Stevenage 3-3 Bury

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Stevenage 3-3 Bury

Stevenage 3-3 Bury

Stevenage confirmed a play-off place after a thrilling draw with Bury.

The home side were in front when Scott Laird crashed home low into the corner, but Steven Schumacher equalised soon after for the Shakers from 20 yards.

Stevenage regained the lead when Chris Reid scored from the penalty spot, but Nicky Ajose nodded home to level before half-time from Mike Jones' cross.

Another long-range strike from Schumacher made it 3-2 to Bury but Ben May equalised with 15 minutes left.

The result means Gillingham now miss out on a League Two play-off place, while Stevenage are set to face Accrington in a two-legged semi-final.

Promoted Bury had a chance of winning the title going into the game, but Chesterfield's 3-1 win over the Gills meant a win would not have been enough for the Shakers.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The game itself was a terrific affair. Both sides obviously trying to win the game, football end to end, both attacks probably getting the better of both defences which was a surprise because we had the two best defences in the league coming into the game.

"Whatever was going on elsewhere, we knew it was in our hands. I was pretty aware in the last ten minutes that 3-3 would pretty much see us through. I consolidated and made sure we brought the point in that would consolidate us into sixth.

"I think the lads deserve all the credit that they are going to get. I think at the same time, they'll take the credit but keep their feet on the floor. They know there is a lot of work still to be done."

Bury caretaker manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm probably glad Chesterfield won as if we'd have drawn and they got beat, I would have been more annoyed.

"I think we're the best footballing side in this division and I said to the players to go out and advertise themselves.

"Everybody has pulled together and worked really hard and everyone's attitude for the past few weeks have been brilliant."

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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Npower League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stevenage 3-3 Bury FT
(HT 2-2)
  • Laird 8
  • Reid (pen) 19
  • May 73
  • Schumacher 16
  • Ajose 31
  • Schumacher 70

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 03 Laird
  • 04 Charles
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 25 Henry
  • 26 Harrison (May 53) (Beardsley 78)
  • 13 Byrom (Murphy 87)
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 10 Reid
  • 23 Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 31 Marjarson,
  • 07 Murphy,
  • 08 Long,
  • 12 May,
  • 20 Beardsley,
  • 27 Maamria

Bury

  • 01 Belford yellow card
  • 03 Skarz
  • 04 Lees
  • 16 Sodje yellow card
  • 06 Sweeney
  • 07 Worrall
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 14 Jones (Haworth 66)
  • 17 Bennett (McCartney 90+2)
  • 15 Lowe
  • 25 Ajose (John-Lewis 79)

Substitutes

  • 20 Branagan,
  • 02 Picken,
  • 05 Futcher,
  • 11 Haworth,
  • 21 Jones,
  • 12 John-Lewis,
  • 26 McCartney
Ref: SarginsonAtt: 5,016
STEVENAGE
BURY

