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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 Burton Albion 34 64
2 Shrewsbury Town 33 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 33 60
4 Luton Town 33 58
5 Southend United 33 57
6 Bury 33 55
7 Newport County AFC 33 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 33 52
9 Stevenage 33 49
10 Northampton Town 33 47
11 AFC Wimbledon 33 45
12 Portsmouth 33 44
13 Morecambe 33 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 33 43
16 Cambridge United 33 41
17 Oxford United 33 38
18 Mansfield Town 33 38
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 33 37
20 Tranmere Rovers 33 34
21 Cheltenham Town 33 34
22 York City 33 33
23 Carlisle United 33 33
24 Hartlepool United 33 27