Bury 3 Portsmouth 0
by The Boy Holty
Portsmouth, the club with the gayest nickname in world football, were sent packing on Saturday having been utterly outclassed by a Bury side looking increasingly like promotion certainties.
Danny Mayor's wonderful goal after 8 minutes set the tone as he cut inside at his unplayable best and unleashed a shot that thundered in off the crossbar. From that point on, there was little to suggest that it would be anything but a home win, despite the occasional threat from the away side, the best of which came shortly after mayor's strike.
The best moment came just before half time and following a deep ball by Mills to Nicky Adams who produced possibly the best cross I've ever seen at Gigg or in fact anywhere in football, as he did an acrobatic first time overhead bicycle kick and knocked a lethal ball right onto the head of the inrushing Ryan Lowe for Bury's second goal of the game. It really was quite sensational.
Danny Rose scored early in the second half to kill the game off and then it was plain sailing.
Portsmouth, for their part, have fans large in number and vociferous in their support, compared to the Bury fans who were mostly quiet, in fact they put us to shame, not even breaking stride in their chanting when Bury scored. One of the most humourous moments, in fact came from probably the only song I heard the home fans sing, which was "Its all gone quiet over there" which came during the only four or five seconds during the entire match when the Portsmouth supporters weren't in full voice.
Its Shrewsbury away on Tuesday, which is a tough one. Anything gained from that one will be good for us as they are very good at home having the second best home record in the division with 5 wins and a draw (only bettered by Bury with six wins and a defeat) and Bury, having lost their last two away games, will struggle if the boys are not on top of their game. Going into this game second, rather than top, actually makes me more confident. Sadly Tuesdays don't work for me so I won't be there but hopefully, with attendances on the rise (over 3700 home fans at Gigg on Saturday) a good away following will hopefully spur the lads on to a good result.
Up the Shakers.