Bury vs Aldershot
by Hannah Ingram at Gigg Lane
Bury's poor performance at Accrington last week saw them slip into 6th place in the table, continuing their run of below-par form.
The starting XI got a shake-up, with Lenell John-Lewis and Kyle Bennett both earning starting berths for the first time in the league.
Today's visitors had a new manager in tow, with Dean Holdsworth joining them in the week from Newport County, to help pull them up from 20th in the league.
A difficult surface looked set to cause problems for both sides, as it cut up easily underfoot following heavy rain.
GOAL! Luke Gutteridge took an early lead for the visitors on 9 minutes after Jermaine McGlashan beat the Bury offside trap with his pace before crossing the ball in front of goal for Gutteridge to connect with, putting the ball into the top left hand corner.
Bury 0 Aldershot 1
Yellow card for Bury on 14 minutes - Phil Picken
Kyle Bennett worked hard on 21 minutes, taking the ball from the right wing and into the box after beating two defenders, but his shot was deflected away for a corner.
A cross from Michael Jones on 26 minutes caused problems but it was put out of play for a Bury corner.
Yellow card for Bury on 30 minutes - Joe Skarz
Bury started to get their feet into the game, challenging for every ball - essential on this tricky surface.
Yellow card for Aldershot on 40 minutes - Ben Herd
Yellow card for Bury on 44 minutes - Kyle Bennett
One minute of additional time was indicated by the fourth official but it was soon over. Bury left the field one goal behind in this match, but with plenty of time to get back into it.
Half Time - Bury 0 Aldershot 1
Both sides returned to the field with no changes made.
Bennett came close to equalising for Bury on 52 with a cross-come-shot from the right of the box. Ryan Lowe had done the hard work of chasing the ball down before Bennett unleashed, seeing the ball bounce wide of the far post.
A cheeky chipped ball forward from Bennett on 58 minutes set up Lowe on the right hand side; he ran into the box but his shot across the face of the goal bounced wide.
A shot from McGlashan from a tricky angle on 64 minutes forced Cameron Belford to tip the ball over the bar for a corner.
Substitution for Bury on 66 minutes - Nicky Ajose on for Michael Jones
Substitution for Aldershot on 70 minutes - Emmanuel Panther on for Anthony Straker
GOAL! Bury were back in the match on 71 minutes following a period of decent pressure from the Shakers. A stunning strike from Schumacher from distance had Jamie Young well beaten, bringing Bury level.
Bury 1 Aldershot 1
Substitution for Aldershot on 77 minutes - Danny Hylton on for Peter Vincenti
Aldershot saw a goal disallowed on 78 minutes after McGlashan slid in to a low cross and put the ball in the net, but was judged to be offside.
Bury had Skarz to thank on 82 minutes after McGlashan ran free of the Bury defence and looked set to trouble Belford; the Bury defender dispossessed him in the area, keeping the score level. McGlashan put the ball just wide from close range moments later.
Substitution for Aldershot on 85 minutes - Aaron Morris on for Wade Small
Danny Hylton looked set to score for the visitors on 87 minutes after latching onto a poor backpass from Tom Lees; responsibility fell to Efe Sodje who took the ball from him after he rounded Belford.
Anthony Charles tested Belford at the far post moments later as he headed goalbound, but saw it tipped over.
Three minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official as Aldershot were awarded a free kick on the right hand side. Taken by Ben Harding, it was headed clear by Mozika on the edge of the box.
Time was soon called and Bury ended up with a point thanks to a much better team performance from the Shakers, specifically in the second half, resulting with an equalising goal as a reward.
A difficult surface forced Bury to get stuck into Aldershot and they ended up playing the better football. It was undeniable that Jermaine McGlashan caused Bury problems, but Kyle Bennett did the same to the away side with his fancy footwork.
Bury travel down south to Southend on Friday night before facing early promotion contenders Shrewsbury at home the following Friday.
Full Time - Bury 1 Aldershot 1
Attendance - 2537 (167 visitors)
Bury: Cameron Belford, Phil Picken, Joe Skarz, Tom Lees, Steven Schumacher (c), Lenell John-Lewis, Michael Jones, Ryan Lowe, Efe Sodje, Kyle Bennett, Damien Mozika
Subs: Peter Sweeney, David Worrall, Andy Haworth, Richie Branagan, Andrai Jones, Nicky Ajose, Max Harrop
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Subs: Glen Little, Danny Hylton, Manny Panther, Aaron Morris, Clayton Fortune, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Jordan Clements