Football League Youth Alliance, North West Conference
Bury U18 5 Morecambe U18 0 (att 60)
This was Bury's final youth team game of the season, and they needed a win to keep pressure on title challengers Wigan, who as a result of this scoreline now need four points from their final two games to pip Bury to the the title.
To be honest there was never any doubt about Bury winning this, from the second minute when a Morecambe defender volleyed the ball into his own net. The visitors, bottom of the league, were 3-0 behind by half time, and were fortunate not to concede more then five. Their keeper had a great game.
Bury have recently moved into the Carrington training ground that Manchester City used until they opened their new Etihad campus. Evidence of City's occupancy remains, mostly in the many signs advertising "Abu Dhabi - travellers welcome" that populate the place.
Spectators are welcomed by Bury, although I was asked, rather accusingly, if I was a scout, as I followed the signposted path towards the youth team pitch.
It was a new pitch, and so a "tick" for me, but not my first visit. Before Manchester City took it over this was the UMIST sports ground, and I'd seen Old Mancunians play a Lancashire Amateur League game on one of the many other pitches.