Stylish Bury were good value for their 2-0 victory over Mansfield Town at an icy Gigg Lane this afternoon.
In a one-sided first half, a mistake from goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov on 40 minutes saw him fail to hold onto a shot and gift Ryan Lowe the only goal of the half.
Stags came back out full of fire and Simon Heslop volleyed a good chance over the bar from seven yards.
MATCH REPORT: Bury 2 Mansfield Town 0
But the Shakers looked dangerous every time they came forward and put the game to bed on 78 minutes after Danny Mayor had got past Jamie McGuire on the by-line before unleashing an unstoppable finish.
Junior Brown kept battling and almost pulled one back near the end on three occasions. But the game was gone by then.
The win left Bury only outside the play-off spots on goal difference and Stags boss Adam Murray with another yardstick of what it will take to be challenging to get into this year’s play-offs.