Date: 17th April 2006 at 5:21pm
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Mark Wright’s winning streak came to an end as Chester City played out a goalless draw at Gigg Lane on Easter Monday, but it was enough to ensure the Blues recorded another vital survival point.

The Blues had won the previous five games in a row to catapult themselves away from the danger zone and now with 53 points on the table, Mark Wright must surely be reflecting on another rescue mission accomplished for The Blues to ensure the club are playing their football in Coca-Cola Football League Two for another season.

Despite the sparse scorleine, there was plenty of entertainment but both sides struggled where it mattered most – in the final third of the field.

Bury started the keener of the two sides with several attacking moves in the opening stages. John Daly was looking lively up front for the Shakers, rifling a shot just wide of the left hand upright after receiving a free kick. He was judged to have been offside but the gauntlet was down.

Brian Barry-Murphy fired in a long range effort for the home side on 11 minutes, his 30 yard shot from the centre of play only just rasping over the crossbar as Bury took the game to Chester.

Moments later a cross in from Carl Regan found Derek Asamoah who fired in an impressive bicycle kick, only to see it well saved by Casper Schmeichel, son of Peter, who hadn’t been tested up to this point.

The hosts won a corner in the 16th minute which Ian Ross played to the back of the box. It was missed narrowly by several Bury players before Carl Regan managed to clear it away from danger.

In a rare City attack, Derek Asamoah showed some silky dribbling skills down the right hand side before firing a cross into the area on 27 minutes. It was half cleared by Bury but then fell to Stewart Drummond who fired a shot in on goal, albeit an off-target one.

The home side won another corner in the 33rd minute which Ross chipped towards the back of the six yard box. No-one from either side could bring it under control though and with a glancing header it went behind for a goal kick.

Ben Davies conceded a free kick in the 37th minute in the right hand channel. It was played in towards the penalty spot where marc Pugh was allowed an alarming free shot at goal. To the delight of the Blues fans behind the goal, he managed so slice the ball skywards over the bar when it looked easier to score.

Just before half time Bury had another corner which was played high through the 18 yard box. Jon Daly again in space fired in an accurate shot on goal but Carl Regan once again made a great interception to keep the scoreline level at half-time.

Into the second half then and it was City with a half chance on 50 minutes when Gregg Blundell was set clear on a run down the left hand channel courtesy of a neat ball forwards from Stewart Drummond. Blundell decided to go it alone but managed to find the side netting with a diagonal shot from 15 yards out.

In a relatively quieter half than the first, Bury still had the edge but were continually being caught offside in the final third.

Chester won a corner in the 67th minute which Ben Davies played to the far post. It was met by Dave Artell with a close range header but he was off target and the ball went behind for a goal kick. Another corner for Ciy on 83 minutes was played too close to the keeper who simply plucked the ball out of the air.

Chester were finally making some headway towards the Bury goal, and there was a great chance for the opener in the 86th minute from an Abdou El-Kholti cross in from the left hand channel. It was flicked on by Ben Davies but was just out of reach of both Asamoah and Tait who were racing into the goalmouth to get on the end of it.

Bury : Schmeichel, Fitzgerald, Challinor, Woodthorpe, Flitcroft, Mattis, Barry-Murphy, Daly, Brass, Pugh, Ross. Subs: Kennedy, Youngs, Tipton, Parrish, Speight.

Chester City : MacKenzie, Regan, Dimech, Artell, Curtis, Drummond, Davies, Hessey, Asamoah, Edwards, Blundell. Subs: Harrison, Rutherford, Vaughan, Tait, El-Kholti

Attendance : 3421