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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Christopher Maguire (64' PEN)
  • Michael Smith (70')
  • Jermaine Beckford (72')

Bury end their winless run in style

Bury ended their winless run in style as a second-half salvo earned them a 3-0 home victory over Oxford.
Chris Maguire broke the deadlock by converting a 64th-minute penalty against his former club.
Michael Smith then bundled in Bury's second after 70 minutes and, just two minutes later, Jermaine Beckford sealed the Shakers' first win in 11.
That lifted them out of the relegation zone in League One, while Oxford are 15th after four games without a win.
Despite their recent form, both sides carved out chances in the first half, with Smith curling a 20-yard strike against the crossbar and sending two other efforts wide.
Beckford was denied by Simon Eastwood while at the other end Leo Fasan, making his first league start for Bury, denied Rob Hall, Gino van Kessel and Alex Mowatt.
Van Kessel and Hall fired wide after half-time, but Bury went ahead when Mike Williamson barged Beckford over and Maguire fired the resulting penalty into the bottom-left corner.
Smith and defender John Mousinho then challenged to meet Beckford's cross, sending the ball in at the near post.
And Chris Humphrey delivered a deep cross from the right for Beckford to head in his sixth of the season at the far post and seal an impressive win.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Shrewsbury Town 17 +15 40
2 Wigan Athletic 17 +19 36
3 Bradford City 18 +7 33
4 Scunthorpe United 18 +9 32
5 Charlton Athletic 16 +7 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 16 +12 28
7 Oxford United 18 +9 26
8 Rotherham United 18 +6 26
9 Fleetwood Town 18 +1 26
10 Portsmouth 18 +1 26
11 Peterborough United 17 +3 25
12 Blackpool 17 +1 25
13 Milton Keynes Dons 18 -6 23
14 Southend United 17 -7 23
15 Oldham Athletic 17 -6 21
16 Bristol Rovers 18 -7 21
17 Doncaster Rovers 18 -2 20
18 Walsall 17 -4 19
19 AFC Wimbledon 18 -6 19
20 Gillingham 18 -7 18
21 Northampton Town 18 -15 18
22 Rochdale 17 -5 17
23 Plymouth Argyle 18 -15 14
24 Bury 18 -10 13