No goals at Gigg Lane
Brentford started their npower League One season with a 0-0 draw against Bury at Gigg Lane.
The Bees started both halves well and had chances to score but the game was largely even and the hosts will feel they could have won it.
Neither goalkeeper was forced into anything spectacular and 0-0 was probably a fair reflection of the afternoon’s entertainment.
Brentford started positively and pushed the hosts back in the opening ten minutes.
Leon Legge had an early header blocked and Scott Barron brought a low save out of Trevor Carson as the early stages were played in Bury territory.
A low Sam Saunders free kick was blocked and Clayton Donaldson, who ran the channels to good effect early on, forced Carson in to a low save.
Bury came back in to the game and almost scored when Andrai Jones cut the ball back for Steven Schumacher to shoot from ten yards but Jonathan Douglas blocked and, after some pinball in the penalty area, Brentford cleared.
That was Bury’s best chance of the first period, and probably the best of the opening 45 for either team.
Brentford held the upper hand as the game moved towards the break and had more openings but couldn’t find a way through.
Saunders flicked a header wide and Tony Craig did likewise before Forshaw, who supplied a fine cross for Craig’s chance, forced Carson in to a low save.
Forshaw had another shot blocked and then raced in to his defensive zone to prevent a David Worrall shot troubling Simon Moore after Bury broke quickly.
Shaleum Logan shot wide for Brentford after breaking forward but The Bees almost went in behind when a Schumacher shot deflected off Harlee Dean and wrong-footed Moore but it rolled inches wide.
Brentford were the better team in the first half without being close to their best and they continued to hold the upper hand after the break.
They had early appeals for a penalty waved away by referee Carl Boyeson when Toumani Diagouraga went down and a Saunders free kick was blocked soon after.
The Bees certainly went up a gear after the break and dominated territory and possession in the early stages of the second half.
Harlee Dean looped a header in to the arms of Carson and Adam Lockwood made a vital clearance to prevent Legge scoring.
Bury offered little in the early stages of the second half – Saunders blocked a Worrall shot and Lateef Elford-Alliyu missed the target from 20 yards – but they almost edged ahead when Andy Bishop sprung Brentford’s offside trap, Moore had to be alert to rush out and clear.
Forshaw faded a shot wide for Brentford and substitute Farid El Alagui missed the target with a header as the visitors pressed.
But Bury improved as the half wore on and introduced Mark Curran to good effect.
Moore made a superb low save when a free kick from the right reached Curran at the far post and Craig made a vital tackle as the attacker prepared to shoot from ten yards.
Forshaw missed the target for Brentford and Douglas had a goal ruled out for offside against El Alagui as it became more likely there would be one goal at most in the game.
Bury almost got it when the ball ricocheted through from midfield and Bishop went clear but Dean got back to tackle and when Worrall went down as he tried to get to loose ball, Mr Boyeson waved penalty appeals away.
Curran volleyed over for Bury, who were starting to look the more likely to win, and Moore had to rush out and tackle Lenell John-Lewis 20 yards from goal to prevent the substitute going through to win the game.
The home side ended the stronger – Schumacher shot wide from distance – but Brentford almost won it at the death.
After some nice interplay on the edge of the box, Diagouraga slipped it through to Donaldson but the striker took a touch, narrowed his own angle and shot in to the side netting.
Hughes headed wide for the hosts in stoppage time but neither team could find the goal and the game ended 0-0.
Bury: Carson; Jones, Hughes, Lockwood, Skarz; Carrington, Schumacher, Sweeney; Worrall, Bishop (sub John-Lewis 83 mins), Elford-Alliyu (sub Curran 61 mins)
Subs (not used): Dibble, Picken, Jones, Marshall, John-Lewis, Harrop
Bookings: Lockwood (54 mins)
Brentford: Moore; Legge, Dean, Craig; Logan, Forshaw (sub O’Connor 73 mins), Douglas, Diagouraga, Barron (sub Fredricks 87 mins); Saunders (sub El Alagui 63 mins); Donaldson
Subs (not used): Gounet, Oyeleke, Forrester, Dallas
Attendance: 2,659 (432 Bees fans)