Bury 2 Northampton 1
by The Boy Holty
Its very easy to get carried away on the wave of euphoria that was in evidence as the near 4000 crowd was leaving Gigg Lane today, but for an hour this was a fairly dire performance.
To be fair to Bury, Northampton had their tactics more or less spot on and like Oxford, who defeated us at home two weeks ago, they made Bury look ordinary. On the other hand, the Shakers failed to dominate the match or show their promotion credentials.
With Northampton leading with a first half goal, Joe Riley made a rash challenge on Tom Newey and was shown a straight red card early in the second half. At that time, Bury looked a million miles from getting anything at all from the match and it was painful watching our season fizzle away to nothing.
However, the half time substitutes of Craig Jones and Ryan Lowe, on for Adams and Tutte, started to make a difference and on 70 minutes Kelvin Etuhu produced a fantastic grass-cutter from outside the box which nestled into the bottom corner and suddenly tails were up and the crowd were on their feet.
The Shakers continued to press and while Northampton had a few attacks as they tried to make amends for conceding against ten men, it was all Bury. Then with time running out, a Chris Hussey cross bounced into the path of Adam El-Abd and the ball was bundled over the line for an unlikely win.
This feels like a huge result and one that takes us a point behind Wycombe in fourth. With Southend drawing there is now a four point gap between them and us - and they are next weekend's visitors to Gigg in what could be another massive fixture.
We've now won seven of the last eight and the top three is in our sights. Up the Shakers.