Bury 2 Walsall 1
by The Boy Holty
Bury got 2012 off to a good start with a hard earned victory against Walsall to complete our first double of the season. An own goal and a goal from a Peter Sweeney free kick in the first half were enough to see the Shakers to a valuable three points that leaves us 9th in league one.
From the start, Bury dominated possession although there were few clear chances. With the scored level Cameron Belford pulled off a stunning save from a close-range header and then in the 20th minute, David Amoo, having one of his better games in a Bury shirt cleverly got the ball into the area with some fancy footwork and hot the ball low and hard towards goal. A Walsall defender got a foot in the way and the ball looped over the keeper into the net.
About five minutes before half time, Walsall scored with a curling free kick for which Belford had let himself get out of position and although a good strike, it should have been an easy catch.
A minute later and Bury were back in front, Peter Sweeney bending a delightful free kick into the goal off the post.
The second half was more even and Walsall piled on the pressure in the final stages but Bury held firm to record a good win.
With 34 points now in the bag, you must feel that two or three more wins and a couple of draws and that's our pre-season target reached.
Bury now have a two week break as Charlton are in FA Cup action next weekend. With this in mind, we may have seen Michael Jones' final game for Bury as rumours are abound that he may be about to move on. Barnsley and serial Bury player hunter Keith Hill are suggested to be interested in him and with his contract due to expire in the summer it may be a good time to let him go, especially if Nicky Ajose is once again available for another loan.