Both sides had their chances in this game which wasn't pretty, especially in the first half, thanks to the poor quality of the Gigg Lane pitch which was slippery and dew sodden.

There were chances, however, and the first 45 minutes saw David Borley's free kick go wide, Michael Nelson struck the bar and Gareth Seddon made Martyn Margetson produce a great save as the otherwise poor Shakers contained the Town threat which was limited to breaks by Leon Knight and Chris Hay.

Chris Hay had a decent first half - he was narrowly thwarted by Steve Redmond when through on goal and who also tried a Beckham-esque chip from the half way line after seeing Paddy Kenny off his line.

Kenny Irons looked like he could make a difference but his promptings were either wayward or not backed up by his team-mates.

Both sides were booed off at half time, the Town players were on the receiving of end of some particularly sarcastic clapping from the Shakers' fans.

The second half picked up the pace considerably and Leon Knight signalled Town's early intentions as he bore down on goal just a couple of minutes after the restart.

Buey's offside trap was history and a goal from Knight seemed a formality until the ball took a nasty bobble on the playing surface and was skied over the bar.

Knight was very dangerous after the break, forcing Michael Nelson into a couple of early saving tackles, one of which attracted a booking from the referee for shirt pulling.

Knight was as dangerous as Jon Newby who had Margetson flapping as both players went for the ball.

Newby was a handful all night, even after Bury had gone down to 10 men in the 78th minute after Jamie Stuart had gone in from behind on Leon Knight with a recklessly late tackle under the nose of the referee.

Stuart's tackle followed a similarly late challenge when George Clegg took out Nathan Clarke just a couple of minutes earlier in the match and, although Stuart was immediately sent off, the Town players were incensed.

With Bury down to 10 men, the Terriers should have attacked and swamped the Shakers but, instead, they maintained the flat back four to look after Jon Newby and didn't commit themselves to all out attack despite Chris Hay occasionally popping up around the box when the ball was nearby.

The Terriers seemed to lack ideas in the last few minutes as Bury settled for the point and shut up shop with the help of Paddy Kenny who marshalled his defence well.

There was still time for Newby to beat Adrian Moses in the last 5 minutes and put a quick square ball across the face of goal but there was nobody there to convert the pass and Clyde Wijnhard tried an ambitious overhead kick just before full time was up but missed the ball and found himself flagged for offside.

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Bury (5-3-2): Kenny, Swailes, Unsworth, Billy (Connell 10), Seddon, Redmond, Borley (Clegg 50), Jarrett, Nelson, Newby, Stuart
Subs not used: Collins, Preece, Lawson
Booked: Jarrett, Nelson
Sent Off: Stuart 78

Town (4-4-2): Margetson, Evans, Irons, Gray, Hay, Holland, Schofield (Wijnhard 71), Moses, Knight, Booth, Clarke
Subs not used: Armstrong, Heary, Macari, P. Senior
Booked: Moses

Referee: Brian Curson (Hinckley)

Attendance: 3462 (1078 Town fans)

Match points are on subsequent pages.