Bury won the 'match of the day' in League Two comprehensively with Ryan Lowe again the Shakers hero.

Ahead of the game, Bury were in fifth place with Stanley just behind them in sixth but it was Alan Knill's side who boosted their play-off charge and extended their unbeaten run to six games with Stanley down to nine men by the end.

A defensive mistake almost gifted Accrington the lead on four minutes when the ball came to Sean McConville on the edge of the area unmarked but keeper Cameron Belford came out to block his effort.

But after that it was all Bury who dominated the first half and didn't give Accrington another chance.

And it was a error which gifted Knill's side the opener when, on 13 minutes, Stanley defender Phil Edwards' backpass fell short and Lowe nipped in and rifled the ball into the roof of the net for his 100th league goal.
The Shakers continued to boss the game with Manchester United loan man Nicky Ajose, a huge threat with his pace, forcing keeper Ian Dunbavin into a good low save.
Lowe, who has just signed a new contract at Gigg Lane, got the second goal his side deserved on the stroke of half-time when Phil Picken picked out the unmarked hitman 15 yards out and he rifled the ball past Dunbavin.
Bury were three up when a long clearance from goalkeeper Belford on 57 minutes was allowed to bounce by the Stanley defence and Ajose pounced, took the ball into the area and blasted it home.

The day went from bad to worse for Accrington when captain Andy Procter was shown a straight red for a challenge of Daniel Mozika on 75 minutes - which just seemed a collision of the two players.

And the Reds were down to nine men when defender Johnny Bateson was also sent for an early bath by referee Eddie Ilderton on 82minutes after a tackle on sub Kyle Bennett in the centre circle.
Lowe could have had a hat-trick but Dunbavin just got there first with Ajose next firing just wide looking for a fourth while Dunbavin pulled off a wonder one-handed save from Andy Howarth at the death.

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