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FULL-TIME: Scunthorpe United 2 Bury 2
BURY twice came from behind in the second half to claim a deserved point at League Two table-toppers Scunthorpe United.
On-loan striker Danny Rose was the hero, bending home the Shakers’ second equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time after Tom Soares had earlier cancelled out a Paddy Madden opener, only for Paul Hayes to put the Iron back in front.
The visitors had looked the more likely to score in the opening half as Hallam Hope rattled the crossbar before the break.
But the game turned on the hour when Chris Hussey was ordered to leave the pitch to receive treatment on an eye injury and Bury had to defend a corner with only 10 men.
The initial danger was half cleared but when the ball fell to Hakeed Adelakun on the corner of the box, Paddy Madden reacted quickest to redirect his shot past stranded Bury keeper Brian Jensen.
Tom Soares briefly equalised seven minutes later, heading home his third goal in as many games from an Andrew Tutte free kick.
But the home side were awarded a penalty on 79 minutes when makeshift left-back Danny Mayor, filling in for Hussey, was harshly judged to have brought down winger Terry Hawkridge and although Jensen saved Hayes’ spot kick, the Iron substitute slammed home the rebound.
Madden, for Scunthorpe, and Andy Procter, for Bury, had good efforts on goal, Madden dragging an angled drive past the far post before Iron stopper Sam Slocombe tipped Procter's shot behind.
It looked like that was how it would stay until Rose made full use of the six minutes of added time, popping up in the box to seize on Clive Platt's knockdown before curling the ball into the bottom corner.
Despite the late equaliser, the draw was enough to put Scunthorpe on top of the table and left Bury in 11th, eight points off the play-offs with four games remaining.