Bury v Port Vale
Saturday 3rd September 2016
At Gigg Lane
Attendance: 4,042 including 1,298 visiting supporters
Vale’s superb defensive record since the start of the season was shot to pieces at Gigg Lane by a hard working Bury side, who showed their own ambition hitting four goals to lif themselves up the table.
Nathan Smith was on the score sheet again with his third goal of the season, but all to no avail as Vale struggled with not only their opponents, but the conditions.
Fortunately for the Valiants, results elsewhere went in their favour and despite the defeat Bruno Ribeiro’s side finished the game only four points off the top of the table.
Vale made two enforced changes from the eleven who started against Scunthorpe United the previous weekend, with Anythony Grant and Paulo Tavares the two players to drop out.
Tavares was fit enough to take his place on the Vale bench, whilst Grant wasn’t in the squad – that meant starts for both Sebastien Amoros and Anthony de Freitas.
Incessant rain before the game and at kick off meant for a tricky Gigg Lane playing surface with the ball holding up in the rain, making it difficult for Vale to impose their game on the home side.
GOAL:It was Bury to took full advantage of the conditions as early as the 6th minute. Vale were caught out when the ball suddenly stopped in a pool of water, it was then played inside for James Vaughan to slot home.
It didn’t dampen spirits too much amongst the Vale contingent at the other end of the ground, they were still in fine voice, getting right behind the team.
Vale made an early change when in the 15th minute Anthony de Freitas was withdrawn and his place taken by Martin Paterson, who slotted in alongside Anthony Forrester up front.
Both sides were finding it difficult to play football and conditions were not improving with the rain still coming down quite heavy.
GOAL:It didn’t seem to affect the way the home side went about their business, however, and they doubled their lead in the 22nd minute when Jacob Mellis fired home from 20 yards.
GOAL:Just eight minutes later, one of the league’s strongest defences was breached once again when Vale were guilty of backing off in front of Jak Alnwick’s goal, giving James Vaughan the opportunity to fire home his second and the Shakers’ third from 16 yards.
Vale were beginning to look very much second best by a Bury side whose confidence had obviously been lifted by the events in the opening half hour of the game.
Whilst Vale continued to struggle with the conditions, you could argue that it was the same for both sides, but if anything, it was Vale’s passing game that was least suited to a rain-soaked Gigg Lane pitch.
Vaughan was close to a hat-trick goal in the 45th minute when Ismail went past Kjell Knops to send in a cross to the near post, but Vaughan’s header hit the side-netting.
Vale made a substitution at the start of the second half, new signing Gezim Shalaj coming to in place of Alex Jones on the right hand side.
Within three minutes of the restart Anton Forrester was forced off with what looked like hamstring problem and replaced in a straight swap by Rigino Cicilia.
GOAL:With a lot of the travelling supporters leaving early after seeing enough, Vale pulled a goal back to give themselves some hope and it was the man NATHAN SMITH again who bundled the ball home from close range.
Moments later Jak Alnwick was called into action at the other end, throwing himselve in the way opf Hallam Hope’s shot from the edge of the box.
Vale’s football had improved vastly and they looked like they were capable of pulling a second goal back, going close on a couple of occasions, but it all went pear-shaped in the 73rd minute when the home side hit a fourth goal.
GOAL:Rigino Cicilia was clattered on the halfway line by two players and the ball ran free for Bury, with substitute Hallam Hope homing in on goal and his shot took a defection to see it loop over the head of Alnwick.
BURY:Ben Williams, Greg Leigh, Antony Kay, Zeli Ismail, Danny Mayor, Tom Pope, James Vaughan, Jacob Mellis, Tom Soares, Niall Maher, Leon Barnett. SUBS: Anthony Dudley, Kean Bryan, Scott Burgess, Paul Rahubka, Tom Walker, Hallam Hope, Chukwuemeka.
PORT VALE: Jak Alnwick, Ben Purkiss, Remie Streete, Nathan Smith, Kjell Knops, Alex Jones, Anthony de Freitas, Sam Foley, Sebastien Amoros, Jerome Thomas, Anton Forrester. SUBS: Ryan Boot, Calvin Mac-Intosch, Rigino Cicilia, Martin Paterson, Quentin Pereira, Gezim Shalaj, Paulo Tavares.