Match ends, Bury 2, Colchester United 0.
Dom Telford scored twice as Bury put their off-the-field problems behind them to boost their automatic promotion hopes with victory over Colchester United.
Shakers defender Will Aimson cleared off the line inside the opening minute at Gigg Lane and goalkeeper Joe Murphy brilliantly tipped over a long-range effort from Colchester's Tom Lapslie.
But Bury warmed to the task, and U's right-back Ryan Jackson almost turned Nicky Adams' cross into his own net and Frankie Kent headed away from under his own bar as the hosts finished the first half well.
Colchester goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin denied Telford just after the break before Bury went ahead five minutes after half-time when Telford nodded in from close range after Nicky Maynard had headed Adams' corner into his path.
Murphy denied Jackson and Sam Saunders clattered the crossbar with a long-range effort as Colchester chased an equaliser.
But soon after Gilmartin had denied Maynard, Bury wrapped up their victory in the 66th minute when Telford stooped to head home his second goal of the game from Maynard's accurate cross.
Bury move up to second in the League Two table, and are two points ahead of fourth-placed MK Dons.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 31DannsBooked at 68mins
- 11RossiterBooked at 87mins
- 21McFadzeanSubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes
- 18TelfordSubstituted forOmotayoat 89'minutes
- 36MaynardSubstituted forLaveryat 80'minutes
- 5ProsserSubstituted forEastmanat 65'minutes
- 4LapslieSubstituted forNorrisat 77'minutes
- 19MandronSubstituted forDickensonat 75'minutes
- Andy Haines
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bury 2, Colchester United 0.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nicky Adams.
Gold Omotayo (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).
Attempt missed. Courtney Senior (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Frankie Kent (Colchester United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Stokes.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Murphy.
Substitution, Bury. Gold Omotayo replaces Dominic Telford.
Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.
Jordan Rossiter (Bury) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jordan Rossiter (Bury).
Substitution, Bury. Caolan Lavery replaces Nicky Maynard.
Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).
Will Aimson (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Jordan Rossiter (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Saunders (Colchester United).
Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Norris replaces Tom Lapslie.