Possession

  • Stevenage 50%
  • Bury 50%

Attempts on target

  • Stevenage 4
  • Bury 3

Attempts off target

  • Stevenage 13
  • Bury 5

Corners

  • Stevenage 6
  • Bury 7

Fouls

  • Stevenage 7
  • Bury 9
  • Final Result
  • 95:49 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:10 Attacking throw-in by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 90:00+1:56 Substitution Bury substitution: Kyle Bennett replaced by Luke McCarthy (tactical).
  • 90:00+1:47 Shot by Craig Reid (Stevenage) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right.
  • 90:00+1:31 Shot by Andy Haworth (Bury) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 90:00+1:05 Attacking throw-in by David Worrall (Bury).
  • 90:00+0:22 Attacking throw-in by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 87:41 Defending throw-in by David Worrall (Bury).
  • 86:59 Substitution Stevenage substitution: Joel Byrom replaced by Darren Murphy (tactical).
  • 86:47 Header by Mark Roberts (Stevenage) from left side of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.
  • 85:12 Booking Efetobore Sodje (Bury) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:01 Foul by Efetobore Sodje (Bury) on Chris Beardsley (Stevenage). Free kick taken left-footed by Joel Byrom (Stevenage) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 84:27 Shot by Scott Laird (Stevenage) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Cameron Belford (Bury).
  • 83:43 Ryan Lowe (Bury) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Day (Stevenage) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 83:00 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 82:30 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Joel Byrom (Stevenage) to far post, clearance by Tom Lees (Bury).
  • 81:42 Foul by Joe Skarz (Bury) on Chris Beardsley (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 80:54 Shot by Scott Laird (Stevenage) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.
  • 78:20 Substitution Bury substitution: Nicholas Ajose replaced by Lenell John-Lewis (tactical).
  • 77:47 Substitution Stevenage substitution: Ben May replaced by Chris Beardsley (injury).
  • 77:37 Shot by Craig Reid (Stevenage) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 77:22 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 77:14 Defending throw-in by Joe Skarz (Bury).
  • 75:23 Shot by Craig Reid (Stevenage) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
  • 74:19 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Steven Schumacher (Bury).
  • 73:48 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher (Bury) to centre, clearance by Ben May (Stevenage).
  • 73:37 Shot by Nicholas Ajose (Bury) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 72:48 Assist (pass) by Robert Sinclair (Stevenage) from right channel.
  • 72:48 GOAL - Ben MayStevenage 3 - 3 Bury Goal by Ben May (Stevenage) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).Stevenage 3-3 Bury.
  • 72:30 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Joel Byrom (Stevenage) to far post, clearance by Steven Schumacher (Bury).
  • 72:16 Shot by Michael Bostwick (Stevenage) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), blocked by Steven Schumacher (Bury).
  • 71:40 Ben May (Stevenage) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Belford (Bury) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 69:13 Assist (pass) by Kyle Bennett (Bury) from right channel.
  • 69:13 GOAL - Steven SchumacherStevenage 2 - 3 Bury Goal by Steven Schumacher (Bury) right-footed (top-left of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Stevenage 2-3 Bury.
  • 68:28 Attacking throw-in by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 65:34 Substitution Bury substitution: Mike Jones replaced by Andy Haworth (tactical).
  • 60:45 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Mike Jones (Bury).
  • 60:25 Defending throw-in by David Worrall (Bury).
  • 60:21 Defending throw-in by David Worrall (Bury).
  • 57:49 Foul by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) on Mike Jones (Bury). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Belford (Bury) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 57:04 Foul by Ben May (Stevenage) on Efetobore Sodje (Bury). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Belford (Bury) from own half, passed.
  • 55:19 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 54:04 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher (Bury) to near post, clearance by Michael Bostwick (Stevenage).
  • 53:36 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken by Peter Sweeney (Bury) to far post, clearance by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 52:24 Cross by Steven Schumacher (Bury), resulting in open play.
  • 52:24 Substitution Stevenage substitution: Byron Harrison replaced by Ben May (injury).
  • 52:07 Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage) on David Worrall (Bury).
  • 49:34 Shot by Craig Reid (Stevenage) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.
  • 48:46 Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bury) on Scott Laird (Stevenage). Free kick taken left-footed by Darius Charles (Stevenage) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 47:40 Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage) on Nicholas Ajose (Bury). Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Sweeney (Bury) from right channel, clearance by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 46:34 Defending throw-in by David Worrall (Bury).
