Bury 0 Chesterfield 2
by The Boy Holty
The Bury Revolution got underway with a disappointing, but fairly convincing home defeat today against one of the league's pre-season favourites.
There were 8 debuts in Bury's starting line-up and 11 altogether including substitutes, so the overall lack of cohesion demonstrated by the side is hardly surprising.
The first half started well for Bury, with Craig Jones the stand-out player. His crosses and early balls from the right midfield caused all sorts of problems for the Chesterfield defence. Shaun Harrad showed some good touches and Tom Soares was the architect of most of our attacking play but he missed an absolute sitter half way through the first half, somehow shooting high and wide when he had the goal at his mercy. At half time, the home side were deservedly applauded from the field admist much positivity from the large home support.
The second half started with Procter getting booked for a very heavy challenge and then we went a goal behind when left back and new club captain Gareth Roberts was turned inside out by Chesterfield midfielder O'Shea who then curled a shot into the far side of the goal. 15 minutes later and centre back Richard Hinds presented striker Richards with the chance to get a shot away and Rob Lainton was beaten at his near post. After Chesterfield had taken a 2-0 lead, Bury seemed to lose all their shape and this is when their inexperience of playing together really started to show and the game fizzled out with Bury huffing and puffing but getting nowhere.
There were very few outstanding performances today and hardly anyone impressed me, but here's my run down of the team:
Rob Lainton (Goalkeeper) - didn't actually make any saves. Faced two goalbound efforts and they both went in. His kicking was awful. 3/10
Nathan Cameron (centre Back) - looked a bit wayward at times but in general he defended well, getting in some good challenges. Had a shot on target for Bury. Has silly hair. 6/10
Richard Hinds (Centre Back) - Made one fantastic tackle in our box and defended well on the whole apart from his error which gave Chesterfield their second goal. 6/10
Gareth Roberts (Left Back) - defended quite well but made a mistake for the first goal. 6/10
Shaun Beeley (Right Back) - defended well, showed some good initiative. 7/10
Euan Holden (Centre Mid) - In only his second senior game, he seemed a bit weak and although his passing was ok in the first half, drifted out of the game later on. I expected more from a player with a beard. 6/10
Andy Procter (Centre Mid) - Good control of midfield in the first half. Looks more of an Andy Feeley than a Zinedine Zidane. Booked for bad challenge. 6/10
Tom Soares (Left mid) - Showed some good touches and likes to attack but poor when the team were losing. 6/10
Craig Jones (Right Mid) - Excellent in the first half and made some brilliant crosses. Completely anonymous in the second half. 7/10
Ashley Grimes (Striker) - Showed good awareness and sharpness in the box from time to time. Not sure how well he links up with Harrad though, lost interest after the break. 5/10
Shaun Harrad (Striker) - Quite sharp from time to time, and put a chance on a plate for Soares, but also struggled to get into the game after the break. 6/10
None of the subtitutes had a chance to make much of an impact, and none of them did, so let's give Forrester, Jackson and Mayor 5/10 each.
There was a crowd of around 4500 today, and probably 1200-1300 were from Chesterfield. I really hope these sorts of attendances continues it wil give a massive boost to all aspects of the club.
As for Chesterfield, I thought they looked like a decent side without being outstanding. Their dominance in the second half showed that they will do well this season, and should be in the top part of the league come next May.
Kevin Blackwell has asked for patience from the fans. He'll be needing it, and will be getting it from me. Things can only get better.