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Shakers held at Newport

25 March 2014

Another point gained as Shakers draw at Newport

Bury drew for the second game in a row as they played out a stalemate in South Wales on Tuesday night. 

Neither the Shakers or Newport County could get a winner at Rodney Parade to leave Bury in 19th position. 

David Flitcroft named an unchanged starting eleven from the weekend’s game against Dagenham and Redbridge but there was a change on the bench as Nathan Cameron replaced Jake Carroll.

Bury started brightly and were on top in the opening period of the game. Danny Nardiello picked out Craig Jones at the back post but the former TNS man couldn't direct the ball goal wards. 

The Shakers kept driving forward and applying pressure to Newport and it nearly paid off in the 23rd minute. Danny Mayor skipped past Chris Zebroski and took aim for the bottom corner but Ian McLoughlin pulled off a fingertip save. 

The resulting corner was cleared and Newport broke up field. Zebroski was picked out with a cross field ball and forced Brian Jensen into making a save down low to his right. 

With 31 minutes on the clock Bury had a great chance to get in the lead but Clive Platt couldn't direct his header on target. Chris Hussey floated the ball into the box straight onto the head of Platt but he sent the ball in the direction it came from. 

Shortly before the half time whistle Brian Jensen was tested again but he was equal to Robbie Willmott's powerful shot from the edge of the area. 

Similar to the first half, Bury came out flying and created a half chance within a minute of the restart. Hussey swung a free kick to the back post and it was inches away from the diving Jim McNulty. 
 
Bury's two substitutions were made either side of a Brian Jensen save from Mike Flynn as Andy Procter and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaced Andrew Tutte and Clive Platt. 

Neither of them were involved in the next chance for the away side though. Frederic Veseli picked out Craig Jones with a cross field ball and he took it past two players before hammering a shot against a Newport player for a corner. 
 
With time ticking away McLouglin in the Newport goal denied Chris Sedgwick from outside the box and that was the final chance of the game with both teams happy to settle for a point. 

The result sees the Shakers remain in 19th position and four points off the relegation zone after AFC Wimbledon equalised in the 96th minute against Northampton Town, Bury's opponents on Saturday. 

Bury: Jensen, Hussey, McNulty, Mills, Veseli, Mayor, Sedgwick, Tutte (Procter 63), Jones, Platt (Akpa Akpro 69), Nardiello

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