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by Hannah Ingram
Bury claimed a point at the death in a match they arguably could have wonafter playing a poor Preston side off the pitch for large parts of the game.
The home side took the lead against the run of play on 67 minutes when a shot from loan debutant Chuks Aneke took a wicked deflection and rolled past Trevor Carson and into the bottom corner.
But Bury weren't out of it and they made their final chance on goal count in added time. Steven Schumacher tried something special from the edge of the box, but it was blocked into the path of David Amoo who blasted against the bar. Thankfully, substitute Lateef Elford-Alliyu was there to clean up for the Shakers, claiming their well-deserved point.
A long throw from Nathan Clarke made its way towards the middle of the box on 15 minutes, but it was cleared only as far as Giles Coke on the edge of the area - his awkward shot bounced and went wide.
Preston substitution on 18 minutes - Barry Nicholson replaced by Chris Holroyd
A corner from Coke on 19 minutes found the head of Joe Skarz at the near post, but his headed effort struck the arm of a Preston player stood behind him - no penalty given.
Iain Hume tried his luck from distance on 21 minutes, but despite seeing Trevor Carson spill the ball in front of him, the Sunderland","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Sunderland loan keeper had it covered.
David Amoo was causing Preston plenty of problems down the right flank, winning five corners in the first 20 minutes. He made space for himself on 28 minutes, but his cross went begging. Moments later and he shot from the right of the box, looking for a way in at the near post, but he saw Thorsten Stuckmann parry it away.
Amoo beat the offside trap with his pace on 38 minutes and had time to take the ball into the box on the left hand side - he was looking to cross to the waiting Andy Bishop, but he blasted the ball across the face of the goal.
Four minutes of added time failed to reap any rewards for Bury and they left the field as they started it: 0-0 and looking for that all-important first goal.
The Shakers had the run of the first half and had plenty of corners to boast about - mostly won by Amoo on the right - but no finishing touch.
Half time - Preston 0 Bury 0
Bury were incredibly close to taking the lead on 54 minutes - a corner from Coke was swirled in from the right, finding the head of Bishop at the near post, but his header forced a brilliant reaction save from Stuckmann.
Chris Holroyd turned a cross into a shot on 60 minutes, powering the ball over the bar from the right of the box.
A cross from Amoo on 63 minutes caused pandemonium in the Preston box, with Bishop and Coke both getting on the end of it but they were unable to turn and shoot. The ball was cleared as far as Andrai Jones, and his shot from distance stung the gloves of Stuckmann. He needed Chuks Aneke to clear up the loose ball.
GOAL! The home side took the lead against the run of play on 67 minutes with a deflected goal for Aneke. A cross from the left was cleared by Efe Sodje, but only as far as Aneke who waited just inside the box to pounce, and his low effort took a wicked deflection to see it roll into the bottom corner.
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Paul Coutts looked close to making it two for Preston on 72 minutes with a fierce drive from the right which Carson had to quickly tip round the post.
Bury substitution on 74 minutes - Mark Carrington replaced by Shaun Harrad
Bury yellow card on 77 minutes - Nathan Clarke
Preston substitution on 79 minutes - Iain Hume replaced by Graham Cummins
Preston substitution on 84 minutes - Chris Holroyd replaced by Neil Mellor
Bury substitution on 87 minutes - Andrai Jones replaced by Lateef Elford-Alliyu
Neil Mellor was inches from doubling Preston's lead in the first of four added minutes, but his shot from the left of the box rolled just wide of the far post.
GOAL! Bury got their deserved equaliser in the second minute of added time, courtesy of a reaction finish from Lateef Elford-Alliyu. Steven Schumacher tried to blast the ball towards goal, but saw his effort blocked and the loose ball fell to Amoo who blasted against the crossbar. Luckily for Bury, Elford-Alliyu was there to clear up for the Shakers, ensuring they went home with a point.
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Four minutes of eventful added time were soon over as Bury aimed to keep possession. They arguably deserved three points after playing Preston off the park for large parts of the game, but they will feel happy to claim a point, especially when they were so close to taking nothing home.
Full time - Preston 1 Bury 1
Attendance - 10,735