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Bury 2-1 Tranmere Rovers

Nicky Maynard's ninth goal of the season helped gutsy Bury on their way to a deserved home victory against fellow promotion hopefuls Tranmere.

Rovers certainly played their part, but James Norwood, in particular, was guilty of missing a number of gilt-edged opportunities.

Bury went close early on as defender Chris Stokes nodded inches wide from Nicky Adams' corner-kick.

The hosts threatened again when Maynard forced Rovers' keeper Scott Davies into a smart diving save.

Rovers should then have gone ahead when Norwood somehow scooped Jake Caprice's cross over the top from eight yards.

In first-half stoppage-time, the visitors fluffed a great double chance as Norwood's initial shot was saved by Joe Murphy, with Harris firing the rebound over the top from 10 yards.

Bury broke the deadlock soon after the break when Maynard expertly headed home a precise out-swinging free-kick from winger Adams.

Norwood ought to have levelled after the hour, but he fired over from five yards after meeting Connor Jennings' low cross.

The hosts all-but wrapped up their deserved win in stoppage-time when sub Caolan Lavery drilled home from 20 yards.

Rovers sub Ritchie Sutton headed home even deeper into added time, but Bury hung on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Bury

  • 1Murphy
  • 4Aimson
  • 5Thompson
  • 3Stokes
  • 7Adams
  • 26O'Shea
  • 31Danns
  • 12Styles
  • 21McFadzeanSubstituted forO'Connellat 76'minutes
  • 15MooreSubstituted forLaveryat 62'minutes
  • 36MaynardSubstituted forTelfordat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Miller
  • 6O'Connell
  • 8Dawson
  • 11Dagnall
  • 13Hudson
  • 18Telford
  • 32Lavery

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14CapriceSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes
  • 16Ellis
  • 5McNultySubstituted forSuttonat 42'minutes
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 11Jennings
  • 8Harris
  • 12McCullough
  • 9MullinSubstituted forStocktonat 54'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 4Sutton
  • 18Smith
  • 20Stockton
  • 22Gilmour
  • 23George
  • 24Bakayogo
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
4,748

Match Stats

Home TeamBuryAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bury 2, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bury 2, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Goal!

Goal! Bury 2, Tranmere Rovers 1. Ritchie Sutton (Tranmere Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Liam Ridehalgh with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Attempt blocked. Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Bury 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. Caolan Lavery (Bury) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dominic Telford.

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Bury).

James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Bury).

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Dominic Telford replaces Nicky Maynard.

Nicky Maynard (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers).

Jay O'Shea (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Johnny Smith replaces Jake Caprice.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Eoghan O'Connell replaces Callum McFadzean.

Will Aimson (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers).

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Nicky Adams (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Caolan Lavery replaces Byron Moore.

Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Aimson (Bury).

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Paul Mullin.

Goal!

Goal! Bury 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. Nicky Maynard (Bury) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nicky Adams following a set piece situation.

Byron Moore (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers).

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Scott Davies.

Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bury) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City22145341202147
2MK Dons22127332141843
3Colchester23125635231241
4Bury23116644261839
5Mansfield21911132151738
6Exeter2310763325837
7Forest Green2299431211036
8Newport2210573437-335
9Tranmere239773430434
10Carlisle23103103229333
11Oldham238873426832
12Stevenage239592830-232
13Swindon238782631-531
14Northampton2361072830-228
15Port Vale237792427-328
16Grimsby2384112630-428
17Crawley2282122936-726
18Crewe2374122128-725
19Morecambe2374122537-1225
20Yeovil215882525023
21Cheltenham2257102233-1122
22Cambridge2355131938-1920
23Notts County2347122549-2419
24Macclesfield2345141838-2017
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