Shakers impress at the JD
Bury graced the new pitch at the JD Stadium with a 1-1 draw against 10 man Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening.
Lee Williamson was shown a straight red card for Blackburn just before half time and then Danny Nardiello put the Shakers ahead in the second half. Jordan Rhodes equalised late on for Rovers with a penalty four minutes from the end.
Shwan Jalal was tested early on when Corry Evans hit a long range effort towards goal but the former Bournemouth goalkeeper was equal to it and palmed it away from danger.
Rovers came close to opening the scoring in the 25 minutes but Jordan Rhodes was ruled offside. Josh King struck an effort from the edge of the area that took a deflection and wrong footed Jalal but the linesman on the near side ruled that Rhodes had the last touch and the goal was chalked off.
Danny Nardiello then tried his luck from long range but his effort failed to trouble former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson with it flying just over the bar.
Bury soon had Blackburn’s fortunes as they had a goal ruled out for offside with 31 minutes played. Danny Mayor picked the ball up in his own half and drove towards the Blackburn defence, brushing off Corry Evans in the process. The former Sheffield Wednesday sprayed the ball out to Nardiello and he played the ball across the face of goal for Ryan Lowe to tap in. However the linesman ruled he had strayed offside the scoreline remained goalless.
A minute before the half time whistle Lee Williamson was shown a straight red after a vicious challenge on Ryan Lowe on the halfway line. Williamson dived in with his studs showing and caught Lowe quite high up on the league and left referee Darren Handley no choice but to send him off.
David Flitcroft made one change to the team at half time with Bury fans getting their first look at Kelvin Etuhu as he replaced Chris Sedgwick in the centre of midfield.
Rovers substitute Anthony O’Connor had the first chance of the second half but Jalal made a save low down to deny the young full back. He cut in from the right hand side and unleashed a left footed effort towards goal that was comfortably saved by Jalal at the second attempt.
Despite being down to 10 men Blackburn were still throwing players forward to get the opening goal but it was the Shakers who took the lead in the 71st minute. Chris Hussey whipped in a free kick to the near post and Danny Nardiello beat his man to flick in his fourth goal in two games in pre-season.
Blackburn responded well to going behind and went close to an equaliser when Craig Conway curled a free kick around the wall but went into the side netting and out for a goal kick.
Rovers did get their equaliser in the 86th minute when Josh King was felled by Jim McNulty in the area. Shwan Jalal did his best to put off Rhodes but Blackburn’s leading goalscorer last season sent him the wrong way from 12 yards out.
The final whistle sounded shortly after and the game finished as a draw against a tough Championship side who finished just outside the play-offs last season.
Next up for Bury is a trip to Ramsbottom United on Friday night in a mixed XI friendly before taking on local rivals Rochdale at the JD Stadium the day after.