Blackpool 12 Bury 13

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As the old adage goes, this was definitely a game of two halves.

In the first half, Blackpool didn't really compete but they came back strong in the second.

After a tight opening Blackpool nearly scored when Jack Riley Matadigo was brought down within the Bury five metre area, spilling the ball forward in the process. Three minutes later Bury opened the scoring with a converted break away try.

Just before half time Bury struck again with a penalty.

Blackpool coach Phil Raw obviously had some harsh words to say to his side in the break as they came back out with all guns firing.

They battered the Bury defence but could not penetrate it even though they were camped for much of the half inside the Bury 22 metre area.

Riley Matadigo broke for the line and was awarded a penalty for his efforts. Scrum half Raw took a quick tap and went for the Bury line only to be stopped five metres short.

They kept up the pressure but during one of Bury's few attacks they scored from a penalty.

Blackpool did not give up and hooker Chris Parlour crossed the try line but the ball was adjudged to have been held up, resulting in a five metre scrum. Blackpool eventually breached the Bury defence in the 40th minute when substitute Ross Sindell went in at the corner after some deft backs play.

He took the conversion himself but missed.

Blackpool threw everything at the Bury defence and were rewarded in the fifth minute of added time when centre Tom Sumner burst through from his own half and went over near the posts.

Sindell took the conversion to make the score 12-13. With time running out, Blackpool strived to score the winning points but were unable to do so.

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