Rochdale 0 Bury 1

Rochdale looked better after a dismal first half, but when they did improve they fell to a fortuitous goal on 70 minutes from Colin Woodthorpe.

Woodthorpe seemed to handle the ball on his way through the penalty area, but he was not penalised and scored with a shot to the left of the goalkeeper.

Below par Rochdale did better after this and their somewhat inactive attack got plenty of chances, but good luck was not on thier side as subs Patrick McCourt and Paul Connor both made brave attempts to restore parity.

The formally subdued Dale attack gave the Shakers a bit of a pummelling late on, but goalie Glyn Garner made two or three good saves and Rochdale made it easy for him with some shooting hardly out of the top drawer