Oldham Athletic came from two goals down to draw away from home against local rivals Bury courtesy of a late goal from midfielder Ben Pringle.

Manager Richie Wellens named an unchanged squad from the win over Scunthorpe United last week.

That meant a place on the bench for goalscorers Patrick McEleney and Eoin Doyle who were continue to recover from their injuries and illnesses.

Latics were poor in the opening stages, with Johny Placide needed on several occasions to stop Bury from taking the lead, first when he denied O’Shea before then tippping Harry Bunn’s attempt over the bar.

Wilfried Moimbe went into the referee’s notebook for a late challenge on Zeli Ismail on 10 minutes, however, minutes later, Athletic had their first chance of the game.

Jack Byrne released Duckens Nazon who managed to skip past his man but the striker fired his effort wide of Connor Ripley’s goal.

Moments later, Jay O’Shea put Bury ahead inside the first quarter of an hour. A well-hit volley from the edge of the area flew past Haitian international Johny Placide, who was unable to get down quick enough at his near post as Bury took a well-deserved lead (1-0).

It would take until 34 minutes until Bury doubled their lead through Danns.

The midfielder received the ball on the edge of the box and struck, with the aid of a deflection, into the far corner to extend Bury’s lead (2-0).

Latics struggled to get a foothold in the game and they were dealt a further blow as Anthony Gerrard was forced off with an injury on 38 minutes and was replaced by Brian Wilson.

It looked like Oldham would trail by two goals at the break, but they were given a lifeline when Davies pulled a goal back on 42 minutes.

Good work from Duckens Nazon saw him work his way into the box, before the ball eventually fell to Davies, who slotted into an empty net (2-1).

Half Time – Bury (O’Shea 14′) (Danns 34′) 2-1 Oldham Athletic (Davies 42′)

Despite seeing less of the ball in the opening exchanges of the second period, Bury were still in control, Harry Bunn had a brilliant chance to restore Bury’s two goal cushion, after cutting in onto his right, he took the ball central, but dragged his effort just wide of Placide’s right-hand post.

Latics manager Richie Wellens then turned to his main man to try and rescue Oldham, as Eoin Doyle came on after 56 minutes, with Aaron Holloway also entering the action while Davies and Nazon went off.

A cross from Moimbe presented Doyle with a headed opportunity on the hour mark but he nodded over.

Latics were the better of the two sides but needed to make chances pay to equalise.

Doyle almost back heeled the ball into the path of Byrne on 76 minutes which would have presented him with a golden effort to score but it was just cleared in front of him.

Oldham continued to create chances as the half went on, and they got the equaliser on 77 minutes when Pringle found the net.

He managed to get on the end of a pass from Doyle, before firing the ball past Connor Ripley and into the bottom corner (2-2).

The Bury response was quick, with a Jay O’Shea free kick needing a strong fist from Placide to get the cross away from danger. The hosts crafted some brilliant chances in the closing 10 minutes, the first coming as the in-form George Miller managed to round Placide, but he could only find the side netting from a tight angle.

Deep in added on time, Bury thought they had won the game as a corner into the box was headed goalwards but Moimbe cleared off the line to ensure the points were shared.

Full Time – Bury (O’Shea 14’, Danns 34’) 2-2 Oldham Athletic (Davies 42’, Pringle 77’)

Bury – Ripley, Leigh, Thompson, Edwards, Ismail (74’), Miller, O’Shea, Cameron, Ince (63’), Danns, Bunn (81’).

Subs – Murphy, Jones, Dawson, Styles, Tutte (63′), Mayor (81′), Hanson (74′)

Oldham Athletic –  Placide, Dummigan, Gerrard (38’), Bryan, Moimbe, Fane, Gardner, Pringle, Byrne, Davies (56’), Nazon (56’).

Subs – De La Paz, Hunt, McLaughlin, McEleney, Wilson (38′), Holloway (56′), Doyle (56′)

Attendance: 5,904 (2,707 visiting supporters)

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