After a series of solid performances in the league, the Capital One Cup and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, expectations from Shakers fans and management alike were high going into this highly anticipated local derby.
Kevin Blackwell reverted back to the eleven that beat Cheltenham 4-1 at Gigg Lane last Saturday. Goalkeeper Trevor Carson recovered from his injury to come back into the side in place of new signing Brain Jensen.
With the away end at Spotland bursting at the seams with the army of travelling Shakers fans, the atmosphere was electric. The first chance of the game fell to the home team when George Donnelly played a ball from the middle of the park to an advancing Scott Hogan, but his effort was hit wide of Carson's post.
Bury were granted the first corner of the game on the right-by line alongside the Shakers fans. Craig Jones played in a high ball towards the heads of his advancing team mates but it fell straight into the hands of Josh Lillis.
A foul by Matthew Lund on Anton Forrester resulted in a Bury a free-kick just outside the Rochdale box in a good position. Lund as a result was awarded the first yellow card of the game. The ball was chipped in by Tommy Miller but deflected out for corner.
Bury made a strong start to the first-half, pushing for the opener. When a seemingly nervous Rochdale tried to counter Bury's back four remained solid, comfortably dealing with anything the home team threw at them.
The best chance of the half fell to Rochdale on the 19th minute. A long pass from Ian Henderson found an unmarked Scott Hogan. Hogan found himself one on one with Trevor Carson who came out of his line in an attempt to create tight angle for Hogan to bag a goal. Hogan played a powerful, low ball across to the right corner of Carson's net, but the shot rolled right across the face of the Bury goal.
Bury countered with Shaun Beeley playing a long cross field ball to the feet of Craig Jones, who struck the shot at goal – but his effort lacked power or pace and was easily saved by Lillis.
25 minutes into the game Peter Vincente was awarded what was to be his first of two yellow cards, for a reckless studs-up challenge on Nathan Cameron. A cross was flicked into the box by Anton Forrester onto the header of Craig Jones but he hit it high over the bar.
Former Bury player Brian Barry-Murphy stepped up to take a 28th minute Rochdale corner. The ball was looped in to the centre of the box and found Peter Vincente. His bullet header went straight at Trevor Carson, who responded with a quick reflex save. As Carson scrambled down for the ball he received a knee to the face from Rhys Bennett which brought lengthy treatment from the Bury & Rochdale medical staff, and required stitching after the game.
The third yellow card of the game was shown to Rochdale's Scott Hogan after an unfair challenge on Danny Mayor. Referee Carl Boyeson awarded Bury a free-kick which was crossed in by William Edjenguélé but the Shaker's attack were unable to connect with the ball with the keeper collecting unchallenged.
The 35th minute brought was what to be the only goal of the game. Ian Henderson hit a sweeping ball into the back post finding Vincente but his powerful shot was saved by Carson. The loose ball fell to the feet of Scott Hogan who slotted goal, against run of play, straight into the net.
Two minutes of play brought two bad challenges from Rochdale. The first was a rash foul by George Donnelly on William Edjenguélé which led to a Bury free-kick. The second came about two minutes later when Vincente went in for a poorly-timed challenge on Andy Procter. The referee pulled out his yellow card, shortly followed by his red card leaving Rochdale down to just 10 men.
Bury looked frustrated coming off down the tunnel at half-time after a half of dominating play, possession and going down to an instinctive effort.
The second half didn't go Bury's way with Rochdale's 10 men team defending the ball well and continuing to push for a second goal, but Bury's back four weren't for giving up and remained strong.
The second half lacked any real threatening opportunities from either side. Rochdale made the first break of the half. Rhys Bennett played a long throw that landed at the feet of Hogan. Hogan took the chance on goal but his effort was wide of the target.
Bury were pushing for the equaliser when Craig Jones played a curling ball into the box, although the Rochdale area lacked any red shirted Shakers, the cross still managed to force Josh Lillis off his line, tipping it out for a Bury throw alongside the Shakers fans.
Jessy Reindorf has the Shakers supporters on their feet when introduced on the hour, shortly before Gareth Roberts took a Bury throw. The ball soared high into the box close to the head of Reindorf, but the was cleared by Jack O'Connell with a long punt up the field.
A 66th minute Bury corner was played short by Tommy Miller but Rochdale skipper Oliver Lancashire manages to get on the end of the ball. The clearance was picked up by Obadeyi who crossed the ball in. Jessy Reindorf takes his first chance with a header at goal, but it falls just too the left of the goal.
Bury's best chance of the game came on the 72nd minute when a chance fell to Andy Procter in the box. Procter should have taken the shot but instead played a through ball to Obadeyi who dragged the shot wide to the right of Lillis net.
The last chance of the game came from Bury who were continuing to search for a late equaliser. A cross was delivered into the box by Gareth Roberts. Jessy Reindorf stepped up to take the chance at goal but it fell wide of the target.
A scrappy and not that entertaining affair was brought to a halt by referee Boyeson with Rochdale taking the points in the first derby game of the season.