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Gigg Lane (ATT 2,314) 1st April 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Bury Bury vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

Bury 2

H Hope (3)
T Soares (80)

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Bristol R 1

K Mohamed (45+4)

Shakers soar into top half

Last Updated: 01/04/14 10:58pm

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Tom Soares: Bagged the winning goal

Tom Soares: Bagged the winning goal

Tom Soares climbed off the bench to give Bury a 2-1 home win against Bristol Rovers and ease their relegation fears.

Hallam Hope gave them a dream start by firing in a third-minute opener, only for Rovers to equalise on the stroke of half-time as Ollie Clarke's shot deflected in off team-mate Kaid Mohamed.

But with his very first touch, Soares headed home in the 80th minute to send the Shakers into the top half of League Two and leave the Pirates in 20th place.

Bury took the lead with a goal from nothing. There seemed little on when the ball looped to Hope just inside the right corner of the box.

But the Everton loanee brought it down on his thigh before smashing a half-volley inside the far post for his second goal in two Bury games.

Pablo Mills then saw a header saved while Andrew Tutte and Danny Nardiello also went close for Bury.

Jim McNulty's error gifted Rovers a chance but Brian Jensen denied John-Joe O'Toole to spare the defender's blushes.

But moments later Mohamed's deflection left Jensen stranded and the veteran keeper had to pull off a superb save to keep out Matt Harrold's header.

Rovers remained on top after the break, with Michael Smith and Harrold spurning decent openings.

Bury replied with Nardiello twice going close before Soares claimed the winner, heading home at the near post from Chris Hussey's left-wing corner.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39