The third of October will go down in Bury AFC folklore – not only was it the date of the first meeting of volunteers in 2019, but it was also the date of the first league fixture in 2020 for the club they created… and its first win.
It was an action-packed first half, with Bury AFC having the lion’s share of chances. The home side were first to break the deadlock on 11 minutes thanks to a stunning half volley from Tony Whitehead on the edge of the box.
Bury continued to pile on the pressure, with Kris Holt, Aidan Chippendale and Tom Greaves all coming close to extending the lead, but it was Steeton who scored next to bring the game level.
The visitors were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box with ten minutes of the opening half to play. Ben Wignall stepped up and, as the Bury wall jumped in unison, sent a powerful drive under their feet and past the right hand of Ed Wilczynski.
HT Bury AFC 1 Steeton AFC 1
The home side were quick out of the blocks after the break and chalked up numerous chances in the opening ten minutes of the half.
Chippendale worked his magic with twists and turns in the corner of the box before his effort was deflected over the bar. Minutes later and Greg Daniels saw his headed effort blocked and Greaves was close to firing home and re-taking the lead for Bury.
Some nice link up play from the home side on 70 minutes saw Daniels trying to slip the ball through to Greaves from the edge of the box, but he was offside and had to let it run.
It was only minutes later when Holt tried a curling right-footed shot across goal, forcing a brilliant save from the outstretched Jordan Moorhouse.
Bury continued to pile on the pressure and it looked like the game would end in a frustrating draw – but all that changed on 86 minutes. Steeton made a break for it, and despite the best efforts of Scott Metcalfe to get back in time, the ball found Andrew Briggs who was free to slide the ball into an empty net.
But Bury heads didn’t drop.
Substitute Liam MacDevitt was there to poke the ball home on 87 minutes after Greaves saw his headed effort saved, but the offside flag thwarted the celebrations.
Bury got their equaliser as normal time turned to added – Greaves had been knocking on the door all game and got his reward as the home side was awarded a penalty. He converted from the spot and the home fans went wild, thinking a point had been rescued.
As the referee let the added time tick by, Bury saw their opportunity… and took it.
A corner was delivered into the box on 90+5 minutes and, following an almighty goalmouth scramble, it was Greaves who eventually poked it home to claim his second inside three minutes, much to the acclaim of the 300-strong crowd inside the Neuven Stadium to witness it!
Bury AFC 3
Whitehead (11′), Greaves (90’+1, 90’+5)
Steeton AFC 2
Wignall (35′), Briggs (81′)
Bury AFC STARTING XI: 1. Ed Wilczynski, 2. Matty Williams, 3. Scott Metcalfe (c), 4. Tony Whitehead, 5. Jordan Downing, 6. Bailey Sloane (Feudjio, 71), 7. Lewis Gilboy (O’Keefe, 55), 8. Kris Holt, 9. Tom Greaves, 10. Greg Daniels (MacDevitt,71), 11. Aiden Chippendale.
SUBS: 12. Liam McDevitt, 14. Alex O’Keefe, 15. Tommy Lent, 16. Arthur Feudjio, 17. Joe Stanley.
Steeton AFC STARTING XI: 1. Jordan Moorhouse, 2. Tyler Marsh (Borek, 82), 3. Elliot Scott, 4. Alistair Morgan, 5. Jerome White (c), 6. James Wolfenden, 7. Mohammed Farhan Subhani, 8. Timothy Hird, 9. Benjamin Wignall (Briggs, 59), 10. Kayle Price, 11. Jake Townsend (Jeffrey, 87).
SUBS: 15. Andrew Briggs, 16. Alex Preston, 17. McKenzie Borek, 12. Tobias Jeffrey, 14. Luke Baldwin.