Bury and Rochdale shared the spoils in a feisty Greater Manchester derby between the two sides at Gigg Lane, with the game ending 0-0.
Both teams had chances that on another day could have made the score line very different, but in the end both teams will be happy with a point in a very even game.
Bury Manager David Flitcroft made a number of changes to the squad that drew against Wigan Athletic last weekend for a match that was possibly seen as the most important game of the season for the fans against fierce rivals Rochdale.
The biggest news was the return of star man Danny Mayor, who past a late fitness test. Reece Brown and Tom Pope were the other two changes coming in for the suspended Chris Hussey and loanee Lee Erwin. Danny Pugh was moved to left-back in the absence of Hussey.
The Shakers came out strong and had an early chance when Nathan Cameron headed an accurate Danny Pugh cross from the left just over the bar.
Bury carried on pushing and were the better footballing side throughout the early proceedings, but were unable to really penetrate a strong Dale defence – which included ex-Shakers captain Jim McNulty.
minute with a pin-point cross into the box, but Vincent could only hit it softly allowing Bury goalkeeper Rob Lainton to scoop it up with little effort.thAt the other end, Lewis Alessandra gave Dale midfielder Peter Vincent a great chance on the 12
minute after Danny Mayor glided into the box, and just before taking a shot he was brought down, the referee however waved away protests and gave the Shakers a corner.thThere were shouts for what could have been a penalty for Bury on the 17
minute when Leon Clarke did brilliantly to hold up the ball in the final third, pass it out to Danny Mayor who beat his man and found Tom Soares on the edge of the box, but the midfielders shot was headed away.thThe Shakers had a good chance on the 27
The game soon became a midfield battle, with very few chances being created for either side. Additionally, there were a number of tackles flying around which made the game ‘stop, start’, slowing down the tempo of the game.
minute with a number of shots being taken at close range by Leon Clarke and Nathan Cameron after a superb defence splitting cross by Joe Riley, however Rochdale keeper Josh Lillis made a number of top saves to deny Bury what should have been the opener..rdThe Shakers were unbelievably unlucky not to score on the 43
Three minutes of added time were given, Bury started pushing, but they were unable to break a resilient Rochdale defence. This meant the two sides went in at half-time tied at 0-0.
HALF-TIME: THE SHAKERS 0 – 0 ROCHDALE
The second half started as the first finished, with the Shakers looking the better side, but unable to get through the Rochdale back-line. This meant for a number of long distance shots for the Shakers, but nothing of note.
The Shakers carried on looking the stronger of the two sides, limiting Dales time on the ball to a bare minimum. That being said, Rochdale were trying to break this trend to get themselves into the game, but to no avail.
minute when Peter Vincent put a ball over the top of the Bury defence to the on-running Ian Henderson, but the winger was unable to do anything with it.rdRochdale had a chance on the 63
David Flitcroft made his first change of the match just after this chance with Jacob Mellis coming on for Craig Jones, meaning a slight change in shape for the Shakers.
Although the Shakers had a number of chances the game soon became an even affair. With both teams not really looking like scoring. David Flitcroft must have had this in mind when making his second substitution of the game with pacey winger Lee Erwin coming on for Tom Pope.
minute with Leon Clarke heading a cross goal wards from point blank range, however Josh Lillis pulled off a brilliant reaction save to deny him.stThe Shakers had a great chance on the 81
The game was played out as a high tempo, feisty affair with both teams looking to get the winner, but neither team really looking able to break the deadlock.
On the third minute of the four minutes added, the Shakers were given the chance to earn the bragging rights over their fierce rivals after being given a free-kick in a great position on the edge of the box. Joe Riley took the free-kick, but it was straight at the wall.
Not long after this free-kick, the whistle was blown giving both teams a share of the spoils in this feisty local derby.
FULL-TIME: THE SHAKERS 0 – 0 ROCHDALE
October, 7.45pm kick-off.thNext-up for the Shakers is a Tuesday night away trip to Bradford City in Sky Bet League One, on Tuesday 20
STARTING LINEUP:Rob Lainton, Joe Riley, Peter Clarke, Leon Clarke, Danny Mayor, Tom Pope(OFF – 74), Craig Jones (OFF – 66), Tom Soares, Danny Pugh, Nathan Cameron (c), Reece Brown.
BENCH:Jack Ruddy, Jacob Mellis (ON - 66), Chris Sedgwick, Lee Erwin (ON - 74), Scott Burgess, Anthony Dudley, Danny Rose
REFEREE:Mr A Woolmer (Northamptonshire).
ATTENDANCE:6,470 (1,572 Rochdale Fans).