MATCHDAY LIVE: Bury 1 Walsall 1
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F/T: Bury 1 Walsall 1
86 – Sub – Mark Carrington on for Peter Sweeney
81 – Sub - Craig Jones on for Poleon
79 – Poleon booked for kicking the ball away
76 – Efe Sodje misses a free header at the back post, but knew little about it as he was unsighted as the driven Schumacher corner came off him.
74 – Troy Hewitt heads a Schumacher free-kick across goal but Adam Lockwood just fails to get on the end of it to force the ball home.
71 – Hopper bursts into the box and goes down as the ball is played into his feet, but the referee rules that his momentum, rather than a foul, takes him over.
66 – Walsall sub - George Bowerman on for James Baxendale
64 - Sub – Troy Hewitt on for David Healy
52 – Tom Hopper strikes the far post with a shot from inside the Walsall box. The 18-year-old received the ball from David Healy with his back to goal, but turned sharply to hit it back across the keeper with his left foot.
48 – Jamie Paterson has the first effort on target of the second half, his right foot shot hitting Carson on the chest, before the Bury keeper plucks a longer range effort from Florent Cuvelier out of the air.
K/O: Bury kick off the second half with both sides unchanged...
H/T: Bury 1 Walsall 1
45 – Grof pokes out a leg to turn a Tom Hopper shot out for a corner. The on-loan Leicester striker, who has not had one of his better matches, controlled a Worrall cross from the right and swiveled to shoot low to the keeper’s left.
37 – Andy Butler makes a theatrical headed clearance off the line to deny Poleon his second of the day. The winger curled an effort over Grof after being teed up by David Worrall following a sweeping move across the park, but the covering Walsall captain dives to clear his looping goal-bound shot.
33 – Referee allows play to go on after an obvious handball by a Walsall defender, but David Healy sends his 20-yard shot wide.
27 – Grof makes a flying save to tip Schumacher’s driven 30-yard free-kick around the post.
Bury continue to look shaky at the heart of their defence, but Walsall have not been able to put them under serious pressure.
It looks like Walsall are being forced into an early switch, with James Chambers coming on for left-back Andy Taylor.
12 – Nicky Featherstone puts Carson in trouble with a stinging shot that the former Sunderland stopper can only parry. A combination of Lockwood and Sodje clear the danger, but the centre-back pairing are looking anything but assured.
11 – GOAL – BURY 1 Walsall 1 – Dominic Poleon bags his second goal in four games after joining Bury on loan from Leeds. After a bright start in the match, the 19-year-old forward shows more fleet of foot in the box to create space for a curling effort that he bent round the dive of Grof and into the bottom corner.
7 – GOAL – Bury 0 Walsall 1 – Will Grigg charges down a clearance from Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson and pokes home after getting to the loose ball quickest. Carson had been put into trouble by a poor back-pass from Efe Sodje but should still have done better.
6 – Healy tests Grof after more good work from Poleon on the left – the winger then failed to hit the target with the follow-up.
1 – Walsall keeper David Grof palms away left-footed shot by Steven Schumacher after a strong run from Dominic Poleon .
K/O: Bury get the game under way...
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BURY (4-4-2): Carson; Doherty, Sodje, Lockwood, Skarz; Worrall, Sweeney, Schumacher, Poleon; Healy, Hopper.
Subs: C Jones, Marshall, Carrington, Hughes, Hewitt, A Jones, Belford.
WALSALL (4-1-3-1-1): Grof; Taundry, Butler, Downing, Taylor; Featherstone; Baxendale, Chambers, Paterson; Cuvelier; Grigg.
Subs: Hemmings, Brandy, Purkiss, J Jones, Bowerman, J Chambers, Roberts.
Referee: Mark Heywood
Kevin Blackwell has been forced into making one change from the starting 11 that notched up Bury's first win of the season in midweek.
Andy Bishop makes way up front after failing to shake off a foot injury, with David Healy replacing him alongside Tom Hopper in attack.
Andrai Jones steps up to take Healy's seat on the bench after dropping out of the first-team squad following Blackwell's arrival as manager.
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