Ryan Lowe’s Bury side came from behind three times in a thrilling exchange at Gigg Lane on Saturday afternoon. Will Aimson headed home a late leveller in the closing five minutes as Bury looked the more likely to score a late winner. On a wet afternoon in Bury in front of the TV cameras, both sets of players were up for the battle, and the football on show didn’t disappoint.
Bury: Murphy, Aimson, Thompson, Stokes, Adams (C), O’Shea, O’Connell, Mayor, McFadzean, Telford, Maynard. (3-5-2)
Lincoln City: Smith, Toffolo, Shackell, Bolger, Eardley, Bostwick, Frecklington (C), Pett, Rowe, Anderson, Akinde. (4-2-3-1)
The hosts dictated the play in the opening ten minutes, but they found it difficult to break down a resolute Lincoln City defensive line. Jay O’Shea unleashed a powerful strike towards the Lincoln goal, but he watched his effort sail over the bar. On nine minutes, the visitors moved ahead with their first attack of the match, Danny Rowe found space down the right touchline as he cut inside despite Adam Thompson’s best efforts to fire the ball past a helpless Joe Murphy in the Bury goal.
Lincoln came close to doubling their lead on 13 minutes as Akinde picked out Anderson, but his effort was fired straight at Joe Murphy. Just two minutes later, Bury’s persistence paid off as Danny Mayor weaved his way through the Lincoln City defence before picking out Jay O’Shea who fired the ball home from 25-yards to level things up at 1-1. The equaliser certainly gave the hosts momentum as they continued to create several openings. Nicky Adams and Will Aimson came close, but Lincoln City held firm. As the rain continued to pour in Bury, the conditions became more difficult for both sides. McFadzean almost gifted the hosts the lead on 23 minutes as his cross was put behind by Smith.
But much like their opener, Lincoln regained their lead completely against the run of play, A free-kick came in from the left hand side as Akinde’s header cannons into the net courtesy of a close-range strike from Bolger. There was some controversy over the goal from the Bury bench as they felt that there should’ve been a free-kick awarded in the build-up to the goal. Bury almost responded immediately as Maynard’s effort is parried away by Smith in the Lincoln goal.
Right on the stroke of half-time, the hosts levelled up the match for the second time. It was a great move involving Danny Mayor and Dominic Telford, Mayor latched onto Telford’s one-two pass, and his cross was deflected into the path of Bury skipper Nicky Adams who was on hand to fire the ball into the bottom right corner to level things up at 2-2. Overall, it was a breathtaking opening 45 minutes at Gigg Lane with both teams creating plenty of opportunities in front of goal.
Bury came the closest the taking the lead in the opening phases of the second half, Maynard played a great ball over on the right to Nicky Adams who played the ball over to McFadzean who saw his effort cleared off the line. As Bury were really upping the ante, O’Connell watched his effort fly into the top corner of the net before it was ruled out for a foul in the build-up.
On 63 minutes, Lincoln City were awarded a penalty, Rowe was upended in the area, it appeared to be minimal contact, but the referee pointed to the spot much to the annoyance of the Bury players. Joe Murphy was booked for his protests following the decision. Akinde stepped up and he fired the ball into the back of net, sending Murphy the wrong way.
On 67 minutes, Bury made their first change of the afternoon as Chris Stokes made way for Byron Moore. The substitute Moore certainly made a positive impact since entering the fray, he weaved through the Lincoln defence, but the visitors finally managed to clear the ball to safety. With 14 minutes to play, Bury made their second change as Caolan Lavery entered the pitch in place of Dominic Telford.
In the closing ten minutes the hosts were really asserting their dominance on the game, Jay O’Shea found space in and around the Lincoln box as he really caused the vistors some problems. Shackell at the heart of the Lincoln defence was fantastic in denying Bury on countless occassions throughout the entirety of the afternoon. Neil Danns entered the field for the final eight minutes as Eoghan O’Connell made way. Danny Mayor in the heart of the Bury midfield did brilliantly to steal possession as he exchanged a delightful one-two with skipper Nicky Adams, but Adams’ return cross was deflected away for a corner.
From the resulting corner, Bury’s pressure paid dividends as Will Aimson fought off a crowded penalty area to thump home a delightful header to salvage another equaliser for the hosts. As the noise levels soared following Aimson’s 85 minute strike and Gigg Lane was rocking. Bury almost grabbed a late winner as two efforts were scrambled off the line, and it was evident that Lincoln were hanging on for dear life. The fourth official awarded five additional minutes which spurred on the Bury faithful, and the raucous atmosphere transferred onto the pitch as the home side once again came close in stoppage time, Danny Mayor weaved through the Lincoln back-line as he played a lovely one-two with Adams, but the Lincoln defence cleared the ball to safety.
Jay OShea (pictured above) picks up his man of the match award.
Following an exciting exchange at Gigg Lane, Bury manager Ryan Lowe was full of admiration for his side, but admitted that there were a few defensive flaws that needs addressing: “I’m disappointed with the goals we’ve given away and we’ll keep working hard to get it right, I’ve got a great group of lads in there, the character is amazing.
“The players put their bodies on the line but I always want more, and I think we could and should have gone on to win that game, It’s exciting and everyone’s loving it but we need to stop going behind in games.” Lowe also praised the support shown at Gigg Lane: “The fans were amazing and that’s what we need, we want them to be a part of it, keep coming to watch us.”
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