BURY AFC took their latest major step with their first competitive game on Saturday – but came up short as they bowed out of the FA Vase.

West Didsbury and Chorlton ran out 2-1 winners on home soil as both sides ended a competitive clash with 10 men.

Greg Daniels will go down in the record books as the scorer of the phoenix club’s first competitive goal but his late penalty proved to be simply a consolation for Andy Welsh’s side.

The hosts, of the North West Counties First Division South, broke the deadlock when Sam Heathcote headed home 10 minutes before the interval.

Bury’s task was made all the more difficult seven minutes into the second half when Mitch Bryant was sent off but things were levelled up just after the our as Billy Matthews was dismissed for West.

The visitors pressed for a leveller but went further behind in the first minute of stoppage time, Benjamin Elliot scoring with Bury’s goalkeeper Ed Wilczynski having been at the other end of the field chasing an equaliser.

Daniels then converted from the spot shortly after on a day where the result was only part of the story.

Bury are scheduled to begin in their inaugural season in the North West Counties First Division North at home to Steeton on October 3.

Elsewhere in the FA Vase, Prestwich Heys also went out 5-4 on penalties at Penistone Church after a 2-2 draw in normal time.