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Gigg Lane (ATT 3,376) 9th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Bury Bury vs Cheltenham Town Cheltenhm

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J Hanks (42)

Hanks strike sees off Bury

Last Updated: 09/08/14 6:13pm

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Byron Harrison: Set up the winner

Byron Harrison: Set up the winner

Joe Hanks came off the bench to score his first senior goal and give Cheltenham a 1-0 win at Bury on Saturday.

The hosts were among the pre-season favourites for the League 2 title but Hanks' 42nd-minute strike proved enough to give the Robins a winning start.

The young midfielder replaced the injured Asa Hall in just the eighth minute yet the visitors still took charge early on.

Jason Taylor had a shot turned wide by Bury goalkeeper Shwan Jalal before Hanks volleyed too close to Jalal.

Bury replied with Tom Soares turning Chris Hussey's low cross just wide, before Cheltenham's new captain Matt Taylor had a goal disallowed for pushing on his debut.

But the Robins were not to be denied moments later as, after a spell of possession outside the Bury box, Byron Harrison laid off for Hanks to fire home from 20 yards.

The visitors sat back in the second half, allowing Bury to boss possession, and Andrew Tutte twice went close before Pablo Mills had a header saved.

Nicky Adams and Ryan Lowe then fired just wide but Bury's hopes of breaking Cheltenham down were over as Trevor Carson tipped over Danny Mayor's late strike.

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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