League Two
Shrewsbury5Bury0

Shrewsbury Town 5-0 Bury

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro spent the second half of last season on loan with Bury

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro battered Bury with the first hat-trick of his career as Shrewsbury Town thrashed their League Two promotion rivals.

After putting his side ahead from close range early on, Akpa Akpro headed in his second to make it 3-0, after Connor Goldson had secured goal number two.

The French summer signing from Tranmere Rovers completed his treble on 51 minutes with a low left-footed strike.

Sub Jordan Clark then got the goal of the night, a superb angled volley.

Set up by a neat flick from Ryan Woods on 73 minutes, Clark turned sharply to direct a neat finish past keeper Rob Lainton.

Akpa Akpro began the night with a scant goal return for the season, having scored just once in 14 appearances but, after getting the ball rolling in the third minute he quadrupled his tally in the space of 48 minutes.

The Shrews-Bury connections
This time a year ago, Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon was assistant manager to Bury boss David Flitcroft when he was manager of Barnsley.
Shrewsbury's hat-trick hero Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was strike partner to Bury's Ryan Lowe at Tranmere last season.
Lowe started his career with Shrewsbury, spending four and a half years at the old Meadow. while Akpa Akpro had a loan spell at Bury last season.

His third-minute opener set the tone for the evening against a Bury side stumbling to their third straight away defeat - and the hosts could have won by more.

On a night when Town's League Cup fourth round opponents Chelsea - due at the Meadow next Tuesday night - also enjoyed a huge win in the Champions League, it was Shrewsbury's biggest victory in almost three years.

Bury, who began the night in second, drop to third - just two points ahead of Shrewsbury, who climb to fourth.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"Any kind of result was going to be massive for us, to back up a terrific away performance at the weekend. It's a tough league and, if you take your foot off the gas, you can get punished.

"It was a terrific performance to beat a very good Bury side. Any team who finishes above them will find themselves getting promoted. David Flitcroft will get them flying.

"We scored at good times. If Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro added goals to his performances, he probably wouldn't be playing for Shrewsbury, He'd be playing higher up."

Shrewsbury striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I am very happy to score the first hat-trick of my career. But I know I should score more goals. Promotion is the plan but we have to take it game by game.

"I played with Ryan Lowe at Tranmere last season. He had a quiet night, but he is a very good scorer. I learnt a lot from him about finishing. But football can change like that very quickly. And another night he will score a lot of goals."

Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm hurting. We've embarrassed the football club. You can get beat, like we did at Exeter, and I know why we lost at Wimbledon, but conceding five goals like this is not something that I represent, that is in my nature, to allow it to be so easy.

"We didn't get to grips with a very good team who made it clear that this was their toughest test of the season. It was an outstanding performance by them, but we aided them with every goal. We didn't have enough to stop them.

"I know we've got a problem away from home, but the buck stops with me, I'm the manager. I pick the team and the formation and it obviously didn't work. I've got a lot of thinking to do and we'll find the answers."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 2Grandison
  • 6Goldson
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 25Grimmer
  • 4WoodsSubstituted forGriffithat 78'minutes
  • 14Wesolowski
  • 24GrantSubstituted forClarkat 68'minutes
  • 3Demetriou
  • 9Collins
  • 26Akpa-AkproSubstituted forVernonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ellis
  • 7Vincent
  • 10Vernon
  • 16Griffith
  • 17Caton
  • 21Halstead
  • 22Clark

Bury

  • 26Lainton
  • 27Cameron
  • 34MillsBooked at 48mins
  • 3McNulty
  • 2Jones
  • 6Etuhu
  • 19SoaresBooked at 11mins
  • 10MayorSubstituted forSedgwickat 66'minutes
  • 8AdamsSubstituted forTutteat 45'minutes
  • 9RoseSubstituted forHusseyat 45'minutes
  • 15Lowe

Substitutes

  • 1Jalal
  • 4Tutte
  • 11Hussey
  • 12Sedgwick
  • 14Thompson
  • 28Holmes
  • 30Poole
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
4,233

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamBury
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 5, Bury 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 5, Bury 0.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Pablo Mills.

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nathan Cameron.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

Ryan Lowe (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Cameron (Bury).

Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Tutte (Bury).

Anthony Griffith (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Bury).

Foul by Jordan Clark (Shrewsbury Town).

Craig Jones (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

(Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Bury).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Anthony Griffith replaces Ryan Woods.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town).

Ryan Lowe (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Lowe (Bury) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Scott Vernon replaces Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 5, Bury 0. Jordan Clark (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

Foul by Craig Jones (Bury).

Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town).

Jimmy McNulty (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nathan Cameron.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jordan Clark replaces Bobby Grant.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Chris Sedgwick replaces Danny Mayor.

Attempt missed. Craig Jones (Bury) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town).

Nathan Cameron (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Mayor (Bury).

Attempt missed. Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe1484220101028
2Burton149142018228
3Luton148331710727
4Bury148242316726
5Shrewsbury1473421101124
6Plymouth14725148623
7Morecambe147251713423
8Newport146441713422
9Cheltenham146441514122
10Southend146351312121
11Portsmouth145541414020
12Wimbledon145452021-119
13Exeter145451618-219
14Accrington146172125-419
15Cambridge145362417718
16Northampton145362322118
17Mansfield145361216-418
18Stevenage145271822-417
19Oxford Utd144461619-316
20Dag & Red144281724-714
21Carlisle143381826-812
22York141851219-711
23Hartlepool14329923-1411
24Tranmere142481118-710
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