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FULL-TIME: Bury 2 Fleetwood Town 2
BURY maintained their unbeaten home record under David Flitcroft after twice coming from behind against promotion hopefuls Fleetwood Town.
A second-half brace from Shakers’ top scorer Daniel Nardiello cancelled out breakaway goals from Antoni Sarcevic and Jamille Matt.
The resilient display made it eight games without defeat for Flitcroft’s side at the JD Stadium - a run that has included visits from five of League Two’s top-seven sides.
And a point against fifth-placed Fleetwood was enough to move Bury up a place to 19th.
There was little evidence of the drama to come in the opening half, however, as Bury got off to a lacklustre start.
Nardiello seized on an errant backpass in the first minute but no team-mate gambled to meet his low pass across the six-yard box.
And the Shakers quickly ceded control to Fleetwood.
Nathan Pond missed the pick of the visitors’ early chances, Brian Jensen getting down well at his back post to palm away the Fleetwood defender’s header from a Conor McLaughlin corner.
Nardiello had Bury’s first shot on target in the 25th minute, firing an angled snap-shot straight at visiting keeper Chris Maxwell from the left edge of the box.
But they continued to look nervous from set-pieces and Pond had another effort blocked by team-mate Jon Parkin following another Fleetwood corner.
The visitors finally broke through the Bury rearguard in the 41st minute, Sarcevic finishing off a flowing counter-attack, slotting a low Josh Morris cross through Jensen’s legs at the back post.
Flitcroft’s half-time team talk did the trick, however, as his side came out firing on all cylinders and equalised within two minutes of the restart.
Nardiello was the closest Bury player to a wicked low cross from the right from Mayor and the ball looped in at the near post.
The celebration of the Shakers striker made it look like Fleetwood defender Mark Roberts could have got the final touch but he was awarded his eighth goal in Bury colours.
Fleetwood replied within 10 minutes as a shot from Schumacher was blocked by Jensen and Matt put in the rebound.
The Cod Army’s advantage lasted all of five minutes as Nardiello picked himself up after being fouled by Alan Goodall in the box to slot the resulting penalty into the bottom right-hand corner.
Anton Forrester – a second-half substitute for Clive Platt – was injured in the build-up to the penalty and had to be replaced by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who had an early effort charged down by Maxwell.
Fleetwood continued to cause problems on the break as Bury pressed for a winner, Schumacher hooking a shot wide after riding a challenge from Frederic Veseli.
And Mayor almost won it late on with a fierce strike that Maxwell just managed to block at his near post.