WHILE the Football Association are investigating the alleged high number of bets placed on a Bury win, the result would not have been a surprise to many Reds’ fans.
To say Stanley’s home form has been poor this season is an understatement with manager John Coleman himself calling it ‘shocking’ with 15 defeats in their 23 home league games.
Added to this the fact the Reds have only scored at the FES in three of their last ten games, it is hardly a record to get the punters to favour a home win.
And one-time Stanley targets do seem to have a habit of coming back to haunt the Reds.
Andy Bishop was much-admired when he was at York City by the Stanley management but he made the move to Bury and is now attracting the attention of Championship sides.
So, of course, he had to come up with the goods to see off the Reds and show them what they are missing.
But while a Bury win was always going to be favourite - they too are one of the in-form sides of the division under the recent stewardship of Alan Knill - home fans would have hoped Accrington could sneak a final day of the season three points.
And, if their shooting had have been better and Shakers keeper Jim Provett hadn’t had seemingly elongated arms, then all the people who backed a Bury win would have had empty pockets come 4.45pm.
Paul Mullin was desperate to increase his 13 goal tally this season but Provett’s goal led a charmed life as his hand seemed to get to everything.
And when the Shakers keeper wasn’t there to deny Stanley, the Reds were masters of their own downfall - sub Leighton McGivern scuffing two superb chances leading to Coleman kicking a drinks bottle in fury at his side’s sheer wastefulness.
If Stanley could have got one there might have been a different story although Bury boss Knill, who has steered his side from a relegation battle to mid-table security, said he was never worried on the sidelines.
"They were never going to score three goals," said Knill. "I always thought we were comfortable at 2-0 and it was game over.
"Jim has made some good saves but that is what he is there for. You have to be mentally tough to come here and I thought we were. It was good to finish with a win and we deserved it."
Coleman disagreed: "We didn’t get the result but it was a good performance to end with.
"Anyone who thought we weren’t the better side either doesn’t know anything about football or needs their eyes checking.
"I couldn’t have asked for any more from the players, they gave 100 per cent on a difficult pitch and we got ourselves in a number of times but we could not finish.
"It is the same old story and I feel like crying as how Bury have kept a clean sheet I do not know.
"I can’t believe we haven’t scored at home again. What we have to do is hope this season is just a blip at home and we can turn it back into a fortress next season."
Coleman didn’t make sweeping changes despite his side securing their league status two weeks ago although he gave youngsters Jay Bell and Peter Murphy their second full chance at league football - and their FES debuts.
But the game had a real end of season feel about it in the opening 10 minutes as little happened with only Kenny Arthur in real action early on when he had to use fancy footwork as Glynn Hurst charged in on him.
Then the game erupted on 21 minutes when highly-rated winger Nicky Adams was chopped down by Phil Edwards as he looked to make a cross.
Referee Darren Deadman - a late replacement following the news of the number of high bets on the game with the officials changed not because they were under suspicion but to ‘protect the integrity of the fixture’ - pointed to the penalty spot.
Bishop has been deadly this season and, although Arthur guessed correctly to his left, he couldn’t get his finger-tips to the ball and the 26-year-old celebrated his 70th goal in three seasons.
Stanley did then liven up with Grant trying a clever chip which was over Provett - but also over the bar.
And Mullin’s volley forced a good two-handed save from the Shakers’ shot-stopper.
Then Bury’s Glynn Hurst tried to catch Arthur off his line but failed to find the target while, at the other end, Grant had a low shot pushed out by Provett and Edwards had a close range effort cleared off the line.
But then it was effectively game over when a Stanley attack broke down as the injury time board was held up.
Adams played a great through ball with teenager Jay Bell waiting for the off-side flag.
It never went up and the bustling Bishop raced forward and finished well beyond Arthur with the last kick of the half.
"That killed us," said Coleman. "A young kid was caught out waiting for off-side but he will learn."
Goal hero Bishop was subbed soon after the re-start due to a back problem and Stanley then took charge as they reshuffled their pack.
Andy Todd moved from left back to right wing and the Rotherham loan man looked more dangerous.
Striker Leighton McGivern - whose name was chanted by a frustrated crowd as he sat on the bench - also came on as they looked to make a difference.
But then it was a story of wasted opportunities.
Todd blasted over on 70 minutes after doing all the hard work to get into a good position while the wideman then played a great ball in to the box but McGivern scuffed the effort from six yards out with the goal gaping.
McGivern had another clear cut effort but could not get any power on the ball and striker Paul Mullin tried to follow in from four yards out but, with Provett replaced by debutant keeper Cameron Belford, the Bury stopper made sure he maintained a clean sheet for his side.
It was a lively finish but Stanley’s disappointing scoring record continued as they could not find a way through and ended up with just nine points out of a possible 33 in their last 11 games.
"We haven’t scored enough goals this season and we have conceded too many - that is the top and bottom of it," said Coleman.