Matt Smith's late goal condemned Bury to relegation from League One and earned Oldham Athletic a vital three points in their own survival battle.

Kevin Blackwell's Shakers are down after two seasons in the third tier.

Aware that defeat would confirm their demotion to League Two, Bury controlled a dour first half, Andy Bishop heading their best chance wide.

Zac Thompson also came close, while Oldham rarely threatened until Smith nodded in Kirk Millar's cross.

Oldham winger Cristian Montano saw an early shot saved by Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford, while Lee Croft tamely shot wide and Robbie Simpson headed over.

After the break Thompson shot straight at Dean Bouzanis and later fired wide, while Bury's on-loan striker Jonson Clarke-Harris nodded just wide of a post.

And the Shakers were made to pay as giant striker Smith netted his ninth goal of the campaign to put Blackwell's side out of their misery.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Bury

  • 30 Belford
  • 06 Eastham Booked
  • 17 Hughes
  • 34 Ebanks-Landell (Mezague - 46' )
  • 07 Worrall
  • 13 Carrington
  • 32 Thompson
  • 35 Soares
  • 10 Bishop (Pratt - 88' )
  • 15 Ajose
  • 26 Clarke-Harris (Healy - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Regan
  • 36 Mezague
  • 25 Healy
  • 29 Pratt

Oldham Athletic

  • 13 Bouzanis
  • 02 Brown Booked
  • 03 Grounds
  • 05 Mvoto Booked
  • 06 Tarkowski
  • 07 Croft
  • 23 K Smith
  • 29 Mellor
  • 10 Simpson (Millar - 63' )
  • 11 Montano (Reid - 90' )
  • 18 Barnard (M Smith - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Jacob
  • 26 Winchester
  • 27 Belezika
  • 22 Reid
  • 09 Iwelumo
  • 14 M Smith
  • 21 Millar
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 4,558

Match Stats

Shots

7 8

On target

4 3

Corners

9 3

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:20 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +6:37

Corner from right by-line taken by Lee Croft.

90:00 +4:21

Nick Ajose is adjudged to have handled the ball. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:26

Tom Soares concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Grounds. Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:58

Free kick crossed by David Mellor, clearance by Cameron Belford.

90:00 +0:58 Substitution

Substitution Cristian Montano leaves the field to be replaced by Bobby Reid.

90:00 +0:58

Mark Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Croft.

90:00

Unfair challenge on Connor Brown by David Worrall results in a free kick. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.

89:10

Matt Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Valery Mezague. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

88:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Healy on James Tarkowski. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.

87:27 Substitution

Substitution Tom Pratt on for Andy Bishop.

85:15

Foul by Kirk Millar on Mark Carrington, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

84:25

Valery Mezague takes a inswinging corner to the near post, James Tarkowski manages to make a clearance.

84:06

Shot by Tom Soares from 18 yards. Blocked by Jonathan Grounds.

81:23

Tom Soares concedes a free kick for a foul on Korey Smith. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.

80:02

The offside flag is raised against Kirk Millar. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

78:04

Assist on the goal came from Kirk Millar.

78:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Smith - Bury 0 - 1 Oldham Matt Smith finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Bury 0-1 Oldham.

77:23

Cristian Montano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Valery Mezague. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

74:49

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Croft, clearance made by Cameron Belford.

74:22

Shot from outside the box by Korey Smith goes wide right of the target.

72:24

Foul by Ashley Eastham on Matt Smith, free kick awarded. Lee Croft takes the free kick.

71:46

Long range effort by Zac Thompson goes wide right of the net.

70:31

Foul by Ashley Eastham on Matt Smith, free kick awarded. Jean Yves Mvoto restarts play with the free kick.

68:37 Substitution

Substitution David Healy on for Jonson Clarke-Harris.

65:55

David Mellor challenges Jonson Clarke-Harris unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Worrall takes the direct free kick.

64:31

Korey Smith fouled by David Worrall, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from David Mellor from the free kick, blocked by Andy Bishop.

63:00 Substitution

Substitution Lee Barnard goes off and Matt Smith comes on.

63:00 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Simpson goes off and Kirk Millar comes on.

60:11

Zac Thompson takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis.

59:45

Lee Croft concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonson Clarke-Harris. David Worrall takes the direct free kick.

58:44

Mark Carrington fouled by David Mellor, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Hughes takes the direct free kick.

57:33

Unfair challenge on Jonson Clarke-Harris by Connor Brown results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Zac Thompson.

55:57

Robbie Simpson produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

54:55

David Mellor takes the free kick.

54:55 Booking

Booking Ashley Eastham goes into the book.

54:50

Lee Barnard fouled by Ashley Eastham, the ref awards a free kick.

53:32

David Worrall challenges Lee Croft unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.

52:13

Foul by Robbie Simpson on David Worrall, free kick awarded. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

51:33

The official flags Jonson Clarke-Harris offside. James Tarkowski restarts play with the free kick.

50:35

Andy Bishop is caught offside. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.

48:33

Lee Croft fouled by David Worrall, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by David Mellor, Header from close range by James Tarkowski misses to the right of the goal.

47:07

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Mellor.

45:54

The referee blows for offside against Lee Barnard. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

45:41

Jonson Clarke-Harris takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Valery Mezague comes on in place of Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

45:00 +3:11 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Korey Smith by Zac Thompson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee Croft,

45:00 +0:07

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Barnard. Cameron Belford takes the indirect free kick.

43:41

Robbie Simpson has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

41:58

Cristian Montano is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

40:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell on David Mellor. Dean Bouzanis takes the direct free kick.

39:20

Lee Croft has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

31:56

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Soares, Headed effort from close range by Andy Bishop goes wide left of the goal.

31:16

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Soares, Dean Bouzanis makes a clearance.

30:59

Outswinging corner taken by Zac Thompson.

30:27 Booking

Booking Caution for Jean Yves Mvoto.

28:43

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Soares from the right by-line to the near post, Andy Bishop produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

28:16

Foul by Jean Yves Mvoto on Jonson Clarke-Harris, free kick awarded. Mark Hughes restarts play with the free kick.

26:19

The offside flag is raised against Andy Bishop. Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.

22:30

Unfair challenge on Cristian Montano by Ethan Ebanks-Landell results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Lee Croft, Cameron Belford makes a clearance.

19:53

Corner taken by Zac Thompson, clearance made by Korey Smith.

18:43

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Soares, Dean Bouzanis makes a save.

18:00

James Tarkowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Bishop. Free kick taken by Nick Ajose.

17:37

Lee Croft challenges David Worrall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

17:04

Jonson Clarke-Harris is adjudged to have handled the ball. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.

15:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Yves Mvoto on Andy Bishop. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

10:51

Zac Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Croft. Free kick crossed by Connor Brown, Cameron Belford makes a clearance.

10:26

Tom Soares takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

10:10

Nick Ajose takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis.

9:44

Cameron Belford takes the direct free kick.

9:44 Booking

Booking Connor Brown goes into the referee's book.

9:38

Unfair challenge on Nick Ajose by Connor Brown results in a free kick.

8:50

Cristian Montano takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Belford.

7:07

Zac Thompson takes a outswinging corner.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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