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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 Burton Albion 45 91
2 Shrewsbury Town 45 89
3 Southend United 45 84
4 Bury 45 82
5 Wycombe Wanderers 45 81
6 Stevenage 45 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 45 68
8 Luton Town 45 65
9 Newport County AFC 45 65
10 Northampton Town 45 61
11 Exeter City 45 61
12 Morecambe 45 60
13 Dagenham & Redbridge 45 59
14 Oxford United 45 58
15 AFC Wimbledon 45 57
16 Portsmouth 45 56
17 Accrington Stanley 45 53
18 Cambridge United 45 51
19 York City 45 51
20 Carlisle United 45 49
21 Mansfield Town 45 48
22 Hartlepool United 45 44
23 Cheltenham Town 45 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 45 39