Hartlepool United bounced back from Saturday’s drubbing to record a great away win at Bury
With both Luke James and Gary Liddle missing, Neale Cooper shuffled his pack for the trip to Gigg Lane with Jack Baldwin and Ritchie Humphreys returning to first team action.
It was an even start to the game with Pools’ Antony Sweeney, playing in a more forward role, going close to breaking the deadlock when he headed just past the post.
Pools had a penalty shout turned down after an apparent handball in the box while a cross from Paul Murray needed to be tipped over the bar by Bury keeper Trevor Carson.
Then, with half time moments away, Pools grabbed a goal. A great ball from Neil Austin was met by Ritchie Humphreys who nodded the ball home to score his 36th goal for the club.
Into the second half, Sweeney planted another header wide of the post while at the other end Steven Schumacher’s free-kick gave Pools some worries before David Worrall’s strike needed to be saved by Scott Flinders.
With Bury beginning to take control of the game, Pools hit back at the perfect time and doubled their lead through Adam Boyd when the striker picked the ball up in a goalmouth scramble and slotted home.
A great chip by Worral soon pulled a goal back for the home side but they were unable to find another goal, giving Pools their first away win under Neale Cooper.
FT: Bury 1 Hartlepool 2
Hartlepool: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Murray, Humphreys, Baldwin, Sweeney, Monkhouse, Brown (Boyd 58)
Subs Not Used: Rafferty, Haslam, Johnson, Nish.
Bury: Carson, Picken, Skarz, Worrall, Schumacher, Bishop (Grella 71), Carrington (John-Lewis 89), Coke (Amoo 60), Hughes, Eastham, Elford-Alliyu
Subs Not Used: Sweeney, Branagan