Huddersfield Town 1 Bury 1
by The Boy Holty
No-one really knew what to expect when Bury travelled to the Galpharm Stadium for the opening game of the season. Huddersfield, beaten play-off finalists have been roundly tipped to run away with this league and Bury have been similarly predicted to finish near the bottom of the table.
However, it was Bury who made the early running and when Mark Cullen raced onto a Cameron Belford kick out from goal, he was hacked down in the penalty area. All the Bury contingent and most of the Huddersfield folk agreed that it should have been a penalty and possibly a sending off but the referee didn't see anything in it and play resumed without incident.
Bury continued to make life difficult for the hosts but the home side's patience paid off following a slip from Mike Jones. Huddersfield brought the ball forward and a cross from the right was blasted home from close range by Town winger Gary Roberts in the 65th minute.
However, Bury haven't made in into league one by lying down and allowing bigger teams to shaft us and ten minutes later, Andy Bishop flicked the ball on for Ryan Lowe to hammer the equaliser home from a few yards out to send the travelling fans wild and to give the Shakers their reward.
In the end either team could have won the game with Cameron Belford pulling off a miracle save to avoid an own goal and Bury were excellent value for their draw.
Maybe it was a good time to play Huddersfield, before they get into their stride and start demolishing teams, as they undoubtedly will, but teams will underestimate Bury at their peril this season. Clearly the team spirit lives on and the fact that very few changes have been made, means that there has been little disruption to the side.
Its a great point to start the season with, and with Carlisle (beaten 3-0 at home to Notts) our next league opponents, we could well kick on from here. Of course, we need to make sure we don't underestimate Carlisle as they wil be smarting from that defeat and we're always vulnerable at Gigg. First, though, we play Coventry Cirt in the league cup and at just £10 to get in and over 500 away tickets sold already, Bury should expect a decent crowd and a good atmosphere.
Up the Shakers.