Bury v Port Vale
At The JD Stadium, Gigg Lane
Saturday 19th September 2015
Attendance: 4,323 including 1,194 visiting supporters,
A 78th minute headed goal from Shakers captain Nathan Cameron was enough to see Bury take maximum points from the game with their third win on the trot, whilst consigning Vale to back to back defeats within the space of five days.
Vale had matched their hosts for much of the game, and in fact dominated in spells, but were unable to find that all important goal their play deserved.
Former Vale striker Tom Pope started the game but was unable to have a huge impact and was substituted during the second half.
Vale made one change to the starting line-up for the trip to Bury, with Ryan Inniss returning to the starting line-up in place on Remie Streete, who had to make do with a place on the bench.
Former Vale favourite Tom Pope, a substitute in Bury’s previous two games, was back in at the start, eager and ready to go against his former club.
Vale looked to have got the midweek defeat to Millwall out of their system, judging how they started the game, yet they had Jak Alnwick to thanks for two saves in the 6th minute to keep the Shakers at bay,
The Vale ‘keeper got down smartly to his left to push away a los drive from Danny Mayor and then seconds later dropped down to his right to make the save from Jacob Mellis.
Coming into the game on the back of away wins at both Walsall and Sheffield United, the home side were full of confidence, despite still looking for their first home win of the season.
Yet Vale were matching their hosts and were pushing forward at every opportunity, although Bury ‘keeper Rob Lainton had little to do in the opening minutes of the game.
There was a break in play after Ryan Inniss went down inside the Bury six yard box and the defender lay motionless for a couple of minutes while he received treatment, but he was soon able to take up his place in the heart of the defence.
Play switched from one end to the other with little in the way of clear cut chances for either side, but there was a half chance for the host when the ball fell to the feet of Pope, who turned sharply but fired wide of the target.
Anthony Grant bossed the centre of the park at times and was instrumental in much that Vale did well. It was he who began the move which almost saw Vale go in front on 37 minutes.
Winning the ball in the centre circle, he made time to look exactly what was on and threaded the ball through to Byron Moore on the right.
The ball was played into the feet of Uche Ikpeazu on the edge of the six yard box and the big striker managed to turn sharply to get in a shot, but Lainton in the Bury goal had read the situation well, and was on hand to make the save.
Vale began the second half very much on the front foot, driving forward in numbers and forcing the home defence to defend deep inside their own half.
Ryan Inniss and Richard Duffy were each within a whisker of getting on the end of a terrific angled cross from the right from Sam Foley as Vale went looking for an early second half goal.
Understandably, Vale were unable to sustain that king of pressure for too long and began to assert themselves on the game for a spell.
But Vale were far from finished and they continued to press at every opportunity. Former Vale loanee Peter Clarke came to the rescue on one occasion when Uche Ikpeazu moved the ball onto his left foot to shoot, but Clarke slid in to block.
GOAL:But moments later, in the 78th minute, the home side went in front when NATHAN CAMERON managed to get a clean head on the ball and despite a crowded six yard box, Vale were unable to prevent it going in.
In the 82nd minute Vale made a substitution when Rob Page took off Louis Dodds and replaced him with the equally nimble Ajay Leitch-Smith.
The Vale boss then made a double substitution in the 88th minute, sending on Ryan Lloyd and Colin Daniel, with Enoch Andoh and Uche Ikpeazu going the other way.
BURY:Rob Lainton, Joe Riley, Chris Hussey, Peter Clarke, Jacob Mellis, Leon Clarke, Danny Mayor, Tom Pope, Tom Soares, Nathan Cameron, Reece Brown. SUBS: John Ruddy, Hallam Hope, Craig Jones, Danny Pugh, Khalid Mohammed, Danny Rose, Matty Fould
PORT VALE:Jak Alnwick, Ben Purkiss, Carl Dickinson Richard Duffy, Uche Ikpeazu, Louis Dodds, Sam Foley, Byron Moore, Ryan Inniss, Enoch Andoh, Anthony Grant. SUBS: Sam Johnson, Remi Streete, Chris Birchal, Colin Daniel, Ajay Leitch-Smith, Ryan Lloyd, Jak McCourt