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FA Cup Stalemate

20 November 2013

The Shakers held to a goalless draw at the JD Stadium...

Bury played the re-arranged Budwiser FA Cup tie against a high flying Cambridge United, from which the winner of the tie would be set to take on Sheffield United on Sunday 8th December live on BT Sport. 

Brian Jensen was forced into making an early save in the first minute when Kwesi Appiah broke away and looked to be through on goal, but Jensen was down to collect the ball at Appiah's feet. 

Bury's first chance of the game came when Craig Jones managed to skip past two men in midfield and play a curling ball into the box which fell to the feet of Shaun Harrad. Harrad struck the ball on the volley only for it to be evaded by a yellow shirt. The deflected ball fell to Tom Soares who again struck the ball on the half volley but it fell just wide of the post. 

On 27 minutes Adam Cunningham managed to weave past William Edjenguele to take a shot at the near post but the ball rolled across the face of goal and out for a goal-kick.

After a quiet spell with neither side posing a threat on goal, Bury were awarded a corner. Craig Jones played a short quick ball to Tom Soares in the box who struck a shot with power then headed the deflected shot across goal. The ball fell to Mayor 15 yards out who drove the ball towards goal but with too much behind it it flew high over the bar. 
The first-half was and even affair with both sides having had even opportunities, with neither side stepping up to take the game by the scruff of the neck. 

Half-Time: Bury 0 – Cambridge United 0

The first chance of the second-half fell Cambridge's Appiah who with pace out ran Edjenguele and took a right footed shot from the right of the box but it was drove wide past the face of goal. 

The visitors had upped their game in the second-half and had stepped up the the tempo. Richard Tait played Appiah through the middle, who once again was given the opportunity to drive a powerful shot on goal but Jensen was quick react with a well timed dive to deny the visitors. 

61 minutes: Substitution: Shaun Harrad off Aton Forrester and Tom Soares off Tommy Miller

Cambridge persisted in their search for a goal when Cunningham rose from the crowded Bury box to meet the curling cross from the right by line, but his headed attempt was too high to give his side the advantage. 

Bury's best spell of of the game came in the 71st minute. Shaun Beeley played a low ball into the Cambridge box but it was deflected inside the box and landed at the feet of substitute Tommy Miller. Miller fired a powerful shot straight down the centre of goal but it was well blocked by keeper Maxwell. 

74 minutes: Substitution: Cunningham off for Sam-Yorke

Cambridge continued to push for a goal and were causing Bury problems. Once again Brian Jensen was on hand to keep the Shakers in the game when he was called upon to pull off an excellent one handed save after the strike from Harrison Dunk looked as though it was heading for the top left hand corner of goal.

Bury have failed to threaten the Cambridge goal in the second-half with only Tommy Miller's effort testing the keeper. Goalkeeper Brian Jensen was the well-deserved man of the match after pulling of a series of excellent saves to keep the Shakers in the tie. Bury travel to the Abbey Stadium on 3rd December in the replay to decide who will host League One side Sheffield United in the second round.

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