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by Hannah Ingram
Bury chalked up their first clean sheet in 18 games with an important point against Scunthorpe United" target="_blank">Scunthorpe United and former manager Alan Knill.
The Shakers had their chances to take three points, hitting the woodwork twice in the opening period. They were all over the visitors, especially after Mark Duffy saw red for raising a clumsy arm to Patrick Cregg's face.
They almost took all three points in the dying moments, but Lateef Elford-Alliyu saw his late effort blocked just in front of the line.
The opening stages saw Bury fly out of the traps and show the desire they have arguably been missing in recent weeks, passing the ball with flair and Reading","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">reading the game well.
Josh Walker tried his luck from the edge of box on 17 minutes, but his low effort sailed wide.
Bury's best chances arrived in quick succession on 19 minutes. David Worrall was flattened by Cliff Byrne ten yards outside the box, giving Shaun Harrad the free kick which he curled against the foot of the left post. The resulting long throw in from Nathan Clarke found the head of Efe Sodje in front of goal, but his effort rattled against the crossbar.
Mark Duffy received his marching orders after half an hour after catching Patrick Cregg in the face.
Scunthorpe red card on 30 minutes - Mark Duffy
Jon Parkin made the most of some hesitation from Sodje at the half way line on 43 minutes before playing the ball through to Andy Barcham on the right of the box, but his soft shot did little to worry Carson.
Two minutes of added time saw Bury to continue taking the ball forward. A long throw into the box from Nathan Clarke with a minute to play was cleared from near the penalty spot, but only as far as Giles Coke, whose shot fizzed just wide.
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Shaun Harrad broke into the box on 49 minutes thanks to a neat through ball from Worrall, but his snap shot from the right of the box went well over.
Coke sprinted down the right wing on 55 minutes, beating his marker before crossing the ball into the box. It soon found the feet of Worrall as it rolled away from the box, but his bobbly shot saw a simple save from Sam Slocombe.
Joe Skarz picked out Worrall on 58 minutes as he paced down the left flank after beating Damien Mozika to the ball. His cross was whipped in to the head of Harrad, but his glancing header sent the ball away from goal.
Bury substitution on 68 minutes - Shaun Harrad replaced by David Amoo
Scunthorpe substitution on 74 minutes - Jordan Robertson replaced by Jimmy Ryan
Bury yellow card on 80 minutes - Andy Bishop
Scunthorpe yellow card on 80 minutes - Paul Reid
Bury substitution on 81 minutes - Patrick Cregg replaced by Lateef Elford-Alliyu
Scunthorpe substitution on 81 minutes - Josh Walker replaced by Sam Togwell
A cross field ball from Elford-Alliyu found Worrall on the left - his cross was sent in low and went begging in front of goal, with Bishop that yard too far from it.
Scunthorpe yellow card on 86 minutes - Jon Parkin
Scunthorpe substitution on 88 minutes - Damien Mozika replaced by Michael O'Connor
Four minutes of added time saw Bury continue to press forward, and they almost had their winner in the dying moments. A scramble in the box saw the ball fall to the feet of Elford-Alliyu, but his low shot was blocked by Slocombe just in front of his line.
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