Bury spring surprise victory
Last Updated: 02/02/13 6:30pm
Andy Bishop: Opened the scoring
Bury pulled off an upset by beating joint-leaders Doncaster 2-0 at Gigg Lane to claim their first win in 13 attempts.
Fit-again striker Andy Bishop broke the deadlock in the 25th minute before Nicky Ajose doubled the hosts' lead 10 minutes later.
And although the visitors piled on the pressure for the rest of the contest Bury hung on to end Doncaster's 12-match unbeaten away run.
Rovers made the early running and Chris Brown's header was saved by Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson, while David Syers and Rob Jones volleyed over from inside the Bury box.
But the hosts began to threaten and took the lead following Joe Skarz's clever throw to Ajose. The on-loan Peterborough striker had run behind the visitors' defence and crossed first time for Bishop to score with a glancing header.
Jamie McCombe made an important block to deny Bishop, but moments later Skarz delivered an inswinging corner which sailed over goalkeeper Gary Woods and in off the far post, with Ajose claiming the final touch on the goalline.
Doncaster got straight back on the front foot, with James Coppinger and Brown firing wide either side of half-time.
Bishop spurned a great chance to seal victory on the hour-mark, firing straight at Woods after being played in by Ajose.
Doncaster continued to pour forward and Carson made a fine save to turn over Coppinger's shot, while McCombe volleyed over from 12 yards.
David Cotterill also went close and substitute Billy Paynter headed wide from close range as Bury held on.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 2nd Feb
Bury2 - 0Doncaster
Crewe1 - 0Scunthorpe
Hartlepool2 - 1Notts Co
MK Dons0 - 3Bournemth
Portsmouth2 - 3Colchester
Preston1 - 2Shrewsbury
Stevenage0 - 1Leyton Or
Tranmere0 - 1Carlisle
Walsall3 - 1Oldham
Yeovil3 - 0Brentford
Crawley1 - 1Swindon
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