Bury 1 Shrewsbury 0
by The Boy Holty
Against the team with the best goalscoring record and the best defence in league two, Bury put in a quite brilliant performance, especially in the second half, to win this huge game 1-0.
The first half was fairly quiet and with neither team creating much, Shrewsbury probably had the best chance of the half when a corner fell to their player on the far post but he didn't have time to control it and it was blasted high and wide.
With almost an hour on the clock, an excellent bit of attacking play down the left wing ended up with the ball rolling out of the box and into the path of the inrushing Joe Riley who lashed a shot from some distance into the top corner sparking wild celebrations in the stands and on the pitch. Clearly wanting to make amends for his sending off a few weeks ago, Riley looked ecstatic at his goal and this got the Bury fans going, as we had been quiet until then.
Predictably, Shrewsbury turned on the pressure and the remainder of the match they tried to get the equaliser. The pressure was intense and despite some fairly major scares, Bury held firm and after five minutes of injury time, the three points were in the bag.
With news that Wycombe were only drawing at home to Exeter, the 4277 crowd filtered out of Gigg Lane thinking that we'd taken a giant step towards promotion, only to hear later that Wycombe had managed a 102nd minute goal to beat Exeter and leave the gap at four points with only a very small number of games to play. Assuming that Wycombe win their final home game against Morecambe, their away games are at Wimbledon this Saturday and then Northampton on the last day. We need them to drop points, and we need to keep on winning.
A special mention must go to second half substitute Tom Eaves who's role as a battering ram was executed almost to perfection. He is a big strong boy and he held the ball up well, broke up play and generally bullied the Shrewsbury defence into submission. The sponsors man of the match was Etuhu but they were all excellent.
There was a good attendance last night as probably around 1000 away fans contributed to a crowd of 4277, another step towards a brighter future for Bury. All we need now is for the club to NOT put prices up by 20% for next season. Oh hang on a minute. . .
Its Portsmouth away on Saturday and with six consecutive away wins (five without conceding), we've got to be confident of making it seven and creating a new club record.