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:49 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+4:00 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Joel Byrom (Stevenage) to far post, shot by Michael Bostwick (Stevenage) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 45:00+3:00 Foul by Peter Sweeney (Bury) on Craig Reid (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Bostwick (Stevenage) from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Peter Sweeney (Bury).
  • 45:00+1:49 Defending throw-in by Joe Skarz (Bury).
  • 45:00+1:05 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 45:00+0:45 Attacking throw-in by Efetobore Sodje (Bury).
  • 43:17 Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bury) on Scott Laird (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Day (Stevenage) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 42:26 Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Joel Byrom (Stevenage).
  • 42:10 Shot by Byron Harrison (Stevenage) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Cameron Belford (Bury).
  • 41:55 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 41:27 Attacking throw-in by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 40:38 Foul by Peter Sweeney (Bury) on Craig Reid (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 39:56 Defending throw-in by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 39:21 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 39:15 Defending throw-in by Efetobore Sodje (Bury).
  • 38:59 Defending throw-in by Efetobore Sodje (Bury).
  • 36:20 Attacking throw-in by Joe Skarz (Bury).
  • 30:41 Assist (cross) by Mike Jones (Bury) from right channel.
  • 30:41 GOAL - Nicholas AjoseStevenage 2 - 2 Bury Headed goal by Nicholas Ajose (Bury) (bottom-left of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).Stevenage 2-2 Bury.
  • 29:48 Foul by Michael Bostwick (Stevenage) on Peter Sweeney (Bury). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Sweeney (Bury) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 28:36 Attacking throw-in by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 25:20 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Joel Byrom (Stevenage) to near post, clearance by Steven Schumacher (Bury).
  • 25:07 Shot by Scott Laird (Stevenage) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Ryan Lowe (Bury).
  • 22:06 Defending throw-in by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 20:36 Foul by Efetobore Sodje (Bury) on Scott Laird (Stevenage). Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Reid (Stevenage) from right channel, blocked by Peter Sweeney (Bury).
  • 18:42 GOAL - Craig ReidStevenage 2 - 1 Bury Placed penalty taken right-footed by Craig Reid (Stevenage) (bottom-left of goal), scored.Stevenage 2-1 Bury.
  • 18:09 Booking Cameron Belford (Bury) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 17:56 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Byron Harrison by Cameron Belford.
  • 17:56 Foul by Cameron Belford (Bury) on Byron Harrison (Stevenage).
  • 17:03 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) to far post, save (caught) by Cameron Belford (Bury).
  • 15:25 Assist (pass) by Peter Sweeney (Bury) from left channel.
  • 15:25 GOAL - Steven SchumacherStevenage 1 - 1 Bury Goal by Steven Schumacher (Bury) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left channel (20 yards).Stevenage 1-1 Bury.
  • 13:46 Shot by Darius Charles (Stevenage) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed left.
  • 13:17 Attacking throw-in by Joe Skarz (Bury).
  • 11:14 Foul by Scott Laird (Stevenage) on Ryan Lowe (Bury). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Belford (Bury) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 7:36 Assist (cross) by Craig Reid (Stevenage) from right channel.
  • 7:36 GOAL - Scott LairdStevenage 1 - 0 Bury Goal by Scott Laird (Stevenage) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left channel (12 yards).Stevenage 1-0 Bury.
  • 6:42 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 5:33 Shot by Ryan Lowe (Bury) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 4:58 Foul by Byron Harrison (Stevenage) on Tom Lees (Bury). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Belford (Bury) from centre of penalty area, resulting in open play.
  • 4:41 Attacking throw-in by Robert Sinclair (Stevenage).
  • 3:15 Shot by Byron Harrison (Stevenage) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.
  • 2:39 Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bury) on Darius Charles (Stevenage). Free kick taken left-footed by Joel Byrom (Stevenage) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 1:23 Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Peter Sweeney (Bury). Shot by Kyle Bennett (Bury) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 1:11 Shot by Ryan Lowe (Bury) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 0:44 Defending throw-in by Darius Charles (Stevenage).
  • 0:26 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Kyle Bennett (Bury).
  • 0:01 Defending throw-in by Joe Skarz (Bury).
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Npower League Two table snapshot

As it stood on 7 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chesterfield 46 34 86
2 Bury 46 32 81
3 Wycombe 46 19 80
4 Shrewsbury 46 23 79
5 Accrington 46 18 73
6 Stevenage 46 17 69
7 Torquay 46 21 68
8 Gillingham 46 10 68
9 Rotherham 46 15 66
10 Crewe 46 22 65
11 Port Vale 46 5 65
12 Oxford Utd 46 -2 63
13 Southend 46 6 61
14 Aldershot 46 0 61
15 Macclesfield 46 -14 55
16 Northampton 46 -8 52
17 Cheltenham 46 -21 52
18 Bradford 46 -25 52
19 Burton Albion 46 -14 51
20 Morecambe 46 -19 51
21 Hereford 46 -16 50
22 Barnet 46 -19 48
23 Lincoln City 46 -36 47
24 Stockport 46 -48 41

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