The Shakers were unlucky to come away with nothing after dominating for most of the match, only for Scunthorpe United to win 2-1 with a goal on the 86th minute.
A dominant defeat could be one way to describe the match after the Shakers had plenty of chances, as well as having a goalkeeper in Daniel Bachmann who was in top form, however it was not enough to get the three points.
Scunthorpe opened up the scoring after Luke Williams was brought down by Kelvin Etuhu and was converted coolly by Paddy Madden.
The second half saw a rejuvenated Bury side come flying out of the traps and 5 minutes into the half the Shakers finally broke past a resilient Scunthorpe defence when Joe Riley’s cross landed with Leon Clarke who buried it past the irons keeper Daniels.
Daniel Bachmann put in a man of the match performance to keep out the Scunthorpe counter attacks. But Bury did continue to threaten with chances falling to Leon Clarke who found an inspired Luke Daniels in between the sticks to keep out his shot.
Luke Williams scored a fantastic free kick 5 minutes from time ensure the Iron took the 3 points back to North Lincolnshire and denied Bury a share in the spoils.
David Flitcroft made 3 changes to his bury side coming into the game. With Kelvin Etuhu and Craig Jones both making a return to the starting line-up after injuries, with Danny Rose replacing Tom Pope in attack. Danny Mayor missed out due to a bug, with Tom Soares also unable to play.
Joe Dodoo was the first player to come close to breaking the deadlock after a scrappy start to the game, his drive was parried away by Scunthorpe keeper Luke Daniels.
Then on 11 minutes some patient play by Scunthorpe was rewarded when Luke Williams broke through the Bury defence and was brought down by a defender, the penalty was coolly put away by striker Paddy Madden sending Daniel Bachmann the wrong way.
The next fifteen minutes saw a great spell for Bury as they pushed for an equaliser creating some great opportunities that on another day would have resulted in a goal.
The first of these chances came on the 17th minute after a mistake from Scunny defender David Mirfin, Leon Clarke did well to play it into the path of winger Joe Dodoo and after some neat footwork his shot was parried away by the Scunny keeper.
Moments after, a great cross from Danny Rose found its way into Leon Clarke who directed his shot just wide of the mark after the talismanic striker got himself into a great position.
Danny Rose showed why David Flitcroft put him back in the side after showing some great determination to get the ball. His running payed off and his shot came back out off the post.
Daniel Bachmann was called into action just after the half hour mark after an interception from Paddy Madden started a Scunthorpe counter attack and Bachmann produced a fantastic save at the near post after Paddy Madden drove into the Bury box.
The next big moment in the game came just before half time when an acrobatic pass by Danny Rose found its way to Leon Clarke who came forward, but his shot was saved well by former West Brom keeper Luke Daniels. Then in added time the ball fell to Danny Pugh 25 yards out who hit a ferocious drive towards goal which went just wide.
The first chance of the second half fell to the Shakers after some neat football, Danny Rose latched onto a Joe Riley cross, but his header was saved by Daniels.
Bury finally scored past a resilient Scunthorpe defence after some neat play from Joe Dodoo freed up Joe Riley who whipped in a fantastic ball which found Leon Clarke on the edge of the six yard box who slammed the ball in the back of the net.
Daniel Bachmann produced not one but two world class saves on 55 minutes first he made a great reaction save to keep out the Scunthorpe attacker then moments later leapt to the top right corner of his goal and pushed the ball out to safety.
Again the Bury defence were called into action after a counter attack from Scunthorpe, Luke Williams bombed forward and picked out veteran striker Darius Henderson, but Captain Nathan Cameron made a perfectly timed sliding challenge to clear the ball away.
With every attack Scunny had in the second half they found Bachmann in the way. Tommy Rowe weaved in and out of the Bury defence and released a fierce drive at goal, but Bachmann again proved to be the thorn in Scunthorpe’s side producing another brilliant save to parry the ball away.
On 70 minutes a great challenge by Kelvin Etuhu regained possession and he played in a great ball to Leon Clarke who went through on goal but his shot was saved well by Daniels and went a whisker wide.
Bachmann was yet again called into action on the 78th minute as again a tricky Luke Williams worked his way into the box but his shot was straight at Bachmann who produced yet another tremendous save.
5 minutes from time Danny Pugh brought down Luke Williams who took the free kick himself from 25 yards out and he curled it up and over the wall brilliantly leaving Bachmann stranded as the ball dropped into the bottom right corner. A moment of class by the Scunthorpe player but harsh on the Shakers overall second half performance.
The Shakers pushed for an equaliser, but it never came and the whistle soon blew for full-time.
The match report is by The Football College at Bury FC student Andrew Gate.