Agony for Dereham after injury-time drama
- Credit: Ian Burt
Dereham were denied a vital win in a game which featured two injury-time goals and saw both teams finish with 10 men.
Joe Gatting thought he'd won it for the Magpies when he scored in time added on to make it 3-2, only for the hosts to grab an equaliser in the final minute.
Bury were reduced to 10 men as early as the 17th minute when Ryan Horne was dismissed for a second yellow after a foul on Danny Beaumont.
Dereham soon lost Adam Hipperson to injury with Karol Wengrizk joining the action.
Bury's Cemal Ramadan hit a powerful long-range effort that Elliot Pride was happy to tip over, but he was in the right place to put Bury ahead in the 32nd minute, poking home Jake Chambers-Shaw's low cross across the six yard-box.
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Pride then made an important full-length save from Ryan Jollard's free-kick as half-time approached while Seamus Kelleher tested Bury goalkeeper Luis Tibbles early in the second half with a right-foot curler.
Wengrizk was upended by Tibbles in the 63rd minute as he looked to net from close range and the youngster showed great composure to get up and coolly beat the keeper from the penalty spot to level the game.
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Five minutes later it was the turn of Dereham to lose a player when Tom McLeish was given a second yellow card.
Dereham took the lead in the 71st minute when Ollie Ebbage rose superbly to head home Beaumont's corner, but Bury levelled immediately through Jake Kerins.
Gatting was then denied when Tibbles made a great close-range save but then put Dereham ahead in the 94th minute. It looked to be the winner but in the final minute of added time Ramadan scrambled home the equaliser following a corner.
Dereham: Pride, Johnson, McLeish, Hinton, Ebbage, Frary, Kelleher (Murphy 75), Hipperson (Wengrizk 24), Gatting, Crisp, Beaumont. Subs not used: Tinkler, Forshaw.
Ref: G Marasca