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Blunt edge puts paid to Shakers; Bury 1 Port Vale 0.

Bury were relegated despite a battling win over 10-man Vale. Queens Park Rangers' comfortable win over Crystal Palace rendered this result meaningless, but Bury did all they could to stay afloat.

Dean West scored the only goal, heading home Carl Serrant's cross in the 67th minute, moments after Vale's Tommy Widdrington was dismissed for retaliation.

Vale should have gone in front after only two minutes as Widdrington crossed from the left and on-loan Aston Villa youngster Alan Lee flicked the ball over Chris Swailes, but blazed his shot over the bar.

Vale were the more composed side in the first half, but Bury almost went ahead after 14 minutes when Laurent D'Jaffo's header was cleared off the line by Neil Aspin.

The Shakers raised their game in the second half and were denied a penalty when Aspin appeared to handle in the box.

The match turned when Widdrington was sent off. Bury took full advantage as West put his side ahead, but both sides seemed content to play out the last 20 minutes, with Vale safe.

Bury paid for it as they went down on goals scored.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 10, 1999
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