BURY held their own at home to play-off hopefuls Brentford to get their first point on the board in the opening match of the League One season.
And the Gigg Lane faithful went home wondering what could have been after referee Carl Boyeson waved away David Worrall’s fierce claims for a late penalty.
The Shakers winger looked to have been scythed down in the box after Andy Bishop had got in behind the Brentford defence to put him clear, only for Boyeson to point for a goal kick.
Stand-in boss Peter Shirtliff will settle for the point though after his side snuffed out the threat from Uwe Rosler’s powerful team.
Bury were forced to weather a storm at the start of each half against the stronger, more athletic team without ever giving away any clear-cut chances.
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It was a tale of the penalties that never were in a controversial end to Bury’s opening day League One draw with Brentford.
With the game entering the final 10 minutes, David Worrall was upended in the box by Harlee Dean and Lennel John-Lewis clashed with the Bees outrushing keeper Simon Moore leaving the Gigg Lane faithful appealing for a spot kick for both – with no reward.
However Shakers caretaker boss Peter Shirtliff, who faces competition from former Hull boss Phil Brown – among others – for the Bury job, was reflective: “The referee deemed the challenge on David Worrall as not a penalty. He was a lot closer to it than I was but you get those decisions.
“The second one, the keeper has tackled Lenny. If he misses it, then he has a problem because there were no covering defenders and he may have been sent off. But fair play to the goalkeeper because he played the ball and tackled him.
“Sometimes you get these decisions and sometimes you don’t but overall I thought a draw was a fair result.
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It was honours even as Brentford played out a 0-0 draw with Bury in their opening league game of the season at Gigg Lane on Saturday.
The Bees played some neat football at times, but looked extremely light up front as manager Uwe Rosler's search for a new striker continues. They lived dangerously at the back at times too, with Bury being denied a penalty in the closing stages.
Early in the match Brentford switched play from right to left, with Scott Barron cutting in from the left and firing in a low shot, comfortably held by Trevor Carson.
After a quarter of an hour Shakers' captain Steven Shumacher saw his low shot cleared off the line, before it was scrambled behind for a corner.
When the Bees then broke down the right, Shaleum Logan's cross was headed wide by Sam Saunders.
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FORMER Brentford keeper Trevor Carson had a quiet afternoon as Brentford opened their League One season with a tame goalless draw at Bury this afternoon.
In a first half of precious few chances, Adam Forshaw perhaps should have passed with Scott Barron better placed as his shot is comfortably saved, before at the other end, Barron got in good block as David Worrall broke with Bury two on two.
Leon Legge then nearly deflected an Adam Lockwood shot into his own net, before Lockwood's tackle at the other end prevented Clayton Donaldson being one on one with Trevor Carson.
The second half fared little better. On the hour mark, Bees keeper Simon Moore did fantastically well to punch clear from Andy Bishop, who had been found in the clear with the visiting defence nowhere, while Forshaw fired wide from the edge of the hosts' area.
Substitute Farid Al Alugai should have done better with a far post header from Shaleum Logan's cross, before Bury sub Mark Curran saw his shot from a free-kick deflected into the side netting, and the same player was denied by a Tony Craig challenge soon after.
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