Shakers take a point and keep a clean sheet with a 0-0 draw at Oldham
Both sides settled for a point apiece in the Greater Manchester derby, as it finished goalless.
A penalty shout for a challenge on Ryan Lowe was the major talking point in the first half, but referee Darren Bond waved away the appeals.
The Latics had the better of the chances in the second half but to no avail, despite an early opportunity after the interval for Ollie Banks which bounced off the midfielder and dropped inches wide of the target.
Bury boss Lee Clark made two changes to his team selection with Antony Kay returning from suspension, and Lowe stepping up from the substitute bench and replacing Tom Beadling and Tom Pope.
Both sides attempted to get a real footing in the game in a slow opening ten minutes. Taylor Moore came the closest to scoring for either side, his back-post volley found the side netting after a Greg Leigh cross from the opposite flank.
On 16 minutes, Lowe began the Shakers attack from an Oldham corner; an intricate one-two with Jacob Mellis allowed Lowe to run through on goal before the Liverpudlian went down under the challenge of the defender, but the referee opted to award a free kick for the home side.
The Shakers continued to mount the pressure on their local rivals: Paul Caddis’ shot from 25 yards out deflected off Peter Clarke and dipped just over the crossbar. One minute later, Leon Barnett’s far post header to Cameron Burgess landed at the feet of the Bury loanee, but could not divert the ball past Connor Ripley from close range.
A tricky pitch at SportsDirect.com Park played a big part as Lowe could only fashion a tame effort on goal after a messy spell in the middle of the park, his shot was saved down low.
Banks came close to finding the target within two minutes of the second half as Burgess’ clearance hit the Oldham midfielder and just wide of the target.
Moment later at the other end, Lowe tried his luck with a cheeky chip past Ripley but was unable to find the target.
Kean Bryan returned for the Shakers for the first time since October, replacing Mellis after he picked up a knock. The substitution allowed a change to a 4-1-2-1-2 formation, with captain Antony Kay playing just in front of the back four.
The home side came very close to taking the lead on 64 minutes as Aaron Amadi-Holloway’s goal bound header was cleared off the line and away from danger by Burgess.
With 76 minutes played, the hosts’ free kick in a dangerous position just yards from the penalty box was blocked, before a speculative effort from former Shaker Tope Obadeyi flew high over the crossbar.
George Miller was presented with a wonderful chance to find the winner on the 90th minute after James Vaughan won the ball off the Oldham defence. However, Miller rushed his shot inside the penalty area and it was well saved by the feet of Ripley.
Next up for the Shakers is a home game against Bristol Rovers this Tuesday as they hope to get back to winning ways.
Attendance: 5,776 (including 1,388 travelling supporters)
Oldham Athletic starting line-up: Ripley, Reckord, Gerrard, Clarke, McLaughlin, Green, O’Neill (Flynn 80), Banks, Taylor, Holloway, Obadeyi
Unused subs: Kettings, Law, Edmundson, Osei, Erwin, Fane
Bury starting line-up: Murphy, Moore, C. Burgess, Kay, Barnett, Leigh, Styles (Tutte 45), Caddis, Mellis (Bryan 60), Vaughan, Lowe (G. Miller 67)
Unused subs: Pope, Lainton, Hope, Pennant