Bury 1 Northampton Town 1
by The Boy Holty
So Flicker's first game in charge ended in a draw against a fairly poor Cobblers team but there were plenty of positives to be taken.
The first half saw plenty of Bury posession and attacking football and based on that alone, we were deserving of being in the lead at half time. We had scored from a penalty after a Northanpton defender had had his arm wrapped round Craig Jones' neck in the box. Nardiello smashed home the spot kick and things were looking good. We only led for a few minutes before a free kick was expertly headed past Jensen by Dean Howell. It was farily typical of Bury to squander the lead so tamely and when Billy Edge gave away the most blatant of penalties, it looked like we'd go in to the break behind, but Chris Hackett demonstrated possibly the worst penalty ever seen at Gigg (Yes, even worse than some of Andy Bishop's later efforts), in the process adding a new dent in the roof of the Cemy End and that proved to be the last kick of the half.
The second half showed David Flitcroft the magnitude of the job he has at Bury as we reverted to form and completely failed to exert any presure. In fact it was Northampton who had the better chances with Brian Jensen pulling off a smart save from a close range one-on-one effort.
The BBC stats say that Northampton had 0 chances on target, and yet we drew 1-1, which just about sums up Bury this season.
Flitcroft has impressed hugely with his attitude and ideas since joining Bury. There's a new optimism about the place and I'm confident that he'll steer us away from danger this season before launching a promotion effort next season.