We left last week’s round up after the win against Carlisle in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on penalties. The draw for the second round took place on the day of the away game against Bury on Saturday.
As fate would have it, the tie was exactly the same as the game for the second round this time last year with North End facing Morecambe away at the Globe Arena. The tie last season ended in a 2-2 stalemate with North End going through to the next round on penalties so this time, the Shrimps will be looking for revenge.
Later on the Saturday North End faced a Bury side who haven’t had the best of starts to the campaign and that didn’t get any better yesterday against the Lilywhites.
The game didn’t start overly well for either side but Bury were the team who probably deserved to go in at half time with a lead, but as luck would have it, that side was North End. Akpo Sodje gave the Lilywhites a 1-0 lead at half time heading a goal from a Scott Laird corner.
The sides came out in the second half and North End looked much the better team and started much more brightly than in the first half. In the 66th minute, North End took a two goal lead through Aussie defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.
Again from a Scott Laird corner, Cansdell-Sherriff rose the highest in the box to nod the ball into the back of the net to double North End’s lead.
Transfer deadline day signing Stuart Beavon almost had a chance to put the Lilywhite’s 3-0 up in the closing stages of the game when he chased down the Bury goalkeeper, Trevor Carson but he couldn’t convert.
After the 5 minutes added time had been announced it was Bury who managed to get one back but with little fight left in the Shakers they couldn’t pull off the come back and the game finished 2-1 to PNE.
North End head back to Deepdale this week for a home game on Saturday against Crawley town which will see ex-PNE player Claude Davis come back to Deepdale. The Lilywhites are then at home again on the following Tuesday night when they face Hartlepool United.
The Tuesday night visit of Hartlepool will see a repeat of last season’s game where Graham Westley got his first win under the Deepdale floodlights thanks to a great strike from Danny Mayor who left the club in the summer to join Sheffield Wednesday.
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