>Nine man Shakers down Cobblers rivals

>Bury 1-0 Burton Albion

So all those games in hand are now down to just one for a Burton Albion side that came away from Gigg Lane with nothing but an extra suspension and increasing worries of relegation. As we head into the weekend, even Stockport County will be looking at it and thinking that they might yet escape after the promising position the Brewers let slide.

It was always going to be tough against a Bury side hoping for the win that would put them into second place and just seven points off Chesterfield but there were plenty of twists and turns on another nervy night even for the teams and fans not involved.

The fun and games started just before half time with the dismissal of Bury’s Damien Mozika for a poor challenge on Tony James and you thought the balance might shift to the visitors. But Albion were also reduced to ten in the second half when Sam Winnall took down Steven Schumacher and was given his marching orders. Tom Lees headed the home side in front as the team numbers were levelled abut the drama wasn’t over yet. Efe Sodje became the third player to see red, the second for Bury, and there was an anxious wait for the final whistle. But it did eventually come and Albion weren’t able to fight back against the nine men.

That means that Burton are separated from Barnet by a single goal going into this weekend but Bury have a real platform now to go on and reach League One. The Shakers play Barnet on Saturday so can really help us out again before taking on Lincoln, the side one place above us, in their next fixture. Burton are at home to Cheltenham next and will be praying that their form returns in a game where they will be targeting as one that they can get a result from.

As last night proved, one game can capture the attention of three or four sets of players, supporters and staff and that’s what this stage of the season is all about. Not sure if my nerves can take much more!

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