Bury closed to within four points of the League One play-off places with victory over struggling Walsall.

The hosts opened the scoring through Mat Sadler's own goal, after he deflected in David Amoo's cross.

Adam Chambers should have put Walsall ahead with a header after his first effort was saved but Jamie Paterson soon levelled with a 25-yard free-kick.

Peter Sweeney secured Bury's winner before half-time with a sublime curling free-kick a minute later.

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Bury manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It certainly wasn't one of our best performances but if you look at the bigger picture, six points out of nine over Christmas, we'd have taken that.

"As much as it wasn't a vintage performance, within 24 hours we'll have forgotten about it and enjoy looking at the league table.

"It's more important bearing in mind we're not playing for two weeks as it would have been a long two weeks had we been looking at 16th or 17th."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Bury

  • 01 Belford
  • 02 Picken
  • 03 Skarz
  • 17 Hughes
  • 18 Eastham
  • 06 Sweeney
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 13 Carrington
  • 14 Jones (Worrall - 82' )
  • 10 Bishop (J-Lewis - 75' )
  • 19 Amoo (Harrad - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Branagan
  • 16 Sodje
  • 07 Worrall
  • 12 J-Lewis
  • 25 Harrad

Walsall

  • 01 Walker
  • 02 Westlake
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Beevers
  • 07 Chambers
  • 19 Peterlin (Taundry - 61' )
  • 25 Halliday (Hurst - 77' )
  • 08 Jarvis (Gnakpa - 61' )
  • 15 Paterson
  • 16 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 21 Grof
  • 14 Taundry
  • 18 Gnakpa
  • 11 Hurst
  • 10 Macken
Ref: Rushton
Att: 3,095

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

6 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

14 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:56 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:12

Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Paterson, David Worrall manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Beevers by Shaun Harrad. Jimmy Walker takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:42

Headed effort from inside the area by Claude Gnakpa misses to the right of the target.

88:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Chambers on David Worrall. Free kick taken by Peter Sweeney.

86:53

Jimmy Walker takes the direct free kick.

86:53 Substitution

Substitution (Bury) makes a substitution, with Shaun Harrad coming on for David Amoo.

86:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers by Lenell John-Lewis.

84:57

David Amoo is caught offside. Jimmy Walker takes the free kick.

81:25 Substitution

Substitution David Worrall replaces Mike Jones.

81:03

Effort from outside the penalty box by Steven Schumacher goes wide left of the target.

79:51

Kevan Hurst produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

76:06 Substitution

Substitution Kevan Hurst on for Andrew Halliday.

74:32 Substitution

Substitution Lenell John-Lewis comes on in place of Andy Bishop.

72:57

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Sweeney from the right by-line to the near post, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

70:44

The official flags Andy Bishop offside. Jimmy Walker restarts play with the free kick.

64:18

Phil Picken concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Butler. Jimmy Walker restarts play with the free kick.

63:59

David Amoo takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Beevers.

63:18

Claude Gnakpa has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

61:54

Unfair challenge on Steven Schumacher by Mat Sadler results in a free kick. Mark Hughes restarts play with the free kick.

60:33 Substitution

Substitution Claude Gnakpa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Jarvis.

60:04 Substitution

Substitution Richard Taundry joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anton Peterlin.

57:28

The official flags Andy Bishop offside. Jimmy Walker takes the indirect free kick.

54:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Schumacher on Anton Peterlin. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jamie Paterson, save made by Cameron Belford.

53:10

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrew Halliday from the right by-line to the near post, Mark Carrington makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Andrew Halliday, Phil Picken manages to make a clearance.

52:34

Andy Bishop is caught offside. Lee Beevers takes the indirect free kick.

50:52

Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Mark Hughes gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Paterson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Phil Picken.

50:11

Andy Bishop is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:37

Andy Bishop is caught offside. Lee Beevers takes the indirect free kick.

45:00 +0:09

Andy Bishop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers. Free kick taken by Lee Beevers.

42:51

Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Save by Cameron Belford. Short corner taken by Andrew Halliday.

41:22

Foul by Andy Butler on David Amoo, free kick awarded. Steven Schumacher takes the free kick.

39:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Sweeney - Bury 2 - 1 Walsall Peter Sweeney grabs a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Bury 2-1 Walsall.

38:58

Foul by Andy Butler on Andy Bishop, free kick awarded.

38:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Paterson - Bury 1 - 1 Walsall Free kick scored by Jamie Paterson from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Bury 1-1 Walsall.

37:28

Foul by Mark Hughes on Alex Nicholls, free kick awarded.

34:28

Corner taken left-footed by Andrew Halliday from the right by-line, Cameron Belford makes a save. Effort on goal by Adam Chambers from 12 yards. Cameron Belford makes a save. Adam Chambers produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

29:47

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Sweeney from the right by-line, save by Jimmy Walker. Inswinging corner taken by Steven Schumacher from the left by-line played to the near post, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance. Peter Sweeney takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Andy Butler.

27:50

Unfair challenge on Andy Butler by Andy Bishop results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

26:34

Mark Hughes challenges Ryan Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mat Sadler takes the free kick.

24:17

Steven Schumacher takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Peterlin.

22:36

Foul by Andy Bishop on Adam Chambers, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

22:05

Andy Bishop takes a shot. Save made by Jimmy Walker.

19:56

Assist on the goal came from David Amoo.

19:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Mat Sadler - Bury 1 - 0 Walsall Mat Sadler puts the ball into his own goal from 12 yards. Bury 1-0 Walsall.

18:10

Phil Picken fouled by Ryan Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

17:32

Mike Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Chambers.

16:53

Unfair challenge on Steven Schumacher by Jamie Paterson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Hughes.

15:29

Peter Sweeney has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

14:08

Ashley Eastham concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Peterlin. Ryan Jarvis takes the free kick.

13:09

Mike Jones takes a shot. Fantastic save by Jimmy Walker.

12:40

Corner taken by Steven Schumacher played to the near post, clearance made by Adam Chambers.

11:50

Andy Bishop is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

11:00

David Amoo fouled by Andrew Halliday, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Sweeney.

10:22

Mark Carrington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers. Andy Butler restarts play with the free kick.

9:15

Andy Butler fouled by Andy Bishop, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

7:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Butler by Andy Bishop. Andy Butler restarts play with the free kick.

6:39

Jamie Paterson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

3:22

Peter Sweeney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls. Free kick taken by Lee Beevers.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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