Rochdale 0 Bury 1
by The Boy Holty
A long awaited victory at Grotland was achieved on Sunday afternoon in front of the TV cameras and a fantastic away support of probably around 2,500 and around half of the total attendance.
Bury scored in the 8th minute. Danny Rose got his head on the end of another classy inswinging corner from Chris Hussey and it looped into the net to give Bury a great start. That shut the fail fans up, not that they were making any noise anyway, although for the rest of the half the home side had the greater possession. Daniel Bachmann pulled off one or two important saves as our defending was put under pressure. Peter Clarke had the ball in the back of the net but it was disallowed. I still can't see why it wasn't given but that kept Rochdale in the game.
The second half was a different story. We've become rather good at protecting single goal leads under Flitcroft and this was as good and comfortable as any 1-0 win I've seen for Bury as the home side's second half chances were few and far between. Bury utterly dominated the second half and could have scored more but for another disallowed goal from Leon Clarke (it was a close offside but I think the officials got it right) and we saw the game out with relative ease.
So the fail fans trudged off home to have sex with family members, and the massive Bury support, with joyful smiles, went off to look forward to the third round draw for the first time in years. Some want b****n in the next round, Flicker wants Man United. Personally I'd quite like Liverpool at Anfield.
I've a feeling that this year might be our turn for a bit of a cup run (as if we're not having one already), but I might fancy us for the fourth or even fifth round this season. However let's not get carried away until we've seen the draw, which takes place on Monday evening.
This was a welcome and well deserved win for Bury, and will give even further confidence to a team and a club on the up.
Well done Bury, up the Shakers.