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11:04 8th August 2011


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Lucas Lee

Lee Clark's Huddersfield Town team recorded a draw on the opening day of the npower 2011/12 League 1 season against newly promoted Bury.

Town started the game shakily but soon found their stride with Donal McDermott and Oscar Gobern influencing the play regularly. The Terriers opener came following the introduction of Lee Novak when he squared for Gary Roberts to finish at the back post.

Town looked to be heading for victory, however, were undone when Ryan Lowe turned his marker and finished well from six yards.

Lee Clark handed debuts to four of his summer signings this afternoon in a team that also saw the return of Danny Ward.

Calum Woods, Oscar Gobern, Anton Robinson and Donal McDermott all started and although the line-up suggested the team would start in a 4-2-3-1 formation, fronted by Jordan Rhodes, Clark's starting choice was 4-4-2 - with Ward playing just off Jordan.

Clark's bench also included two of his summer signings, both Liam Cooper and Tommy Miller featured along with Alan Lee, Lee Novak and Nick Colgan.

Bury kicked off the game shooting towards Ian Bennett in the Fantastic Family Stand. Within a minute the Shakers had attempted to test Benno; their captain Steven Schumacher fired high and wide from 30 yards.

Following a confident start by Bury the Terriers won their first corner of the game in the sixth minute courtesy of good work from Gary Roberts. From the resulting corner Oscar Gobern went close to opening his Town account but was muscled out of the action by the strong Bury defence.

Town were almost caught out in the eighth minute when a miss-control from Antony Kay allowed Ryan Lowe to play in Mark Cullen. Cullen had a clear sight of goal on his left foot but his effort was blocked by a brilliant sliding tackle by Calum Woods.

Referee Scott was then the subject of a chorus of boos from the away end when he turned down an appeal for a penalty in the 11th minute when Cullen went down under a challenge from Peter Clarke.

SUB - Richard Barker made his first change of the game in the 24th minute when Andy Bishop replaced Mark Cullen. The on loan Tigers striker started the game well but looked to have picked up an injury during a tackle with Peter Clarke.

BOOKING - Former Terrier Efe Sodje was booked in the 25th minute for a blatant tug on the back of Danny Ward's shirt.

Town's trio of attacking midfielders were starting to have an ever increasing presence on the game. Donal McDermott especially was showing some neat touches whereas Danny Ward was frightening the Bury defence with his pace and power.

A piece of indecision by Calum Woods in the 29th minute allowed David Worrall the opportunity to bare down on Town's goal. The left-winger cut the ball back when he reached the edge of the area to the waiting Andy Bishop whose scuffed shot went straight down Ian Bennett's throat.

SUB - Lee Clark made his first change of the game in the 29th minute. New signing Anton Robinson looked to have picked up a slight hamstring injury and was replaced by Tommy Miller.

BOOKING - Gary Roberts was the first Town player to enter the referee's book following his scissor tackle on Ryan Lowe in the 34th minute.

A fortunate pass by Jordan Rhodes' knee in the 45th minute allowed McDermott an opportunity to test the Bury backline with a cross. The Irishman only had one target to aim for in the box and very narrowly missed the outstretched leg of Danny Ward at the back stick.


Town returned to the field with no changes shooting towards the Fantastic Family Stand, The Shakers also had made no changes to their eleven during the half-time interval.

The second-half started evenly, however, neither side were creating any clear cut chances.

SUB - Lee Clark made his second change of the game in the 52nd minute when Lee Novak took the place of Donal McDermott. Clark's substitution meant a change in formation for the Terriers with Lee Novak partnering Rhodes in attack and Ward and Roberts dropping out on to the wings.

Novak's introduction into the game did seem to add some much needed impetus into Town's play. They began passing the ball slicker and quicker but still were finding it difficult to break down a resolute Bury defence.

GOAL - Town opened the scoring in the 66th minute courtesy of a brilliant assist by Lee Novak and a tidy finish at the back stick by Gary Roberts. Jordan Rhodes started the move in the centre circle after stealing the ball from the Shakers' Captain Steven Schumacher. Rhodes immediately released Novak down the right who made a dash for the by-line before squaring the ball brilliantly for Roberts to slot home at the back-stick.

Bury responded well to their set-back and were quickly putting the Terriers back line under pressure. In the 70th minute Mike Jones attempted to test Bennett from range but instead put his 25 yard effort into the away section of fans.

Town had a scare in the 75th minute when Peter Clarke was forced to clear off the line from David Worral. The winger was played in by Ryan Lowe and calmly rounded Bennett before attempting to fire home from a narrow angle. Worral's effort was on target buy thankfully for Town, Captain Clarke scrambled back onto the line and cleared the danger.

GOAL - Bury equalised in the 77th minute through last year's League 2 Player of the Year, Ryan Lowe. Lowe received the ball from a long throw from the right hand side and turned Antony Kay with ease before firing home from six yards out.

BOOKING - Peter Sweeney received a caution in the 78th minute following a piece of dissent towards referee Scott.

An extraordinary piece of 'keeping by Cameron Belford in the 89th minute saved Bury from going behind. A good move by Town in the middle of midfield resulted in Rhodes squaring the ball to Woods down the right-hand side. The former Pars right-back hit a low cross first time, which deflected off the outstretched leg of Mark Hughes towards the Shakers goal. The ball looked goal bound but was somehow saved by a brilliant reaction save by Belford.

SUBS - Richard Barker made two changes in injury time with Michael Jones and Ryan Lowe leaving the field from Damien Mozika and Andy Haworth.


Town's starting line-up (4-4-2):

Ian Bennett; Gary Naysmith, Peter Clarke, Antony Kay, Calum Woods; Oscar Gobern, Anton Robinson (Tommy Miller 29); Donal McDermott (Lee Novak 52), Gary Roberts; Danny Ward, Jordan Rhodes

Unused subs:Nick Colgan, Liam Cooper, Alan Lee


Town: Roberts 34,

Bury: Sodje 25, Sweeney 78,

Gate: 13,873 (Attendance 12,053)

Away: 1,366

    Data provided by Press Association


    Town was the first club to win three successive league titles in 1926. Only Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have matched this feat.