League Two
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Bury 1-0 Luton Town

By Nathan MiddletonBBC Sport
Tom Soares
Tom Soares scored his fourth goal of the season

Bury boosted their promotion hopes with a fourth straight win in a dominant performance over Luton.

Tom Soares headed the hosts in front from a flowing move, tucking home Chris Hussey's floated cross.

The Shakers created numerous chances with Nicky Adams having a goal ruled out for offside and Nathan Cameron's header cleared off the line.

Luton improved after the break and Bury keeper Nick Pope did well to keep out a close-range Luke Gutteridge effort.

Bury are now level on 58 points with fourth-placed Luton, who have a slightly superior goal difference, with the pair five points off the automatic promotion places.

The Shakers started much the stronger of the the two sides and Adams' disallowed goal was a sign of things to come.

It was no surprise when they took the lead as Danny Mayor fed Hussey, whose cross was met by Soares for his fourth goal of the season.

Luton's second-half performance gave them hope of grabbing a point, but they slipped to their third defeat in fourth matches.

Luton Town boss John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I really believed before the game that we could get at them, that's why we went with two down the middle, but I don't think that worked.

"In the second half we were better, we won the ball back quicker and their keeper had to make two unbelievable saves.

"In the first half we were poor, in the second half we were good - but we can't play half a game."

Line-ups

Bury

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 21Pope
  • 23Riley
  • 27Cameron
  • 5El-Abd
  • 11Hussey
  • 6Etuhu
  • 8AdamsSubstituted forJonesat 78'minutes
  • 4TutteSubstituted forSedgwickat 82'minutes
  • 19Soares
  • 10Mayor
  • 17NardielloSubstituted forLoweat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Jones
  • 3McNulty
  • 9Rose
  • 12Sedgwick
  • 15Lowe
  • 16O'Brien
  • 26Lainton

Luton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 16Justham
  • 22Harriman
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 5McNulty
  • 12Griffiths
  • 4Smith
  • 21Guttridge
  • 50McGeehan
  • 11HowellsSubstituted forLawlessat 45'minutes
  • 25StockleySubstituted forCullenat 59'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 38LeeSubstituted forOduwaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Franks
  • 7Lawless
  • 8Drury
  • 13Cullen
  • 20Whalley
  • 31Oduwa
  • 41King
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
2,915

Match Stats

Home TeamBuryAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bury 1, Luton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bury 1, Luton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Nick Pope.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town).

  7. Booking

    Ryan Lowe (Bury) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Lowe (Bury).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Joe Riley.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Elliot Justham.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Alex Lawless.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bury. Chris Sedgwick replaces Andrew Tutte.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Craig Jones (Bury).

  16. Post update

    Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bury. Craig Jones replaces Nicky Adams.

  18. Post update

    Danny Mayor (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Oduwa (Luton Town).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Hussey (Bury) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.