Oldham Athletic 0 Bury 2
by The Boy Holty
The super Shakers picked up another three points on the road with a fully deserved win against Lancashire rivals Oldham.
Before we start, let's talk about Oldham as a town and Boundary Park. Both are complete shit-holes. Oldham as a town is as grim as they come but the ground is bloody awful. I almost didn't want to celebrate the goals too much in case my leaping around made the stand collapse, it looked so rickety and flimsy. The 'Main Stand' is rubbish and the opposite stand has been completely demolished (or maybe it fell down in a strong gust). A good feature of this, though, is that you get a nice view of Holcombe Hill, Peel Tower and Winter Hill from the away end.
All the areas around the ground are being developed for housing, giving the Latics no chance whatsoever of developing the place for the future benefit of OAFC. Its quite sad really.
Anyway, ten minutes into the game and with Bury on top, Andy Bishop was put clear on goal and was hauled down in the penalty area. That meant a red card for their keeper and a penalty which was duly saved. Still nil nil but against 10 men for 80 minutes, we were full of confidence.
Following the penalty miss, Oldham had a good spell until Bishop headed a cross against the post and in and from then on, it was all Bury. A second was added from a Bishop header and he was clearly relishing having his best game for Bury in about three years.
The second half was more even with Oldham having plenty of the ball but Belford being relatively untroubled.
So it finished 2-0 and Bury worthy winners. Its hard to pick out individuals, but Lenny John-Lewis was excellent in the first half on the right of a five man midfield. Bishop and Sweeney were outstanding from start to finish and generally Bury looked solid and in control.
Of course the sending off after 10 minutes changed everything. An 11 v 11 would have been a very different game but it was an ace day out.
Up the Shakers.