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Stevenage 0-1 Bury: Maynard fires in last gasp winner

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Tom Beresford
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Nicky Maynard’s stoppage-time winner secured what could be a pivotal victory for Ryan Lowe’s Bury side at the Lamex Stadium. For Maynard, he’s now found the net 17 times in 28 appearances for the ‘Shakers’ as the visitors remain in second position in Sky Bet League Two. Just 24 hours before the match, Ryan Lowe picked up the Sky Bet League Two manager of the month award.

It’s also worth noting that Lowe’s side led the way for the most league goals in 2019 (25), that record spans across all four tiers of the football league with Norwich City, Brentford, Manchester City, Barnsley and MK Dons trailing behind Ryan Lowe’s side in that particular category. in addition, Bury have now gone 13 league matches unbeaten for the first time since 1961.


Stevenage: Farman, Cuthbert, Wilkinson, Hunt, Makasi, Iontton, Byrom, Chair, Guthrie, Revell (C). Substitutes: Adebayo (Revell), Byrne (G), Gibson (Makasi), Henry, Martin, McKee (Byrom), Timlin.

Bury: Murphy, Wharton, Thompson, O’Connell, McFadzean, O’Shea, Danns (C), Rossiter, Adams, Maynard, Lavery. Substitutes: Cooney, Maloney (G), Miller, Moore (Adams), Omotayo (Danns), Stokes, Telford (Lavery)


In the opening exchanges, neither side were hesistant in their play as Makasi squandered a great opportunity to put the hosts ahead, before Maynard steered his effort just wide. Maynard came close once more as he fired in a great effort towards goal, but Farman in the Stevenage goal was equal to it.

Both sides enjoyed good spells of possession, but it was a scrappy first-half really with neither side really creating any clear-cut chances in front of goal after a frantic first few minutes.


The second-half started off just like the first 45 minutes ended really, as both sides were reserved in their play with no real chances being created by either side. On the hour mark, Nicky Adams made way for Byron Moore and that substitution was closely followed by Dominic Telford entering the game in place of Caolan Lavery.

Both defences remained solid throughout the entirety of the second-half as Jordan Rossiter stood firm in the heart of the Bury midfield as he scuppered any real threat of a Stevenage attack. 12 minutes from time, Bury made their final change as skipper Neil Danns called it a day as Gold Omotayo entered the fray.

With a draw looking onimous, the home side threatened to snatch all three points as Gibson found himself through on goal, but Joe Murphy dashed off his line expertly to make himself big to deny Gibson as he watched his effort sail over the crossbar. Five minutes of additional time were awarded by the fourth official, and in the final attack of the match, Bury’s perseverance paid dividends as Wharton fired a terrific ball into the box which Dominic Telford headed the ball across the box as Nicky Maynard popped up the steer his header past a helpless Paul Farman in the Stevenage goal to securewhat could be a massive three points in the context of Bury’s season as they remain on course for an automatic promotion place.

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