Shakers’ back four re­mains un­moved

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron

BURY’S mean de­fence will be the key to suc­cess this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to boss David Fl­itcroft, af­ter the Shakers beat fel­low in-form side in Colch­ester United.

Bury have now won their last seven games in all com­pe­ti­tions and are up to third in League One, af­ter Leon Clarke headed in Joe Ri­ley’s deep cross at the far post with 15 min­utes re­main­ing to se­cure them yet another vic­tory.

It set­tled a tight af­fair at be­tween two sides who had been rid­ing high in the form ta­ble.

Fl­itcroft said:“It’s another win for a team that doesn’t know when it’s beaten and gives ev­ery­thing that I want as a per­son.

“It’s been a re­ally hard five days for us and we had seven hours trav­el­ling down to Colch­ester on Fri­day.

“The play­ers have given ev­ery­thing and we know that if we get a clean sheet, our team scores goals and to score the win­ner through Leon was great.

“It looked like it might be 0-0 but it’s re­ally im­por­tant that we’re res­o­lute and score goals.

“I’m ab­so­lutely over the moon with the re­sult and per­for­mance.”

Colch­ester midfielder Joe Ed­wards’ long-range shot was su­perbly tipped around the post by Bury keeper Rob Lain­ton mid­way through the first half.

Lain­ton also de­nied Ge­orge Moncur soon af­ter but Bury came inches away from scor­ing just be­fore the break through Chris Hussey, whose ex­cel­lent free-kick from the edge of the area hit the wood­work.

Lain­ton punched away Marvin Sordell’s lon­grange ef­fort just af­ter half-time and also de­nied Moncur, who had raced through on goal.

Lain­ton then foiled Gavin Massey from point­blank range, be­fore Colch­ester had a penalty ap­peal re­jected af­ter Bury sub­sti­tute Tom Pope ap­peared to han­dle Cal­lum Har­riott’s cross.

But Bury de­fended well and scored what proved to be the win­ner through Clarke’s wellplaced header.

It brought an end to the U’s four-match win­ning run and boss Tony Humes ad­mit­ted the re­sult came down to who blinked first.

“It was a very tight game all the way through,” said Humes.“I thought that they showed us a lot of re­spect and there wasn’t much in it.

“I thought we dom­i­nated the ma­jor­ity of the game and had the bet­ter of the chances but the keeper has made three or four fan­tas­tic saves.

“We keep say­ing that the first goal wins the game and they’ve nicked it.We’re dis­ap­pointed but it’s another good per­for­mance where we’ve played well.

“I thought we played the bet­ter football and put them off their game - we had a lot of ter­ri­tory but they de­fended very well.”


N Bury

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