In a match with much at stake for both sides, it was predictably a close affair played out in front of a bumper crowd of 605. Clear-cut chances were few and far between, and Bury snatched the all-important goal which ultimately kept them top of the table as Sam Reed forced the ball into the goal after Slough failed to clear a corner. Appeals by the Slough defence for handball fell on deaf ears.
The opening exchanges of the game were lively, and Slough looked more than a match for their title-chasing opponents. Ricky Perks was called into action twice, saving well from Sam Nunn’s header and later from Chris Henderson, with the keeper having to reach well to deal with a heavy deflection.
At the other end, Sean Sonner shot over after finding a bit of space in the box; and Slough were looking the more likely to score with Steve Sinclair seeing a lot of the ball, but unable to provide the ammunition for Sonner and Buchanan to feed on.
Later in the half, Mo Sharif almost created a goal out of nothing after Bury keeper Marcus Garnham had rushed out of his goal to clear away Paul Edgeworth’s attempted through pass. Sharif picked the ball up, and from 40 yards out, looped a shot just over the bar with Garnham scrambling to get back.
Kieran Leabon volleyed over from just inside the box just before half time, but Slough went into the dressing room more than deserving of being on level terms.
Bury came out of the traps quickly in the second half, and Perks had to be at his best to deny Callum Kearns from distance.
The hosts then took the lead eleven minutes into the half and went on to edge possession – but Slough always carried a threat on the break through the pace of Buchanan and Sharif, and Garnham was finally tested as he turned a diving header from Sharif around the post.
Slough had good spells of possession and worked hard to force an opening, but found Bury impossible to break down as the Suffolk side were content to absorb pressure and deservedly grind out another three points.
Bury Town Line up
Garnham, Short, Coker, Nurse, Nunn, Bullard, Kearns, S Reed (Underwood), Leabon, L Reed (Steward), Henderson. Subs not used: Pope, Ingram, Hardwick.