Date: 6th October 2015 at 9:50pm
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It was déjà vu at Gigg Lane on Tuesday night as Bury entertained Morecambe for the second season in a row for a place in the next round of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy. Last year, the Shakers won 3-1 but since then Morecambe have had the bragging rights against them as far as league points are concerned at least. When they were both in League Two last season, the Shrimps won both home and away matches against David Flitcroft`s men. Despite this, without Morecambe`s crucial input – the customary defeat of Southend United at the Globe in the last game of the campaign – Bury would possibly still be in League Two: the Shrimps` defeat of the Shrimpers allowed the Shakers to pinch the Essex club`s third place in the table and the automatic promotion which went with it.

Life in League One seems to suit the Gigg Lane outfit – they had won all six of the games they played in September and won again at Colchester the previous Saturday to put themselves third in the League One table. The visitors, on the other hand, have been experiencing a severe dip in form: after a promising start to the season, Jim Bentley`s men have lost all three of their last home games. In doing so, they have provoked unusual criticism from the Manager, who has variously claimed he has felt `let down` and that the defence needs to `stand up and be counted` in recent times.

The hosts were marginally the better team during a first half of few chances and half time arrived scoreless. Rob Lainton did well to deny Kevin Ellison with his foot within ten minutes of the re-start to deny the best chance of the game so far but Morecambe found themselves on the back foot at times as well. Tom Pope`s chip was cleared off the line by Ryan Edwards after 78 minutes and the Bury player drew an excellent fingertip save from Barry Roche just four minutes later. But after 81 minutes, substitute Jack Ryan did the spade work down the wing to sling over a cross which Shaun Miller converted from close range to score what turned out to be winning goal of the tie.

It was an excellent morale-boosting win for the Shrimps on the road, setting-up the team perfectly for next Saturday`s tie at closest northern rivals Carlisle United at Brunton Park in the league.