Match report: Bury 2 Stevenage 1

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson - Credit: Archant

Boro throw away the lead while substitute Ryan Johnson is sent off for two bookable offences

Bury came from behind to sink Stevenage at Gigg Lane on Tuesday evening.

It is the third time this season that Boro have dropped points from a winning position following their home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers and their 1-1 draw at Plymouth.

It is also a result that extends Boro’s run of having not won two leagues games in succession since the victories over Crewe Alexandra and Bradford City and the end of February/beginning of March.

Boro went into the game with Simon Walton [injured], Cameron Lancaster and Tom Pett making way for Michael Richens, in his first start for the club, Chris Beardsley and Adam Marriott.

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It was Beardsley and Marriott who combined for the opening goal when the former, making his first start since returning to the club in the summer, controlled the ball and played it through for Marriott to nip in and power the ball past the home keeper.

Yet just three minutes later Bury were level, Ryan Lowe, back at the club this season following a spell at Tranmere Rovers, curling in a fine free-kick from 25 yards.

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Richens did not last long – the full-back was replaced by Jon Ashton in a tactical change on 28 minutes – but the game remained at 1-1 going into the break.

Just two minutes after the interval the hosts scored again in what was the final goal of the match.

Danny Rose was the provider for Craig Jones to finish off from close range.

Boro brought on Tom Pett for Beardsley, and with nine minutes to go Marriott was replaced by Ryan Johnson. The substitute was booked twice in the space of a few minutes and was sent off, thus ending any hopes Stevenage had of getting something from the match.

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