Bury extended their unbeaten home run to eleven games in all competitions as they drew 2-2 with Fleetwood Town at the JD Stadium.
A Mark Roberts own goal that was claimed as Danny Nardiello’s and a second goal in form of a penalty were enough to secure a point and take Bury up a place in Sky Bet League 2. The Shakers haven’t lost at home since the 2nd November when Torquay took all three points in a 3-1 win.
Bury made one change to the team that drew with Rochdale as Andrew Tutte replaced Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who dropped down to the bench.
Brian Jensen was forced into making an early save from a Nathan Pond shot in the 7th minute from a Fleetwood corner. Josh Morris swung it to the back post where Pond met it with a header that Jensen palmed out and Bury eventually cleared.
The game then had a spell of the ball being played in the middle of the park continually and it wasn’t until the 24th minute that another chance was created. Tommy Miller took a quick free kick which found Danny Nardiello who unleashed a left footed drive that was saved down low by keeper Chris Maxwell.
It was Nardiello once again who was involved in the attacking phase by the Shakers as he got his head on the end of a Chris Sedgwick cross but the ball flashed wide of the goal.
David Flitcroft made his first change of the night when he made a tactical substitution by bringing on Tom Soares in the place of Jake Carroll.
Soares got straight into the action by making Chris Maxwell go full stretch to deny him a goal two minutes after coming on. Danny Mayor played him in with a clever reverse pass and it looked like his effort was curling into the far corner before Maxwell pushed it out for a corner. From the resulting corner, former Bury player Steven Schumacher cleared almost on the line from Pablo Mills’ header.
A minute after the Soares shot, Fleetwood scored the opening goal of the game through Antoni Sarcevic. Josh Morris took the ball down the left and played it across the face of goal for Sarcevic to tap in at the far post.
GOAL: Bury 0-1 Fleetwood Town (Antoni Sarcevic 40)
Bury couldn’t grab an equaliser in the remainder of the first - half but came out with all cylinders firing in the second - half and were back on level terms within two minutes. Danny Mayor produced a wonderful turn which completely bamboozled Steven Schumacher and whipped in a ball to the near post. Both Mark Roberts and Danny Nardiello attacked the ball and it looped off Roberts’ leg and over Maxwell to bring the score level.
GOAL: Bury 1-1 Fleetwood Town (Mark Roberts OG 47)
However the scoreline didn’t last long as Fleetwood took the lead eight minutes later following a lucky rebound. Schumacher was prevented by a great save by Brian Jensen but the ball fell luckily at the feet of Jamille Matt, who tapped in from six yards out.
GOAL: Bury 1-2 Fleetwood Town (Jamille Matt 55)
Anton Forrester came on in place of Platt, but was soon taken off and replaced by Akpa Akpro, after he fell on the end of a nasty challenge from Pond, the referee signalled to play the advance rather than stop for a free-kick which lead to a penalty when Alan Goodall brought down an advancing Danny Nardiello inside the Fleetwood box. Nardiello brushed himself off and slotted the penalty in the bottom corner to make it 2-2.
GOAL: Bury 2-2 Fleetwood Town (Danny Nardiello pen 60)
Akpa Akpro then showed great control to bring down a long ball from Brian Jensen and take it past Charlie Taylor to create a chance for himself but Chris Maxwell was quick to react and palmed the ball out for a corner.
Former Bury captain Steven Schumacher then dragged a shot wide in the 77th minute after dispossessing Pablo Mills. He drove into the area and got the ball on his left foot and, with a clear view of goal, dragged it wide, much to his frustration.
The final half chance of the game went Bury’s way. In the 89th minute Chris Sedgwick swung in a corner from the far side which evaded the boot of Pablo Mills by an inch and went out for a goal kick.
Five minutes added time was signalled at the end of the game but neither team could find a winner, but a point for the Shakers extended their unbeaten run at home to eleven games in all competitions.
Full – Time: Bury 2 – Fleetwood Town 2.