Bury 1 Luton 0 - Impressive Shakers up to 5th
by The Boy Holty
Having missed the first 15 minutes and therefore the goal, I can only report on the remaining 75 minutes of this win for Bury, but from what I saw I have to say that the Shakers look in imperious form and there can't be many, if any, teams better than this Bury side in league two right now.
It was a combination of quality and graft which saw Bury to victory last night, with the players working so hard for each other and showing such composure, guile and craft that it was a pleasure to watch. Every loose ball was hotly contested, every tackle was fierce, the passing was quick and accurate, the work-rate, alluded to elsewhere, was unbelievable. Only the shooting was infrequent and wayward.
Luton were no pushovers and can also lay claim to being one of the better sides in the division and given room to move the ball, think or even breathe, might have punished us but Bury gave the opposition no such luxuries.
Special mention should go to Nick Pope who pulled off two match-winning saves, the first of which was quite possibly the best save I have ever seen at Gigg Lane or anywhere else when a Luton shot took a slight deflection off a Bury defender and was heading like a bullet towards the top corner, save for the acrobatics of Pope who brilliantly turned it away. Early in the second half he superbly saved with his legs after the Bury defence had momentarily switched off and left a man unguarded on the back post.
Nathan Cameron took the MOTM award, but it could have been anyone. My view was that Andrew Tutte should have got it but my brother thought Pope for his two critical saves.
Tutte was excellent throughout and got a well deserved standing ovation when he was substituted. He was also warmly embraced by a delighted Dave Flitcroft, Ben Futcher and Chris Brass, who I only realised had rejoined the club when I saw him on the touchline last night, so a belated 'welcome back' to him.
Ryan Lowe came on as a substitute and had a good chance which went wide but his main contribution was a ridiculous tackle in the centre circle which earned him a booking. Silly boy.
At the end of the game, the departing players were given a thunderous applause by the home crowd (the second lowest league crowd of the season for Bury) which was totally deserved.
I was on a corporate freebie last night provided by my brother's employers. We got to go in the 1885 suite at half time and full time where there were free brews, sandwiches and pork pies plus a bar. Its really rather nice in there these days with photos of players and match action from days gone by. I recommend anyone to pay a visit at some point as its a wonderful experience.
I'm buzzing after this win. We've won four on the trot, with no goals conceded in three games and only one in the last five. We're fifth now and a meagre five points behind third placed Wycombe. We'll bridge that gap no problems. Up the Shakers.