Bury 2 Scunthorpe 1
by The Boy Holty
We bloody won! We have also completed the double over Scunthorpe a team who somehow managed to show less spirit, less determination, less fight and much less quality than even Bury have shown at times this season. They are going down without a shadow of a doubt.
The first half was fairly even with neither side showing any signs of quality. Players on both sides were unable to controll the ball, pass the ball or put any decent moves together. It was, however, no surprise when Karl Hawley put Scunthorpe ahead just before half time, glancing a header into the bottom corner of the net. Bury, it seemed, were going down with a whimper.
In the second half, Bury shows a bit more spirit although there was still little to separate the sides. Then when we won a free kick on the right hand side of the penalty area, Jonson Clarke-Harris stepped up to curl a quite magnificent free kick into the far corner of the net and then two minutes later Nicky Ajose finished off a good move to make it 2-1 to Bury.
For the remainder of the game, Scunthorpe put up a pretty weak fight and eventually gave up, their 250 or so supporters out of a total crowd of 1567 looking more than a little bit disappointed, fed up, let down . . in fact all the things we've been feeling all season.
Tom Newey and Mike Grella played for Scunthorpe. Neither were particularly impressive.
So we won, for only the 8th time this season. Its too late to save us of course, but it was nice to see a bit of enthusiasm, not to mention a couple of goals. At the end the Bury fans gave the players a warm ovation - I think we were just desperate for something to clap after all this time.
Kevin Blackwell named just two substitutes for this game. Apparently the youth team had an away match and so no youth players were available, but it doesn't seem very clever to me.
As I was leaving Gigg Lane last night, I realised that the last time I had seen Bury win at home was when we played Colchester United on Easter Monday last season, over a year ago. Shows what a crap season we've had, it also shows what a pert-timer I've been although we've only actually won four home games this term.
We're still going down and probably finishing bottom of the league. In terms of a points total and league position, this will be the worst we've had for many many years. I was all for giving Blackwell a chance but I'm wondering now if he's the man for the job.