Bury 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 24, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton moved up to 2nd in League One, after a brace of penalties from Zach Clough gave them a first league win at Bury since 1929.

Clough opened the scoring inside 13 minutes at Gigg Lane, stroking the ball past Ben Williams in the Shakers goal after he had gone to ground under a challenge from former Wanderers defender Niall Maher.

He doubled his tally for the evening 11 minutes after the break, netting once again from the spot after he had taken a tumble whilst under pressure from Leon Barnett.

Victory for Phil Parkinson's side, along with a fifth successive clean sheet in all competitions, marked the first time they had achieved such a record since November 2005, during a run which also included UEFA Cup football.

Parkinson has shown willing to stick with players who have got results in recent weeks and made just the one enforced change ahead of the game, as Derik Osede started in the league for the first time this season in place of the injured Tom Thorpe.

With the action underway, it was Bolton who created the first shooting opportunity of the game. It fell the way of Sammy Ameobi, whose fierce left-footed strike from 25 yards brought a smart save out of Williams.

Bury pushed forward without enjoying any success in the final third in the moments that followed, before the visitors were awarded a penalty as Clough went to ground under a clumsy challenge from Maher.

Clough took responsibility for the spot-kick and slotted the ball straight down the middle of the goal to break the deadlock and give Wanderers the lead.

He should have doubled that advantage two minutes later, latching on to a through-ball before rounding Williams. With defenders tracking back to fill the empty goal, Clough directed his strike on target only to be denied by Maher on the goal line.

Bury's first chance of the evening arrived at the midway point of the half, with ex-Bolton midfielder Neil Danns forcing Mark Howard into a low stop with a stinging drive from just outside the box.

Danns had another opportunity shortly after the half-hour, as he stood over a free-kick which had been awarded for a foul by Osede on Danny Mayor. Danns drilled his effort into the Wanderers wall, before Greg Leigh lifted the rebound over the crossbar.

Bolton took their one-goal advantage into the break and emerged unchanged for the start of the second period, which began with Ameobi bringing Williams into action, as he tipped away a bending strike from the on-loan Newcastle United winger.

James Vaughan saw a shot on goal blocked by the outstanding David Wheater shortly afterwards, before Tom Soares was the recipient of a yellow card for a lunge on Jay Spearing.

The away side then took full control of the match when they were awarded a second penalty, as Clough once again went to ground inside the Bury box - this time under pressure from Barnett.

Just as he did in the opening 45 minutes, Clough took control of the ball and stepped up to take the spot-kick himself. This time he picked out the bottom-left corner, sending Williams the wrong way in the process as he doubled Bolton's lead to give them a two-goal cushion.

Clough, now with a hat-trick in his sights, was denied a third just after the hour, as Williams got down quickly to turn a curling shot behind.

Zeli Ismail provided Shakers substitute Kelvin Etuhu with the chance to reduce the deficit on 75 minutes, but he failed to direct his effort on target, shortly before a Wanderers substitute spurned the chance to make it 3-0.

James Henry, himself also on as a substitute, teed the ball up for Jamie Proctor. With the goal at his mercy, he looked seal to add some gloss to the result, only to get his angles terribly wrong and side-foot wide of the near post.

There was to be no further goalmouth action at Gigg Lane, as Wanderers ended a run of 87 years without a win on a ground which has been historically unkind to them.

The win puts Bolton back into the automatic promotion places in League One, ahead of their weekend clash at home to Port Vale.

Bury: Williams, Maher (Etuhu 72), Barnett (Tutte 81), Kay, Leigh, Ismail, Soares, Mayor, Danns (Hope 60), Mellis, Vaughan
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Dudley, Burgess, Miller
Booked: Soares

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, Wilson, Wheater, Beevers, A Taylor, Ameobi (C Taylor 90), Spearing, Osede, Vela, Clough (Henry 77), Madine (Proctor 76)
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Buxton, Anderson, Perry
Goals: Clough 13(pen),56(pen)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Attendance: 8,007

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