Preston North End 1 Bury 1
by The Boy Holty
Were Bury lucky to snatch a draw with a 92nd minute equaliser? Were we unlucky not to be ahead before that? Its hard to say but whatever you say about this game, Bury were excellent from start to finish and thoroughly deserved at least a point.
Bury lined up with Cregg, Coke and Carrington in the centre of midfield - hardly a first choice selection but between them they did a very good job.
In the first half, Bury had most of the possession without creating any clear cut chances. The increasingly frustrating David Amoo got clear at one point and when he only needed to square the ball for Bishop to score an easy opener, he blasted the ball high and wide, miles over Bishop's head and out for a throw. Quite what he had in mind is anyone's guess.
In the second half Bury were fantastic and we actually created on or two openings, the best chance falling to Bishop who's close range header was sensationally saved by Preston's man of the match Stuckmann. It was incredibly cruel on Bury when on-loan Arsenal midfielder Chuks Aneke had a shot which took a wicked deflection off Sodje and rolled into the bottom corner. Bury however, stuck to their task and when Amoo's shot hit the crossbar, Elford-Alliyu ("Pan"), was quickest to react and his shot nestled into the bottom corner to give the Shakers a well deserved draw.
Richie Barker was rightly proud of his players and they left the field to rapturous applause from the 1200+ away following. Its a testament to the team effort that we are disappointed to only have drawn. If we can reproduce this kind of effort and commitment even only once or twice before the end of the season, then we'll be coming here again next year.
Its been a few years since we've been to Deepdale and it really is quite a fantastic stadium. Watching Bury here over the years we've sat (or stood) on all four sides of the ground, which has to be a fairly unique stat. Lovely weather for it too.