Hallam FC 0 – 0 Bury AFC
This Emirates FA Cup first preliminary round saw the second oldest club in the world take on one of the youngest clubs, as Hallam FC took on the newly-formed Bury AFC. Bury AFC were, of course, formed out of the ashes of Bury FC who were controversially expelled from the football league in 2019. Bury AFC have inherited many of the old Bury FC's support, and as a result there was a bumper crowd in excess of 1100 inside Sandygate for this cup tie, with Bury bringing with them over 300 travelling supporters, who were in fine voice throughout the game.
The match began lively enough, with a Liam Royles corner causing consternation in the Bury box. Two minutes later, Richard Patterson and a Bury player found themselves in the referee's book after a difference of opinion that saw both of them take a tumble onto the hallowed Sandygate turf.
On the 18th minute, Hallam thought they had taken the lead when James Gregory found the back of the Bury net. However a late wave of the flag by the linesman meant that it was ruled off-side. Less than ten minutes later, Hallam once again found the back of the net, only to be denied by the linesman's flag, much to the distress of the home fans.
Both teams were giving a good account of themselves without finding that final killer blow in the final third of the pitch. However on the 44th minute, Hallam supporters breathed a sigh of relief when a Bury header bounced away off the Hallam crossbar.
Half time, and nothing but the linesman's flag and the thickness of the paint on the crossbar separated the two teams. 0-0
The second half was even cagier than the first, with both teams struggling to find a way to dissect the opposition's defence. A flurry of substitutions followed, as both managers attempted to win this chess game of a football match by injecting fresh legs into the fray. However it was not to be, and the crowd were destined to see that most rare of beasts at Sandygate – the goalless drawn.
Both teams put up a great fight and clearly had the determination to win the game, but there was nothing to separate them, and so FA Cup glory must wait for whoever emerges victorious from the replay at Bury.