November 3, 2012
Sodje sees red but Shakers survive
Bury survived the second-half dismissal of Efe Sodje to beat Exeter 1-0 and reach the second round of the FA Cup.
The veteran centre-back had given League One Bury a deserved lead in the 35th minute and although he was sent off on the hour mark for a second bookable offence, Exeter were unable to take the tie to a replay.
Bury dominated the first half, with Peter Sweeney firing over before Dominic Poleon's shot clipped the top of the crossbar.
Alan Gow proved a constant threat for Exeter and was fouled for Sodje's first yellow card before testing Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson with the resulting free-kick.
But Bury went in front as Sweeney played a short corner to David Worrall and Sodje rose highest to head his cross home at the far post.
Poleon drew a fine save from Artur Krysiak just after the break and half-time substitute John O'Flynn volleyed narrowly over.
Carson gathered Gow's shot at the second attempt before the Scottish striker turned Sodje again, drawing his second booking.
Liam Sercombe then had a close-range shot blocked while Gow fired narrowly wide but Bury went closest to scoring in a thrilling finale when Troy Hewitt's effort struck the crossbar.
|Efetobore Sodje (35')|
|1 Trevor Carson||1 Artur Krysiak|
|16 Efetobore Sodje||16 Kevin Amankwaah|
|5 Adam Brian Lockwood||6 Danny Coles|
|31 Matthew Doherty||3 Craig Woodman|
|3 Joe Skarz||5 Pat Baldwin|
|6 Peter Sweeney||2 Steve Tully|
|8 Steven Schumacher||4 Scott Bennett|
|7 David Worrall||8 Matt Oakley|
|25 David Healy||7 Liam Sercombe|
|19 Troy Hewitt||12 Jamie Cureton|
|33 Dominic Poleon||10 Alan Gow|
|30 Cameron Belford||Rhys Evans 24|
|17 Mark Hughes||Jordan Moore-Taylor 37|
|9 Craig Jones||Tommy Doherty 14|
|21 Andrai Jones||Aaron Dawson 23|
|4 Shane Byrne||Jimmy Keohane 22|
|15 Lateef Elford-Alliyu||John O'Flynn 19|
|Tom Nicholls 20|
|Mark Hughes for David Healy (62)||John O'Flynn for Steve Tully (46)|
|Aaron Dawson for Kevin Amankwaah (86)|
|Efetobore Sodje (28)||Pat Baldwin (82)|
|Adam Brian Lockwood (57)|
|Joe Skarz (68)|
|Efetobore Sodje (60)|
|· Squads: Bury | Exeter City|