Bury FC ran out 3-1 winners over local rivals Radcliffe FC on a rainy evening at the Neuven Stadium.
Danny Mottley-Henry (2) and Jamil Roberts bagged the goals for the Shakers with Ben Wharton grabbing Boro’s goal on the night.
The win brought Bury’s pre-season to an end whereas Jon Macken’s men have three more games left to play.
Bury looked very comfortable in possession in the early stages of the game. Their early dominance resulted in the first goal of the game on eight minutes. Dylan Mottley-Henry managed to get onto the end of a very dangerous cross.
Just five minutes later the Shakers should have had a second. The ball cannoned off the bar after a block before Nathan then hit the bar again from close range on the follow up.
Bury’s dominance continued as on 21 minutes Nathan looked to be in on goal but he squandered a golden opportunity. Calls of penalty from the crowd but the referee waved away the claims on the pitch.
Boro’s latest summer signing Harry Winter had the best chance to get Jon Macken’s side back into the game but his venomous stike was well watched by Ben Garett in between the sticks.
Mottley-Henry caused the Boro plenty of problems during the first period. He dragged a shot narrowly wide after some good work from Nathan on the opposite wing.
Another of Radcliffe’s new signings, Matthew Wolfenden had a great opportunity to bring the Boro level. His strike was also easily collected by Garrett in the Shakers goal.
Just five minutes after the restart Dan Rooney looked to be in for the away side but his effort was sliced miles over Ollie Martins goal.
Ben Wharton had another chance to get the Neuven outfit back into the game. Scott Metcalfe played a pinpoint cross field ball to Wharton but he was always stretching and his shot was tamely stroke.
Just two minutes later the Boro were back in the game. A clever flick from Danny Mitchley played in Wharton who powered home from close range.
MItchley had a chance of his own. He swivelled on the spot but his shot was collected by Garrett once again.
Garrett was called into action once again as a deep corner found the head of Rick Smith. He headed back across goal to Lewis Lacy, he forced a low save from the man between the sticks.
Defence was quickly turned into attack on the counter. Jamil Roberts found himself clear and he calmly chipped over Martin in the Boro goal.
Two minutes later Bury had their third. Mottley-Henry slid in to claim his second goal of the game after a dangerous cross.
Substitute Rilely-Cole O’Sullivan fired a a dangerous ball across the box which found MItchley but he blazed over the bar.
Another Boro substitute Jordan Burton beat his man to put a ball into a trialist but his effort was dragged wide.
The away side ran out winners on a rainy evening at the Neuven.