Bury have been promoted to League One after drawing at sixth-placed Tranmere Rovers, whose own hopes of winning automatic promotion were ended.

Danny Mayor’s second-half equaliser for the Shakers cancelled out James Norwood’s 11th-minute header, which was the Rovers striker’s 30th goal of the campaign in all competitions.

With Mansfield Town and MK Dons playing each other on the final day of the season, it is impossible for both sides to reach 79 points and leapfrog Ryan Lowe’s side.

It means the Shakers, who were put up for sale last week, have achieved their third promotion to the third tier in just nine seasons.

A point means Rovers are now assured of a play-off place, but they are unable to finish in the top three.

Bury’s rollercoaster season ends on a high

Bury’s success on the pitch has been made all the more impressive by a series of challenges off it, with players sometimes paid late and a winding-up petition still to be resolved.

Last Thursday, chairman Steve Dale confirmed he was putting the club up for sale just five months after taking over, suggesting the Shakers’ financial situation was “significantly worse” than he had first realised.

The failure to pay March’s salaries on time – for which director Matthew McCarthy later apologised – even left one of the club’s League Two fixtures in doubt, although a postponement was avoided on the eve of the game.

Bury’s promotion charge looked in danger of being derailed by the ongoing financial problems last month, with a run of four losses in five games dragging them back towards the chasing pack.

But Lowe’s men gathered themselves to take four points from matches against Northampton and Tranmere, defying the odds with promotion back to League One.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 4Nelson
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 19Morris
  • 8Harris
  • 28Banks
  • 27Pringle
  • 11Jennings
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 5McNulty
  • 9Mullin
  • 17Perkins
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 29Dagnall

Bury

  • 1Murphy
  • 4Aimson
  • 5Thompson
  • 19Wharton
  • 7Adams
  • 26O’Shea
  • 11Rossiter
  • 10Mayor
  • 3Stokes
  • 18Telford
  • 36Maynard

Substitutes

  • 6O’Connell
  • 15Moore
  • 21McFadzean
  • 27Omotayo
  • 31Danns
  • 32Lavery
  • 43Maloney
Referee:
David Webb

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamBury
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home4
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away1

Live Text

Foul by Sid Nelson (Tranmere Rovers).

Scott Wharton (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jay O’Shea.

Attempt missed. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Bury).

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Dominic Telford (Bury) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Nicky Adams (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Chris Stokes (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt saved. Danny Mayor (Bury) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers).

Will Aimson (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Bury 0. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieron Morris with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Will Aimson.

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Bury) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Chris Stokes (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Jordan Rossiter (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Scott Wharton (Bury) header from very close range misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Oliver Banks.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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