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Gigg Lane (ATT 2,080) 8th February 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Salisbury

Bury Bury vs Stevenage Stevenage

Bury 3

A Bishop (8)
E Sodje (61)
R Lowe (70)

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Shakers maintain good run

Last Updated: 08/02/11 10:25pm

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Bishop: On the scoresheet

Bishop: On the scoresheet

Bury strengthened their grip on a League Two play-off place with a 3-0 home win over Stevenage on Tuesday night.

Fit-again striker Andy Bishop marked his first start since September with an eighth-minute opener. Veteran centre-half Efe Sodje doubled Bury's lead in the 61st minute before top-scorer Ryan Lowe sealed a third straight win with 20 minutes left.

A bright Bury start was rewarded as Bishop, who has been dogged by tendonitis, claimed his third goal of the season. Steve Schumacher's cross found the striker 12 yards out and the ball deflected off his knee, wide of goalkeeper Chris Day and in off the far post.

Day pulled off a superb save moments later to deny winger Andy Haworth before Lowe blazed over after linking with Bishop.

Sodje gave the hosts breathing space by stealing in to poke home from a Mike Jones cross. Craig Reid came off the bench for the visitors and saw two efforts cleared off the line by Tom Lees, while Michael Bostwick headed wide.

Bury were assured of the three points, though, when Lowe headed home from Haworth's cross for his 18th goal of the season.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 14 28
2 Burton Albion 14 28
3 Luton Town 14 27
4 Bury 14 26
5 Shrewsbury Town 14 24
6 Plymouth Argyle 14 23
7 Morecambe 14 23
8 Newport County AFC 14 22
9 Cheltenham Town 14 22
10 Southend United 14 21
11 Portsmouth 14 20
12 AFC Wimbledon 14 19
13 Exeter City 14 19
14 Accrington Stanley 14 19
15 Cambridge United 14 18
16 Northampton Town 14 18
17 Mansfield Town 14 18
18 Stevenage 14 17
19 Oxford United 14 16
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 14 14
21 Carlisle United 14 12
22 York City 14 11
23 Hartlepool United 14 11
24 Tranmere Rovers 14 10