MATCHDAY LIVE: Crawley Town 3 Bury 2
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F/T: Crawley Town 3 Bury 2
Nicky Adams' injury time strike left the Bury players on their knees after an amazing final 25 minutes of what had been an uninspiring match.
The Crawley midfielder curled a speculative effort past Trevor Carson from the right to seal victory, moments after Kyle McFadzean had rattled the bar for the home side.
93 - GOAL - CRAWLEY TOWN 3 Bury 2 - Nicky Adams
78 – Hopper should have done better after being put through by Schumacher, but drags his shot past the post.
72 – Forte and Torres on for Ajose and Jones.
Craig Jones's introduction sparks an unlikely comeback for Blackwell's side.
Just five minutes after coming on Bury are level thanks to headers from Hopper and Bishop.
Tom Hopper converted a dinked Bishop cross for the first before Bishop rose like a salmon at the back post to power home Jones's deep curling cross from the right.
68 - GOAL - Crawley Town 2 Bury 2 - Andy Bishop
65 - GOAL - Crawley Town 2 Bury 1 - Tom Hopper
63 – Sub – Craig Jones on for Marshall.
Hope Akpan fired in low into the bottom corner from the edge of the Bury box.
The goal was teed up by Nicky Adams, who latched on to a poor clearing header from Mark Carrington just inside the Bury half and ran to the edge of the box before offloading to Akpan on the left.
The centre midfielder then cut inside and drilled his right-footed effort past the dive of Trevor Carson.
52 - GOAL - CRAWLEY TOWN 2 Bury 1 - Hope Akpan
50 – Finally, Bishop has Bury’s first effort on target, but his header is easily gathered by Paul Jones in the Crawley goal.
K/O: Crawley get the second half underway at the Broadfield...
H/T: Crawley Town 1 Bury 0
All Bury's hard work defensively was undone on the stroke of half-time by a goal made at Gigg Lane.
Former Shakers Nicky Ajose and Mike Jones linked up well on the right to help tee up Nicky Adams, who made no mistake at the back post.
Ajose drifted off to the right and played a reverse ball into the run of Mike Jones down the channel, who pulled a centre across goal for Adams to fire into the roof of the net.
Adams, Ajose and Jones had looked Crawley's most dangerous players throughout the first half, while Bury failed to muster a single shot on target at the other end.
GOAL - 43 - CRAWLEY 1 Bury 0 - Nicky Adams
32 – Steven Schumacher’s free-kick is just too high for Bishop, who would have had a free header at the back post. It wasn’t an effort on goal, but was the closest Bury have come to one in the opening 30 minutes.
26 – Former Shakers Ajose and Mike Jones link up, but Jones skies his team-mate's centre in front of the appreciative Bury fans.
Hopper has moved infield, with Worrall moving to the left wing.
21 – Sub – Worrall on for Cullen (who limped off with what looked like an ankle injury).
20 – Gary Alexander flings himself at a Nathaniel Byrne cross from the right but heads narrowly wide.
16 – Hughes looked to have intercepted an Ajose cross with his arm, but the ref waves away appeals from the crowd for a penalty.
12 – Nicky Ajose drags a drive past the far post after Mark Hughes’s slip gave the former Shaker a free shot on goal from the edge of the box.
Slippery conditions have made for a scrappy start, with neither side creating a meaningful chance until midfielder Nicky Adams jinked his way into the box in the ninth minute and flashed a shot across goal.
As predicted, Blackwell has started with Bishop up front, Hopper on the left and Cullen in an attacking midfield role.
Didn't take long for the Richie Barker songs to start in the away end...
K/O: Bury get play underway at the Broadfield Stadium...
Almost missed out the return of Mark Cullen to the first team in League One.
While Blackwell has picked three strikers in Cullen, Bishop and Hopper, the likelihood is that they won't shape up quite that attacking.
Cullen is favourite to start behind Bishop in a withdrawn role, with Hopper - who is naturally left-footed - reverting to the left of midfield.
However, the young Leicester striker was played down the middle at Stevenage and alongside David Healy in the defeat to Swindon, so it will be interesting to see how Blackwell uses him.
The Bury manager's attacking options on the bench are limited with no out-and-out strikers named in the seven subs.
CRAWLEY TOWN: P Jones; N Byrne, Sadler, McFadzean, Walsh; Adams, Simpson, Akpan, M Jones, Alexander, Ajose.
Subs: Connolly, Clarke, Torres, Forte, Hunt, Bulman, Kuipers.
BURY: Carson; Doherty, Lockwood, Hughes, Skarz; Carrington, Schumacher; Marshall, Cullen, Hopper; Bishop.
Subs: Byrne, Sweeney, Worrall, C Jones, Sodje, A Jones, Belford.
Referee: Oliver Langford
Bury travel to Surrey today fresh from their first win of the season on Tuesday, when they crept past Rochdale on penalties in the second round of the Football League Trophy.
Kevin Blackwell's side will be hoping to build on that in their first encounter with Richie Barker's Crawley Town since their former manager jumped ship five days before the start of this season.
The Shakers manager makes two chances from his last league outing, bringing in Mark Carrington and Andy Bishop for David Healy and Peter Sweeney.
While Blackwell plumped for a 4-4-2 formation at home in the 1-0 defeat to Swindon, he is likely to go back to his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation away from home.
If that is the case, Tom Hopper will line up on the left and Bishop will play the loan front role.
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