Bury 2 Bristol Rovers 1
by The Boy Holty
Described by David Flitcroft as 'Massive', this was a hard-earned win that puts us 12th in league two, ten points ahead of the relegation zone. Obviously the idiots and children are talking about the play-offs now and we're only nine points off seventh place, but with just six games remaining, it isn't a realistic aim for this season. The main news is that we're almost certainly safe from relegation with 50 points and we're looking at a nice comfortable mid-table finish.
Bury started very well with Hallam Hope, on loan from Everton, smashing in a goal in the first few minutes. Bristol Rovers always looked dangerous though and it would be a travesty if a team with their quality were relegated. After a few let-offs, they got their equaliser in first half injury time when a long-range shot was deflected in after the ineffective Andrew Tutte had lost it in midfield. There was even a huge chance for 2-1 to the away side before half time but a quite incredible Gordon Banks style save from Jensen, flinging himself low to his left, kept it level.
In the second half, Bury were quite poor. Tutte was giving the ball away, or more often not getting close to it. Nardiello was having an off day and the two wide men, Jones and Mayor were finding it difficult to make an impact. They say its the sign of a good team, when they can play badly and win and when Tom Soares was brought on for Tutte with 12 minutes left, he went straight up for the corner, wriggled free from his marker and got in a header that made it 2-1.
Bury saw the game out and the relief could be felt all around the ground. We can start to relax now, enjoy the remaining games and look forward to a promotion push next season.