An exciting derby saw Oldham come from two goals behind to snatch a point at The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.
The Shakers were dominant throughout, but were left frustrated by the visitors who scored late in both halves to snatch a point.
First Half: The Shakers dominated the early exchanges, with Johny Placide being the difference as he was equal to a 12-yard strike from Harry Bunn, as well as a brilliant Jay O’Shea attempt.
‘Derby Day’ was off to a perfect start for The Shakers, as a tremendous Jay O’Shea goal put them ahead inside the first quarter of an hour. A well-hit volley from the edge of the area flew past Haitian international Johny Placide, who was unable to get down quick enough at his near post as Bury took a well-deserved lead.
Ryan Lowe’s side kept pushing their Greater Manchester neighbours, with Zeli Ismail’s creativity proving too much for Oldham’s defence, unfortunately a couple of brilliant balls into the box were just too far in front of Middlesbrough loanee George Miller.
The Shakers doubled their lead just after the half hour mark, and deservedly so, as Neil Danns charged forward with the ball, before his effort from outside the box took a huge deflection, sending the ball looping over a helpless Placide.
It could have been three moments later, and two for Jay O’Shea, as the midfielder craftily worked his way in from the left, but his effort was just wide of the far post.
Oldham got themselves back in the game just before half time, completely against the run of play, as Nazon managed to get forward on the break, and his deflected ball found Craig Davies, who had the easiest of finishes as he found himself with an open goal 6 yards out.
Second Half: Despite seeing less of the ball in the opening exchanges of the second period, Bury were still in control, Harry Bunn had a brilliant chance to restore Bury’s two goal cushion, after cutting in onto his right, he took the ball central, but dragged his effort just wide of Placide’s right-hand post.
Another Bury attack fashioned another chance, this time for full back Greg Leigh, he was on the end of an exceptional ball into the box from Harry Bunn, but his header was straight at Placide in the Oldham goal.
Substitute Andrew Tutte had a chance to make it three, after some brilliant play from Harry Bunn on the left-hand side, he pulled the ball back to the midfielder who saw his effort blocked as Oldham battled to stay in the game.
Oldham got themselves on level terms late on in the second half, through a fantastic strike from Ben Pringle, he found Ripley’s bottom left-hand corner from the opposite side of the box.
The Bury response was brilliant, with a Jay O’Shea free kick needing a strong fist from Placide to get the cross away from danger. The hosts crafted some brilliant chances in the closing 10 minutes, the first coming as the in-form George Miller managed to round Placide, but he could only find the side netting from a tight angle.
Hanson was the next to go close, only just off the bench, he was picked out in the middle by Phil Edwards, but his header was wide of the post.
The Shakers’ search for a winner continued in the four minutes added on, Neil Danns came the closest from a corner, as his header was cleared on the line as both sides had to settle for a share of the points.
Oldham will certainly be the happier of the two teams, with it looking like Ryan Lowe’s side would take all three points throughout the match, as Oldham chances were rare to come by over the 90 minutes, with Connor Ripley barely having to make a save.
Bury: Connor Ripley, Greg Leigh, Adam Thompson, Phil Edwards, Zeli Ismail (James Hanson 74’), George Miller, Jay O’Shea, Nathan Cameron, Rohan Ince (Andrew Tutte 62’), Neil Danns ( C ), Harry Bunn (Danny Mayor 81’)
Unused Subs: Joe Murphy (GK), Craig Jones, Stephen Dawson, Callum Styles
Oldham: Johny Placide, Cameron Dummigan, Wilfred Moimbe, Anthony Gerrard (Brian Wilson 38’), Dan Gardner, Craig Davies (Aaron Holloway 56’), Duckens Nazon (Eoin Doyle 56’), Ben Pringle, Ousmane Fane, Jack Byrne, Kean Bryan
Unused Subs: Zeus De La Paz (GK), Ryan McLaughlin, Patrick McEleney, Rob Hunt