April 16, 2013
Ajose nets winner
Nicky Ajose delivered a crushing blow to Scunthorpe's survival hopes by sealing a 2-1 win for Bury - their first win in six games.
The on-loan Peterborough striker completed an unlikely triumph by grabbing the winner just two minutes after Jonson Clarke-Harris had equalised.
Bury's relegation had been confirmed by defeat to Oldham three days previous but they recovered sufficiently to leave Scunthorpe perilously close to the same fate.
The visitors had actually started much stronger, Matt Godden springing the offside trap only to shank a tame effort wide.
Cameron Belford made an acrobatic save from Karl Hawley's deflected effort but could do nothing about the Iron striker's header on the stroke of half-time.
Hawley glanced an expert finish into the corner of the net from Mark Duffy's arrowed cross.
Duffy spurned a good chance to double the lead, allowing Clarke-Harris to level with a stunning left-footed free kick, which flashed past a stunned Eirik Johansen.
The Shakers completed their comeback when Ajose capitalised on a defensive mix-up to slot home, leaving Scunthorpe five points from safety.
|30 Cameron Belford||26 Eirik Holmen Johansen|
|19 Carl Regan||6 Paul Reid|
|17 Mark Hughes||21 Tom Newey|
|6 Ashley Eastham||18 Eddie Nolan|
|36 Valery Mezague||15 Niall Canavan|
|35 Tom Soares||19 Michael Collins|
|13 Mark Carrington||16 Mark Duffy|
|7 David Worrall||7 James Ryan|
|32 Zac Thompson||23 Anthony Forde|
|26 Jonson Clarke-Harris||22 Karl Hawley|
|15 Nicholas Ajose||17 Matt Godden|
|25 David Healy||Sam Slocombe 1|
|29 Tom Pratt||David Mirfin 5|
|Christian Ribeiro 2|
|Robbie Gibbons 14|
|Akpo Sodje 9|
|Mike Grella 10|
|James Alabi 27|
|David Mirfin for Niall Canavan (11)|
|Mike Grella for Anthony Forde (68)|
|Akpo Sodje for Karl Hawley (70)|
|Valery Mezague (57)|
|· Squads: Bury | Scunthorpe United|