Bury 3 Huddersfield 3
BRILLANT Bury came back from three goals down to rescue a point against the League One promotion chasers.
Asthley Eastam grabbed the injury-time leveller for Richie Barker’s men after the Terriers had swaggered to into the lead with three goals in nine first-half minutes.
Sean Morrison put Town ahead after the Shakers failed to clear Danny Ward’s 21st-minute corner.
Four minutes later Jordan Rhodes was celebrating his 31st goal of the season when he was given a free header to convert Ward’s left-wing cross.
Bury left-back Joe Skarz made a brilliant tackle to prevent Lee Novak getting his shot away in the 29th minute, but the loose ball fell to Rhodes who rifled the ball home with his left foot from 18 yards.
It then looked like an afternoon of damage limitation for Richie Barker’s men, but they were given a glimmer of hope on 32 minutes when captain Steven Schumacher’s 30-yard free kick appeared to be deflected past Alex Smithies off the Huddersfield wall.
Bury’s new American striker Mike Grella came agonisingly close to pulling another one back on 35 minutes with a late run into the box to meet Peter Sweeney’s right-wing free kick before planting the ball narrowly past Smithies’ post.
Barker sacrificed holding midfielder Mark Carrington for David Amoo at the interval and the Liverpool loanee almost grabbed Bury’s second when he robbed Antony Kay in the Town penalty area before latching on to the loose ball and shooting from a tight angle for Smithies to save in the 52nd minute.
Bury got a further lifeline when Amoo made a brilliant run down the right before squaring for Lenell John-Lewis to sweeping the ball home with 20 minutes remaining as the League One promotion-chasers looked nervy at the back.
Ashley Eastham should have levelled with five minutes to play when Sweeney’s cross found him unmarked at the back post, but his header went wide of the target.
But he atoned a minute into injury time when he rifled the ball home from a Sweeney corner, to send the faithful wild.