Match ends, Bury 4, Stevenage 0.
Bury's impressive recent home form continued with a well-deserved victory over 10-man Stevenage.
The hosts' dominance finally paid off in the second period at Gigg Lane, with Jay O'Shea scoring twice as Kurtis Guthrie's dismissal proved costly.
Bury went close early on when Byron Moore was denied by a smart save from Seny Dieng, while Stevenage replied with James Ball lashing an effort straight at Joe Murphy.
Callum Styles poked an effort just past the post for Bury and the visitors were reduced to 10 shortly before the break when Guthrie saw red following an ugly challenge on Bury defender Adam Thompson.
The hosts made a quick start to the second period, with Danny Mayor and Nicky Adams both testing Dieng in the early stages.
Finally Stevenage's resistance was broken in the 63rd minute as Mayor touched the ball to O'Shea and he fired clinically past Dieng from 20 yards.
It was 2-0 soon after when Mayor fired in a rebound from 15 yards and O'Shea made it three in the 78th minute, curling home a perfectly-executed free-kick from just outside the box.
Substitute Eoghan O'Connell crashed home a fourth from 25 yards as Bury were rampant late on.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 7AdamsSubstituted forCooneyat 85'minutes
- 12StylesBooked at 16minsSubstituted forO'Connellat 75'minutes
- 15MooreSubstituted forTelfordat 66'minutes
- 25HenryBooked at 38minsSubstituted forReidat 79'minutes
- 30WilkinsonBooked at 77mins
- 7BallSubstituted forFerryat 61'minutes
- 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forSeddonat 50'minutes
- 28GuthrieBooked at 41mins
- Tom Nield
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bury 4, Stevenage 0.
Attempt saved. Jay O'Shea (Bury) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Bury) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is high and wide to the right.
Attempt saved. Dominic Telford (Bury) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Dominic Telford (Bury) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Bury. Ryan Cooney replaces Nicky Adams.
Attempt missed. Chris Stokes (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Goal! Bury 4, Stevenage 0. Eoghan O'Connell (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Callum McFadzean.
Danny Mayor (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alex Reid (Stevenage).
Attempt blocked. Jay O'Shea (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Bury. Conceded by Johnny Hunt.
Nicky Adams (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steve Seddon (Stevenage).
Substitution, Stevenage. Alex Reid replaces Ronnie Henry.
Goal! Bury 3, Stevenage 0. Jay O'Shea (Bury) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Nicky Maynard (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).