Bury 2 Fleetwood 2
by The Boy Holty
Bury fought back twice from going behind to earn another highly creditable draw against a team that look too good for this league.
In the first half, Fleetwood played with pace and a tempo that Bury couldn't compete with. Their set piece routines (corners especially) were executed with such accuracy and skill that it was quite an achievement that it took the away side 40 minutes to score. Well score they did and the goal was a masterclass in pacey counter-attacking football that Fleetwood lookalikes Arsenal would have been proud of.
At half time we wondered what Bury could do to try and salvage something from the game and decided that it just wasn't going to happen. However we had a bit of luck at the start of the second half. Danny Mayor performed some brilliant trickery on the right wing and put a superb ball into the middle where it looked to me like their defender sliced it into his own goal, but the BBC seem convinced that it was Nardiello's goal. I'd have to see the replay to confirm.
After that we matched them and the game was on. Some defensive uncertainty let the away side in for a second goal but soon after, Nardiello was blatantly tripped in the area, even though he was running away from goal, and after Forrester was given some treatment for an injury picked up in the build-up, Nards beautifully placed the spot kick low to the keeper's left and we were level again.
Fleetwood looked like the early pace-setting got the better of them and they started to tire. Bury also started to turn the screw and we could have won it in the end.
All in all it was yet another gutsy performance, where the opposition's quality was matched by Bury's determination, organisation and some skill.
Even Tom Soares came on and did well.