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Fleetwood's Shaker for Bury

Fleetwood Town 2 Bury 1

TOWN gained a confidence-boosting scalp a week before their second Blue Square North campaign kicks off with a victory which left Bury boss Alan Knill furious with his League Two side.

Goals by Mike Wilde and Ricky Mercer clinched victory as Bury brought a strong side for the first match on Highbury's new pitch.

In front of a 741 crowd, right-back Ashley Wooliscroft made his first home start and was soon tested as Bury spread the ball well in the opening moments.

Wooliscroft snuffed out the danger from Michael Jones, while on the opposite flank Bury's Danny Carlton couldn't find his way past new Town left-back Alan Wright.

It was Fleetwood who mounted the first goal threat after 15 minutes, when Nick Rogan's shot was held by Wayne Brown.

Efe Sodje then surged forward for the visitors but headed over the bar.

Brown then foiled Wilde in a one-on-one but the striker was not to be denied on the half-hour.

Chris Williams intercepted a Bury throw and fed skipper Jamie Milligan, whose decisive pass freed Wilde on the left edge of the penalty box and he beat the advancing Brown with a cheeky lob.

Town finished the half on top, with strike partners Rogan and Wilde both troubling Brown.

Former Bury keeper Aaron Grundy signed for Fleetwood on the day of the game after a successful trial and he replaced Danny Hurst after half-time.

However, Grundy had been on the field less than ten minutes when he was forced to pick the ball out of his net.

The keeper blocked a fierce shot by Danny Racchi, after a strong run, but the ball rebounded to Danny Carlton and the former Seasiders target tucked it away from close range.

But Town regained the lead on the hour and captain Milligan was again the provider, this time with a corner which centre-half Mercer met with a well-directed header from six yards.

Grundy impressed against his former club with a series of fine stops, including a tip around the post from David Buchanan and a late double save to deny Domaine Rouse.

Sean Clancy had his chances, and a penalty shout, for Fleetwood but it was not his day in front of goal.

Grundy's fellow substitute, striker Tom Cahill, also signed a Town contract on Saturday following trials.

Fleetwood complete their build-up to Saturday's opener at Solihull Moors this evening, when they welcome a Bolton Wanderers XI to Highbury (7.45pm).

Admission charges have been reduced to 5 (3 concessions) for this second home friendly in three days.

Town: Hurst, Wooliscroft, Wright, Mercer, Taylor, Pond, Clancy, Milligan, Wilde, Rogan, Williams; subs (all used), Grundy (GK), McNulty, Cahill, Hills, Mullan, McGuire

*LEFT-BACK Ryan Elderton has been released by Fleetwood following the signing of Alan Wright.

 
 
 

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