1-0.”

STAR MAN NATHA

N CAMER

ON Bury

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