Shakers end pre-season with six goal thriller
Bury let a two goal lead slip in their final pre-season friendly against local rivals Rochdale at the JD Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Danny Nardiello and Ryan Lowe plus an own goal from former Shaker Ashley Eastham saw the Shakers lead 3-1 at half time before two second half goals from Joel Logan ensured a share of the spoils for both teams.
David Flitcroft fielded a near full strength team with only Clive Platt and Andrew Tutte missing through injury and took the lead inside a minute when Ashley Eastham put the ball in his own net. Ryan Lowe turned his man with ease and sent a teasing low cross across the face of goal and, under heavy pressure from Danny Nardiello, the former Bury loanee diverted the ball into his own net.
GOAL: Bury 1-0 Rochdale (Ashley Eastham OG)
Rochdale reacted well to going behind early on and nearly had an equaliser with five minutes on the clock but Rhys Bennett couldn’t direct his header goalwards from a Michael Rose free kick.
The two combined four minutes later but with a different outcome this time as Bennett taped in at the back post to level the scores. Rose sent a cross in from the left hand side which was left by the Bury defence to leave the former Bolton man with an easy finish.
GOAL: Bury 1-1 Rochdale (Rhys Bennett)
Bennett, playing at right midfield instead of his usual centre back role, was a key part of Rochdale’s attack and created a chance for George Donnelly but his effort was saved by the legs of Shwan Jalal and cleared from danger.
Following a period of end-to-end attacks the game quietened down until the 38th when Danny Nardiello added his name to the scoresheet. Tom Soares and Ryan Lowe linked up well on the edge of the area and fed the ball to Nardiello around 12 yards out from goal. He turned Rochdale defender Sean McGinty with ease and curled the ball into the bottom corner to give the Shakers a one goal advantage.
GOAL: Bury 2-1 Rochdale (Danny Nardiello)
Nardiello then turned provider for Bury’s third to set up Ryan Lowe for his 1st goal back at the JD Stadium since he left the club in August 2011. Nardiello raced down the left side of the pitch and picked out Lowe in the area, he took one touch to set himself and another to hammer the ball into the top corner to leave Johny Diba with no chance of saving it.
GOAL: Bury 3-1 Rochdale (Ryan Lowe)
The Shakers dominated the opening period of the second half and had a chance to make it 4-1 following a flowing move started in their own half. Nicky Adams took the ball infield and played a one-two with Nardiello to leave himself one-on-one with Diba in the Rochdale goal. Adams took his shot early but was denied by the 16 year old, reportedly a target for Chelsea and Arsenal, who spread himself well.
Fellow winger Danny Mayor was involved in action six minutes later as left two Rochdale players in his wake before being felled on the edge of the area by Joe Rafferty. Ryan Lowe stepped up to take the free kick and saw his effort tipped away by Johny Diba.
Rochdale pulled another goal back in the 68th minute when Michael Rose got his second assist of the game when his corner was headed in by second half substitute Joel Logan. He floated the ball to the back post and Logan met it with a looping header that squeezed over the line despite the best efforts of Chris Hussey.
GOAL: Bury 3-2 Rochdale (Joel Logan)
David Flitcroft introduced Joe Thompson to the game with 79 minutes played and he received a rapturous applause from both sets of supporters
Dale thought they had equalised with ten minutes left when trialist Adam Morgan poked home from close range but it was ruled offside by the linesman on the far side.
With only a minute left to play they did get their equaliser though and it was Logan who added his second of the game. Shwan Jalal saved an initial effort from Michael Rose but was unable to prevent Logan’ shot from hitting the back of the net.
GOAL: Bury 3-3 Rochdale (Joel Logan)
The final whistle sounded shortly after and brought an end to the Shakers’ pre-season campaign ahead of next weekend’s opening league fixture against Cheltenham at the JD Stadium