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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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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 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39