Bury 0 Carlisle 2. Miserable home start to league one for Shakers
by The Boy Holty
Going into this game, it was seen as one of the games we would expect to win against a team who will probably struggle this season. Indeed, their 3-0 home thrashing at the hands of Notts County showed that they aren't a great side.
However, they came to Bury and outplayed us in every department. They were well prepared and organised and not much else but Bury were neither of those things. The performance was flat, they gave away too much space and way too many chances.
During the first half, Carlisle frequently carved open the Bury defence and were unlucky not to score. Meanwhile Bury's attacking opportunities were limited to one of two half chances.
Lowe and Bishop looked slow upfront and we clearly lacked the pace and incision offered to us last season from Ajose and Bennett. As an attacking force, we might as well have played with no strikers.
Carlisle's first goal came midway through the second half when some poor defending allowed them to get a shot in and Belford let it slip right through his grasp for a very soft goal. About a minute later, we thought we have equalised but it was ruled out although it wasn't clear at the time what the reason was.
As we huffed and puffed to try and draw level, Carlisle grew in confidence and in stoppage time, they scored a second and once again Belford should have done better.
At the end of the game there was mostly applause for a hard-working, although ineffective, Shakers performance. I think it has started to sink in now that this is a hard league and if we aren't prepared for teams like Carlisle and games like this one, we are going to be in for a tough time. Huddersfield is forgotten, Coventry is forgotten, you're only as good as your last game and with Bury now in the relegation zone, they need to get it together for Sheffield Wednesday next week.