League One
Bury1Walsall0

Bury 1-0 Walsall

Bury missed two penalties but still opened their League One campaign with a 1-0 victory over Walsall.

Despite finishing 19th last term, the Shakers are targeting promotion from the third tier after making 18 summer signings.

Two of them missed from the spot - Jermaine Beckford on three minutes and Chris Maguire with 10 minutes left - but the former made amends by heading home the game's only goal in first-half stoppage time.

Bury had an opportunity to take an early lead after Stephen Dawson was tripped by Florent Cuvelier, but Beckford's side-footed effort was turned wide by new Walsall goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.

Moments later Beckford scuffed a close-range effort and Walsall replied with Simeon Jackson's deflected strike clipping the far post.

But ex-Leeds and Preston forward Beckford broke the deadlock just before half-time, heading home from Maguire's deflected free-kick.

Maguire and Beckford then tested Gillespie before he tipped Maguire's penalty onto the post after Jon Guthrie tripped Bury substitute Zeli Ismail.

The ex-Oxford winger was therefore relieved to see Walsall substitute Maz Kouhyar fire straight at Joe Murphy late on as the hosts held on to secure victory.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bury

  • 1Murphy
  • 2Jones
  • 5Thompson
  • 15Aldred
  • 3Leigh
  • 11AjoseSubstituted forDaiat 60'minutes
  • 8Dawson
  • 13Reilly
  • 26O'SheaSubstituted forIsmailat 54'minutes
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forLoweat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9BeckfordBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Tutte
  • 16Ismail
  • 17Humphrey
  • 20Whitmore
  • 25Dai
  • 39Lowe
  • 41Edwards-Williams

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 15Kinsella
  • 14Wilson
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forCandlinat 85'minutes
  • 8CuvelierSubstituted forKouhyarat 73'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 2Edwards
  • 10Oztumer
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forBakayokoat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Roberts
  • 17Flanagan
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 24Roberts
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 28Cockerill-Mollett
  • 36Candlin
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
4,240

Match Stats

Home TeamBuryAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bury 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bury 1, Walsall 0.

Booking

Jermaine Beckford (Bury) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Bury).

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Ryan Lowe (Bury) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Lowe (Bury).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Ryan Lowe (Bury).

Ryan Lowe (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Zeli Ismail (Bury) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Ryan Lowe replaces Chris Maguire.

Foul by Callum Reilly (Bury).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Aldred (Bury).

Mitchell Candlin (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stephen Dawson (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mitchell Candlin (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mitchell Candlin replaces Kieron Morris.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Murphy.

Attempt saved. Maz Kouhyar (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty missed! Still Bury 1, Walsall 0. Chris Maguire (Bury) hits the left post with a right footed shot.

Penalty Bury. Zeli Ismail draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jon Guthrie (Walsall) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Liam Kinsella.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Chris Maguire (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Simeon Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Maz Kouhyar replaces Florent Cuvelier.

Attempt saved. Jermaine Beckford (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Craig Jones.

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Chris Maguire (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Bury).

James Wilson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Greg Leigh (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fleetwood11002023
2Oxford Utd11002023
3Portsmouth11002023
4Bradford11002113
5Peterborough11002113
6Southend11002113
7Bury11001013
8Charlton11001013
9Shrewsbury11001013
10Wigan11001013
11Wimbledon10101101
12Scunthorpe10101101
13Doncaster10100001
14Gillingham10100001
15Blackburn100112-10
16Blackpool100112-10
17Plymouth100112-10
18Bristol Rovers100101-10
19MK Dons100101-10
20Northampton100101-10
21Walsall100101-10
22Oldham100102-20
23Rochdale100102-20
24Rotherham100102-20
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