April 13, 2013
Matt finish sends Shakers down
Oldham substitute Matt Smith scored 11 minutes from time to clinch Oldham a precious 1-0 victory that consigned Bury to relegation.
Smith headed in his ninth goal of the season after stretching superbly to meet fellow substitute Kirk Millar's cross in the 79th minute.
Two nervous sides played out a disappointing goalless first half at Gigg Lane.
Oldham's Cristian Montano saw an early shot saved well by Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford, while the hosts responded with striker Andy Bishop heading inches wide from Tom Soares' cross.
Lee Croft fired a low shot wide for the visitors, while skipper Robbie Simpson headed narrowly over the top from Montano's cross.
After the break Zac Thompson ought to have doen better for Bury when he drove a shot straight at Oldham goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis.
Bury's on-loan striker Jonson Clarke-Harris then leapt superbly, but saw his header trickle just past the post.
Lee Barnard fired a decent effort over the top for the visitors, but Smith was their late hero as Oldham, two points clear of the relegation zone, edged a little closer to safety.
|Matt Smith (79')|
|30 Cameron Belford||13 Dean Bouzanis|
|17 Mark Hughes||5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono|
|6 Ashley Eastham||3 Jonathan Grounds|
|34 Ethan Ebanks-Landell||2 Connor Brown|
|35 Tom Soares||7 Lee Croft|
|13 Mark Carrington||23 Korey Smith|
|7 David Worrall||6 James Tarkowski|
|32 Zac Thompson||29 David Mellor|
|10 Andy Bishop||10 Robbie Simpson|
|26 Jonson Clarke-Harris||18 Lee Barnard|
|15 Nicholas Ajose||11 Cristian Montano|
|19 Carl Regan||Liam Jacob 25|
|36 Valery Mezague||Carl Winchester 26|
|25 David Healy||Glenn Belezika 27|
|29 Tom Pratt||Bobby Reid 22|
|Chris Iwelumo 9|
|Matt Smith 14|
|Kirk Millar 21|
|Valery Mezague for Ethan Ebanks-Landell (46)||Kirk Millar for Robbie Simpson (63)|
|David Healy for Jonson Clarke-Harris (69)||Matt Smith for Lee Barnard (64)|
|Tom Pratt for Andy Bishop (88)||Bobby Reid for Cristian Montano (90)|
|Ashley Eastham (55)||Connor Brown (10)|
|Jean Yves Mvoto Owono (31)|
|· Squads: Bury | Oldham Athletic|