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Gigg Lane (ATT 2,303) 4th February 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Bury Bury vs Oxford United Oxford Utd

Bury 1

C Jones (56)

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Oxford Utd 1

J Ruffels (58)

Ruffels denies Shakers victory

Last Updated: 04/02/14 11:19pm

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Josh Ruffels: Equalised for Oxford

Josh Ruffels: Equalised for Oxford

Josh Ruffels scored his first senior goal to hand third-placed Oxford a 1-1 draw at Bury in League Two.

Craig Jones broke the deadlock in the 56th minute only for Ruffels to equalise two minutes later before the two sides settled for a hard- fought point.

Bury started brightly as Andrew Tutte burst down the right and crossed for Anton Forrester, who mistimed his header to make it an easy save for keeper Ryan Clarke.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro then tested Clarke while Forrester fired over from 20 yards.

Oxford replied with Danny Rose blazing over from Deane Smalley's cut- back before Tom Newey's long-range strike kept Bury keeper Brian Jensen alert.

But Bury's positive start to the second half was rewarded when Chris Sedgwick's cross was spilled by Clarke and Jones, who played the initial ball wide, fired into the open goal.

Oxford hit straight back as midfielder Ruffels, 20, headed home at the back post from Rose's corner. They then brought on ex-Premier League strikers David Connolly and Dave Kitson in a bid to claim all three points.

But Bury went closest to winning it as Clarke blocked substitute Danny Nardiello's close-range effort before having to punch away Tutte's dipping strike.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 10 22
2 Wycombe Wanderers 10 21
3 Bury 10 20
4 Southend United 10 20
5 Northampton Town 10 17
6 Morecambe 10 16
7 Shrewsbury Town 10 15
8 Portsmouth 10 15
9 Cheltenham Town 10 15
10 Luton Town 10 15
11 Mansfield Town 10 15
12 AFC Wimbledon 10 14
13 Stevenage 10 14
14 Plymouth Argyle 10 13
15 Newport County AFC 10 13
16 Accrington Stanley 10 13
17 Exeter City 10 12
18 Cambridge United 10 11
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 10 11
20 Tranmere Rovers 10 9
21 York City 10 9
22 Hartlepool United 10 8
23 Oxford United 10 7
24 Carlisle United 10 6