Shakers claim a fourth clean sheet on the bounce
The Shakers held promotion-chasing Fleetwood Town to a 0-0 draw at Gigg Lane, leaving Lee Clark’s men a point closer to securing League One status next season.
An even 90 minutes meant there was little to complain about the scoreline for either set of supporters in an otherwise entertaining performance.
Cameron Burgess missed out due to international duty, Andrew Tutte fell victim to an injury and Ryan Lowe was dropped to the bench. Callum Styles, Kean Bryan and Tom Pope returned to start for the Shakers.
Referee Kevin Friend waved away early penalty appeals in the opening exchanges as Jacob Mellis went down under the challenge from Cian Bolger inside the penalty box.
On 10 minutes, the Shakers had their best chance to find an early goal. Tom Pope broke free down the right wing after being played through by Mellis, but Pope’s low cross into the box was failed to direct the ball goalwards by the lethal James Vaughan.
Bobby Grant pounced on the opportunity to start a counter attack for the away side, leaving Lee Clark’s side on the backfoot, but a lively Greg Leigh was quick to sprint back and help his defensive teammates to make a successful sliding tackle and deny the Fleetwood attack.
Ashley Eastham’s weak pass across goal offered Vaughan an opening to find the first goal of the game, until Alex Cairns rushed out to thwart Vaughan’s shot from finding the target.
Two minutes later, Cameron Brannagan received the ball inside the penalty box following a cross from the right flank, however, Leon Barnett intervened to steal the ball off the Fleetwood midfielder’s foot in an important patch of the pitch.
Kyle Dempsey came very close to taking the visitors into the break one goal up. His unexpected driven shot beat Joe Murphy, although the ball could only find the left-hand post. The ball then bounced back out, and with no Fleetwood players following up on the rebound the first half came to a close.
A whipped in free kick from substitute Jermaine Pennant on the 59th minute found Vaughan ready to cease the opportunity in front of goal, yet Vaughan’s leap off the ground gained too much power on his header, and the ball flew high over the crossbar.
Both sides had used all their substitutions by the 73rd minute as they went in search for the winning goal in a very even game.
Leigh offered an inch perfect cross from the left wing on 78 minutes as he found Pennant breathing down at the back post, but he was unable to outjump his marker and the danger was cleared.
Ashley Hunter opened the Bury defence with a one-two down the right for the away side, the attack, however, resulted in Hunter’s shot striking just wide of the target.
The Shakers were not short of energy even in the three minutes of additional time, Leon Barnett went for glory from distance but fired miles over the crossbar.
Next up for Lee Clark’s men is Oxford United on Tuesday evening at the Kassam Stadium, as they search for an important three points.
Attendance: 4,174 (572 travelling supporters)
Bury starting line-up: Murphy, Moore (Pennant 52), Barnett, Bryan, Kay, Leigh, Styles, Caddis, Mellis, Pope (Hope 72), Vaughan (G. Miller 60)
Unused subs: Lainton, S. Burgess, Lowe, Beadling
Fleetwood Town starting line-up: Cairns, Ekpolo, B. Davies (J. Davis 21), Bolger, Eastham, Bell, Brannagan (Hunter 64), Dempsey, Schwabl (Glendon 73), Grant, Ball
Unused subs: Urwin, Pond, Nirennold, Woolford