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Report: Bradford City 1 Bury 1

31 December 2016

The Shakers ended the year with their second point this week as they held out for a 1-1 draw at Valley Parade.

Scott Burgess’ lob over Colin Doyle on the 39th minute gave the Shakers a 1-0 lead at the break.

Bradford bounced back with a goal on 52 minutes as Nicky Law converted from a rebound to give both sides a point heading into the new year.

Chris Brass stayed loyal to his side that picked up a point at Fleetwood on Boxing Day, with no changes to the team selection.

The hosts started the first half the brightest as a low shot from Mark Marshall towards Rob Lainton’s front post was well met by the Shakers’ goalkeeper after just eight minutes played.

With the Shakers shaping up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, they were patient with their build-up play and pressed the home side high up the pitch early on at Valley Parade.

On 26 minutes, Lainton was called into action again with a brilliant save to deny Bradford’s target man James Hanson and keep the score level.

Daniel Devine continued the pressure on the Shakers’ goal with a long-range effort which dipped over the crossbar without too much trouble.

The home side had a fantastic opportunity to find the opening goal after a dangerous cross from the left flank found Jordy Hiwula, but a scramble inside the box led to Greg Leigh’s vital clearance.

Moments later the Shakers were on the front foot. Tom Pope’s ball to Burgess sent the young 19-year-old through on goal before lobbing over the onrushing Colin Doyle, and into the empty net to send the travelling supporters in happy at half time with a 1-0 lead.

Seven minutes into the second half, Burgess found himself on the end of another accurate ball from Pope, the goalscorer volleyed the ball goalwards but it was well saved by Doyle. 

A sudden counter attack from the Bantams led to Hiwula striking a shot towards goal, saved by Lainton, but the rebound was slotted into the net by Law for the equaliser.

Law had a great chance to find the lead for the Bantams eight minutes later, Devine’s cross to Hanson was headed down into the path of Law but he smashed the ball inches wide of the mark.

Chris Brass opted for fresh legs with two changes either side of the 68th minute as James Vaughan and Jacob Mellis replaced Burgess and George Miller.

Mark Marshall delivered a low testing cross behind the Bury defence on 70 minutes, the lack of support going forward meant there was no attacker to connect with the cross, and the danger was put on hold as Leigh passed the ball out for a corner.

With minutes remaining in normal time, substitute Marc McNulty was presented with a golden chance to find the winner for the home side. However, McNulty miskicked the ball from inside the penalty area and it was easy for Lainton to save.

Next up for the Shakers is promotion chasing Sheffield United on Monday at Gigg Lane as they continue to search for a win.

Attendance: 18,012 (442 travelling supporters)

Bradford City starting line-up: Doyle, McMahon, Vincelot, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Law, Cullen, Devine (Dieng 73), Marshall (Vuckic 82), Hiwula (McNulty 73), Hanson

Unused subs: Sattelmaier, Darby, Meredith, McArdle

Bury starting line-up: Lainton, Soares, Kay, Bedeau, Leigh, Burgess (Mellis 68), Etuhu, Styles, Hope, Pope, Miller (Vaughan 67)

Unused subs: Williams, Dudley, Walker, Cooney

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