NEVER-SAY-DIE BURY HOLD ON

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

L EE Clark was con­tent that his Bury side came away from their derby bat­tle with a fair point at Old­ham.

Bury en­joyed the bet­ter of the first half and went close at the death through Ge­orge Miller, who forced a save from home goal­keeper Con­nor Ri­p­ley.

Aaron Amadi Hol­loway went clos­est for the hosts in the 64th minute when his close-range header hit the base of the post from an Ai­den O’Neill cross.

In the end, both sides had to set­tle for a point, leav­ing the pair pre­car­i­ously placed just out­side the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“It was a tough lo­cal derby and not played on the best of sur­faces, but if you can’t win you’ve got to re­spect the point,” said Clark.

“We played well in the first half and then Old­ham made tac­ti­cal changes which put us un­der pres­sure, but we fin­ished the game strongly.

“We had chances early and late in the game, which shows that the lads were never go­ing to give up.

“We didn’t take them, but I never crit­i­cise play­ers for miss­ing chances be­cause it means they are get­ting into the dan­ger zone.

“In re­cent games we’ve played a lot of good football, but here showed we can mix it up and do things the hard way.”

Tay­lor Moore hit the side-net­ting from an acute an­gle early on and as Bury pressed Ryan Lowe went down in the box un­chal­lenged when well-placed to shoot at goal.

Paul Cad­dis’ shot de­flected off the back of home skip­per Peter Clarke and looped over the top and from the re­sult­ing cor­ner Cameron Burgess flicked at it from in­side the six­yard box with Ri­p­ley div­ing on top of the ball.

Old­ham fought back well in a derby game played out on a poor, mud-laden pitch. Home for­ward Tope Obadeyi hit a shot that de­flected over the bar and Amadi-Hol­loway then went close to break­ing the dead­lock.

Bury striker James Vaughan al­most cre­ated a win­ner when nick­ing pos­ses­sion from An­thony Ger­rard, but Shak­ers sub­sti­tute Miller’s low ef­fort from on the penalty spot was saved by the legs of Ri­p­ley.

“Bury were the bet­ter team in the first half and we were on top in the sec­ond half. It was a typ­i­cal derby,” said Old­ham boss John Sheri­dan.

“Both teams knew the im­por­tance of not los­ing the game. While we are at home and I ex­pect us to win our home games, we just didn’t get go­ing in the first half and Bury made it hard for us.

“Credit to the play­ers again, we have got an­other clean sheet. The prob­lem is, scor­ing goals.

“We don’t pick the right pass at times and peo­ple don’t make the right runs.

“Now is a must-win for me against Ox­ford on Tues­day, whereas if we had won this I would have taken a draw.”

PIC­TURES: Mark Do­herty/ProS­ports

STAR MAN RYAN MCLAUGH­LIN Old­ham TUS­SLE: Bury’s Greg Leigh stretches to con­trol the ball un­der pres­sure from Paul Green and, in­set, James Vaughan and Ryan McLaugh­lin chase the ball in the Old­ham penalty box

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