Match ends, Fleetwood Town 3, Bury 2.
Fleetwood Town 3-2 Bury
Ash Hunter's second-half strike sealed a win for Fleetwood over Bury after Jermaine Beckford missed an injury-time spot-kick.
Fleetwood should have taken the lead in the 10th minute but after Amari'i Bell was felled in the box by Tom Aldred, Jordy Hiwula scooped the subsequent penalty way off target.
But Hiwula made up for that earlier miss with two close-range finishes as he diverted in wing-back Lewie Coyle's centre from the right in the 22nd minute and Bell's inch-perfect cross from the opposite wing five minutes later.
Fleetwood were rampant but their fragility on set-pieces continued to be their Achilles heel as Bury got themselves back in the game in the 31st minute.
Chris Maguire's corner from the right was flicked on by Michael Smith into the path of Beckford, who showed his class to whirl through the air and cannon home an overhead kick.
Fleetwood did not learn their lessons and Bury were level a minute before the break as Town failed to clear another Maguire corner, with substitute Josh Laurent bundling the ball home.
After an enthralling first 45 minutes in the torrential rain at Highbury, there was just one goal in the second half as Hunter's effort took the points.
There was late drama, though, as Town substitute Wes Burns was penalised for impeding Aldred at the back post in added time but Beckford blasted the spot-kick over the bar.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 4O'NeillSubstituted forHunterat 64'minutes
- 28SowerbyBooked at 36minsSubstituted forGlendonat 54'minutes
- 7Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forBurnsat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 12WilliamsSubstituted forLeighat 61'minutes
- 33BunnSubstituted forLaurentat 32'minutes
- 30InceBooked at 29mins
- 21DobreSubstituted forCooneyat 63'minutes
- 9BeckfordBooked at 90mins
- Darren England
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 3, Bury 2.
Jermaine Beckford (Bury) is shown the yellow card.
Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Jermaine Beckford (Bury) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Jermaine Beckford should be disappointed.
Penalty conceded by Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Bury. Tom Aldred draws a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town).
Tom Aldred (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town).
Philip Edwards (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Joe Murphy.
Hand ball by Joe Skarz (Bury).
Attempt missed. Greg Leigh (Bury) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town).
Rohan Ince (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Wes Burns replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.
Attempt saved. Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.