Bradford defeat adds insult to Belford’s injury

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A challenge for the ball against Southend United shattered Bury keeper Cameron Belford's cheekbone to such an extent that the damaged bone had to be removed and a metal plate fitted into his face.

Cameron underwent surgery on Wednesday morning and although the length of his absence is not expected to be beyond eight weeks or so it poses a keeper problem for manager Alan Knill. 
Once he does return to full training, it is expected that Cameron will be wearing the ‘Zorro Mask’ for a few months. As if that isn't bad news enough!
Bury’s ascent towards the top of League Two came to a halt after they were beaten by Bradford City 1-0 at Gigg Lane. 
A first half penalty by Omar Daley saw Bradford bring an abrupt end to Bury’s four game winning streak. Torrential rain throughout the game spoiled playing conditions but Bury started the brighter. 
An attempted clearance from Bradford hit Mike Jones on his back and broke for loanee striker Nicky Ajose in the box but an excellent last-ditch tackle prevented a worthwhile opener.

Bradford should have taken the lead after 20 minutes with their first real forage into Bury territory. 

A pinpoint cross from Leon Osborne was headed straight at stand-in keeper Owain Fon Williams by Jason Price. The Bantams finally took the lead eight minutes later when a David Syers slide rule pass put Jason Price one on one with Fon Williams. The keeper was unlucky to make contact and a penalty was awarded which Daley coolly converted. A yellow card was the appropriate punishment for the keeper and one could say that the conditions contributed.

In the second half Bury started in the same way as the first. Ajose should have equalised from six yards but his feeble shot dribbled to Bradford keeper Lenny Pidgeley and shortly afterwards a long range blast from Ryan Lowe howled past the post. 

Twenty minutes from the end Fon Williams atoned for his earlier mistake when he brilliantly tipped James Hanson’s 30-yarder over the bar. 
Bury pressed on until the end when Ajose almost gave Bury the equaliser they deserved but his header from ten yards wasn't strong enough and Pidgely saved with ease.
This may be a better result than expected for Bury as to lose sooner rather than later might give the odd player a wake-up call with the FA Cup v Rochdale and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Tranmere coming inside four days.
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