Bury vs Hereford United
by Hannah Ingram at Gigg Lane
A poor display at Crewe last week saw the Shakers slip to 11th in the table, and they returned to home turf to play a Hereford side that haven't won or scored since the opening day of the season. The Bulls were sitting at the wrong end of the table at kick off in 23rd place and no doubt eyeing up some goals and points.
Bury boss Alan Knill made one change to the starting XI who were beaten 3-0 at Crewe. Steven Schumacher had to sit this match out following his red card at Gresty road, with Damien Mozika coming into the team in his place. The captain's armband was given to the Shakers' top scorer Ryan Lowe.
Classy play from Michael Jones on the left nearly saw the Shakers take the lead on 6 minutes; he controlled a cross-field ball with style before curling a right-footed shot goal-bound, but it was blocked by Adam Bartlett in the Bulls goal.
Guillem Bauza came close for the visitors on 16 as his long range effort went just over the bar after Cameron Belford had punched the ball out of the box.
Ryan Lowe was fouled just outside the box on 23 minutes by Ryan Valentine; the ref gave him a talking to but no card was produced. The resulting free kick was flicked up by Lowe as he tried a volleyed shot but it was deflected away for a corner.
Yellow card for Hereford on 26 minutes - Stuart Fleetwood
Yellow card for Hereford on 30 minutes - Kenny Lunt
Bury were awarded a penalty on 38 minutes after Ryan Lowe was brought down by Michael Townsend. Andy Bishop stepped up to take the spot kick but fired straight at Adam Bartlett who dived the right way.
Yellow card for Hereford on 38 minutes - Michael Townsend
Two minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official as Joe Skarz was booked for a foul on the edge of the box.
Yellow card for Bury on 45 minutes - Joe Skarz
Time was soon called on a first half that Bury could have been leading. A penalty save meant the score was still 0-0 but the Shakers were already playing better than last week.
Half Time - Bury 0 Hereford 0
Both sides returned to the field with no changes made.
GOAL! Hereford flew out of the traps from the whistle and into Bury's box, where Phil Picken was judged to have fouled Guillem Bauza. The referee pointed to the spot, and Bauza converted the chance by sending Belford the wrong way with his swagger.
Bury 0 Hereford 1
Andy Haworth set himself up on goal on 55 minutes as he ran with the ball from the right wing before cutting inside to just outside the box and trying a shot; Bartlett got down well to gather the ball.
Double substitution for Bury on 70 minutes - David Worrall on for Andy Haworth, Danny Carlton on for Andy Bishop
Red card for Hereford on 71 minutes - Kenny Lunt (second yellow card)
Substitution for Hereford on 73 minutes - Daniel Stratford on for Guillem Bauza
Danny Carlton blasted a close range effort well over the bar on 74 minutes after a neat cross field ball from Jones on the right met Skarz on the left, who squared the ball into the box for Carlton.
Yellow card for Hereford on 77 minutes - Ryan Valentine
Jones' sweetly taken free kick from the right on 77 minutes swept into the box to the head of Ryan Lowe at the near post who converted - Bury thought they had equalised but the referee then wanted the free kick taking again.
The repeated free kick was cleared at the near post.
Belford kept the deficit at one goal on 82 minutes as Mathieu Manset broke free; he got down well to send the shot looping over the bar.
Substitution for Bury on 83 minutes - Kyle Bennett on for Phil Picken
David Worrall cut inside from the right wing on 86 minutes before teeing up a long range drive along the ground which was deflected away for a corner.
Four minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official as Bury kept taking the ball forward.
Peter Sweeney rattled the bar from long range in the first minute of added time.
Substitution for Hereford on 90 (+1) minutes - Sean Canham on for Mathieu Manset
GOAL! Bury's deserved equaliser finally arrived three minutes into added time; a cross from Sweeney on the right met the head of Lowe, whose header went in off the far post.
Bury 1 Hereford 1
Time was soon called on a match that Bury deserved to win in the end; they had enough chances but struggled to finish off their hard work with a goal. The disallowed goal seemed to frustrate the Shakers to the point where they kept the pressure on the Hereford backline until it cracked at the very end of the game.
Full Time - Bury 1 Hereford 1
The point apiece didn't lift the Bulls out of the bottom two, and meant Bury stayed in 11th place in the table. The Shakers travel to Cheltenham next weekend, who were hammered 3-0 at Chesterfield","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Chesterfield this afternoon.
Attendance - 2753 (152 visitors)
From the Press Room..
Manager, Alan Knill said: "I'm not saying we played unbelievably well but I think we looked most likely to score."
"We could easily be sitting here after a 1-0 loss, but we took a point out of a desperate situation."
"I know it's difficult to be patient, and I know everyone wants us to win. In every sport you have to deal with the pressure and expectation. The only way to carry that expectation is to get the results, and we just need to carry on building."
"Maybe I should have taken the penalty away from Bish, but they decided between themselves who would take it."
"There's strength of character in Damien Mozika, he's done a lot to prove himself."
"I was pleased with the players, and we scored because we didn't smash it, we passed it."
Second half substitute, Kyle Bennett, said: "I think all the lads at the back have come in and done well, and they're good enough players to come through and improve."
"It's hard to come on as a sub in any game, but I want to come in and make my mark."
"The gaffer wants us to go to Cheltenham and be a tough team; I think we'll get something there".
Michael Jones added: "I didn't look like a penalty from where I was, but the ref probably gave it to even things out."
"We've got to be more ruthless to win games, and there's no reason why we can't get three points at Cheltenham."
"Giving away a penalty so early in the second half was a massive blow and it was an uphill climb from there."
Video interviews with all three of the above will be live on Shakers Player later this evening, with full quotes available from Sunday morning