Shakers held in stalemate

Shirtliff took control at Gigg Lane following Richie Barker’s

departure to Crawley, but could not inspire his side to victory in

their npower League One opener.

Chances were at a minimum during the first half, although Sam

Saunders came close with an improvised header from Shaleum Logan’s

cross and Shakers goalkeeper Trevor Carson also needed his wits

about him to save an Adam Forshaw shot.

Bury rarely threatened, but David Worrall saw a stinging effort

blocked by Scott Barron before a wildly-deflected Steve Schumacher

shot crept narrowly wide.

Brentford made all the early running after the break and Adam

Lockwood produced a timely interception to deny Leon Legge a chance

at point-blank range.

Substitute Mark Cullen blazed a good chance wide for Bury and

Worrall had a strong penalty appeal denied following a challenge

from Harlee Dean inside the box before Clayton Donaldson wasted a

glorious chance in injury time, firing into the side-netting when

clean through.