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Match Report : Wycombe and Bury Share The Spoils

Match Report : Wycombe and Bury Share The Spoils

The only two unbeaten sides in League-2 remained that way after a hard fought goalless draw at Gigg Lane.

After a game of few clear-cut chances, Bury stay at the top of the table and Wycombe in second place, with only goal difference separating the two sides.

Bury were the better side in the first half, laying siege to the Wycombe goal with a series of five corners in the first ten minutes. The Blues weathered the early storm and started to match their hosts for possession, but failed to create any notable goal threats of their own. The best effort of the half came from Bury after 35 minutes when a fierce Stephen Dawson 20 yard drive went just wide of the post.

The Wanderers improved in the second half and the game as a whole opened up more, really coming to life in the last half hour.

Blues' youngster Matty Phillips replaced Gavin Grant in the 56th minute

Andy Morrell should have put the Shakers ahead in the 58th minute when he found himself through on goal, but his chip shot was just too strong and cleared the crossbar.

Wycombe captain David McCracken then took centre stage.

Firstly, on the hour-mark he was involved in Wycombe's best passing move of the game, getting on the end of a Mousinho cross and nodding the ball neatly into the path of Chris Zebroski. The Striker's shot however, was weak and safely gathered by Bury keeper Wayne Brown.

Then, in the 63rd minute McCracken was at the centre of the game's biggest talking point. He met Mousinho's corner and headed downwards towards the goal. The Shakers' keeper appeared to fumble the ball and it seemed to have crossed the line before being cleared by Bury's Paul Scott. Wycombe Substitute Matt Harrold who was warming up near the the corner flag at the time, was animated in his belief that the ball had gone over. Even the home fans after the game were honest enough to concede that it looked like a goal should have been given.

Harrold replaced Scott McGleish in the 68th minute and ten minutes later a scramble in the Bury goalmouth finished with another shot from McCracken which was well saved by home keeper Brown.

Wanderers keeper Scott Shearer made two important saves at the end of last week's Dagenham game and he did the same thing again today. The big Scot pushed a Jones volley behind for a corner with seconds remaining. Immediately following the corner he smothered another Bury effort, to ensure the spoils were shared.

A victory for either side today would have been unfair on their opponents. The draw was a fair result on the balance of play.

Wycombe remain unbeaten in the League and can also proudly boast that they have yet to concede a goal on their travels so far this season.

A super start to the season, with the only doubt being whether we will score enough goals to keep it going.

Next Game for the Blues is at home to in-form Bournemouth.


Special Mention

Scott Shearer
Looking more comfortable every week.
Important late saves yet again.


Today's Man Of The Match

David McCracken
Solid in defence and making his presence felt up front.



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Writer:Len
Date:Saturday September 27 2008
Time: 8:47PM

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