SHOCKING STAGS SHAKEN BY SHAKERS
Bury 3-0 Mansfield Town
Seddon 26, 57, Swailes pen 41.
Att 2,199 (381 from Mansfield)
Martin Shaw at Gigg Lane
A truly shocking performance by the Stags at Gigg Lane tonight. The first half was even worse than the second half at Lincoln, and that is saying something. The team never even tried to play passing football and were guilty time and again of hoofing the ball forward. Bury were a poor side, but were made to look like world beaters by the appalling Stags.
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report from teamtalk:
Stags sunk by Shakers
Mansfield's play-off hopes took another battering as Bury ran out 3-0 winners at Gigg Lane.
Keith Curle's side have now conceded 11 goals in their last three away matches and Bury striker David Nugent also twice hit the crossbar.
In the end Graham Barrow's team had to settle for their first three-goal haul since last October with Gareth Seddon helping himself to a double.
After Nugent had missed an open net from just a yard out, he made amends by setting up Seddon for his eighth goal of the campaign after 26 minutes.
Just before half-time former Bury trialist Luke Dimech brought down Nugent and defender Danny Swailes confidently converted the spot-kick.
Bury wrapped up the points in the 59th minute as Nugent, who had just hit the woodwork again, hustled keeper Kevin Pilkington into an error. Matt Barrass crossed into the area and with Pilkington scrambling to get back into goal, Seddon scored with a right foot finish from 16 yards.
report from footymad.net:
Bury dented Mansfield's play off hopes while giving a massive boost to their own chances of staying in Division Three.
The Shakers avenged a 5-3 defeat at Field Mill earlier in the season with arguably their best performance since Graham Barrow replaced Andy Preece as manager.
Bury netted three for the first time since last October but could easily have finished with double that total against a poor Mansfield side devoid of confidence and ideas.
Striker Gareth Seddon finished with two but should easily have collected the match ball while David Nugent, who had a hand in all three goals, twice hit the woodwork including one miss of the season contender.
"This result has been coming," said Barrow whose improved side have now just lost one in 11 games. "There were signs against Rochdale last Saturday that we were coming together and this was an excellent performance.
"But it's nice to get a win after all the draws we've had." After Nugent's amazing miss from virtually on the goal line he then set up Seddon for his opening goal.
Mansfield's cause wasn't helped when they lost Iyseden Christie to injury in the 33rd minute and the visitors' woe was completed just before the interval.
Luke Dimech, a former Bury trialist who had a nightmare match, pushed Nugent and Danny Swailes knocked in the penalty.
Nugent hit the crossbar for a second time just after the break but it was his persistence at closing down Kevin Pilkington that led to Seddon firing home a Matt Barrass centre.
"Gareth and David have been working really hard recently and tonight they got their reward," added Barrow.
Opposite number Keith Curle said: "Football's a simple game but at the moment the players are making it very difficult. We've got to bounce back and we've got to do it as a team, not as individuals."
Match Statistics (Bury/Stags)_
12 Goal Attempts 5
9 On target 4
1 Off target 1
2 Woodwork 0
3 Corners 4
12 Fouls 20
10 Offside 10
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