What a shame that Notts County weren't in action last week due to the Oldham game being postponed... they had won three League Two games on the bounce and were unbeaten in five, but with the momentum gone, the Magpies proceeded to lose 4-0 away at Bury.
The Shakers were impressive at Gigg Lane while Notts were lacklustre, a combination which meant for a one-sided game in which the hosts ran riot, with their first concrete chance coming after just seven minutes when Danny Mayor was in a superb position, only for Cedric Evina to get back and thwart the effort.
No such luck on 11 minutes when Bury did manage to get their noses in front, some good link-up play down the left culminating in Callum McFadzean whipping a dangerous low cross across the six-yard box for Nicky Maynard to poke home at the back post.
Seven more minutes and it was 2-0 to the home side as Mayor attempted to beat Ross Fitzsimons with a cheeky backheel, and although he didn't succeed, the effort deflected to Maynard, who knocked the ball into the path of Dom Telford for an easy close-range tap-in.
Notts manager Harry Kewell made two changes at the break as Kane Hemmings and Elliott Hewitt came off for Kristian Dennis and David Vaughan, but to little avail as Bury continued to be on top in most aspects, with Maynard once again having a pop early on after the restart, though Fitzsimons saved on this occasion.
Goal number three came on 65 minutes, and this was from the penalty spot as Matt Tootle hacked down Telford, prompting referee Carl Boyeson to show the Slugman a yellow and point to the spot. Jay O’Shea stepped up to take the spot-kick, firing the ball into the bottom left-hand corner past a stationary Fitzsimons as County's fate was effectively sealed.
There was yet time for more misery as, late on in the game, Nicky Adams cut in and took the ball beyond multiple defenders before rifling a long-range effort into the back of the net to send Notts home with their tail between their legs.