Bury 1 - 1 Leyton Orient
npower League 1
ORIENT had to settle for a point at Bury on Saturday after having their first half lead wiped out after the break.
Matthew Spring's 27th minute curler had the O's on course for a fifth win in six away matches, but Bury fought back well in the second period to claim a share of the spoils.
The Londoners will feel that they should have made more of a dominant first half and they were punished by substitute Lateef Elford-Alliyu midway through the second period.
His equaliser meant Orient failed to take full advantage of a lead for the second week in a row, but at least they had the consolation of a point to fall back on this time around.
Russell Slade decided to freshen up his side by making three changes, moving Dean Leacock into midfield and handing Marek Štěch his debut, with the West Ham loanee becoming the fourth specialist goalkeeper to be used by the O's this term.
It was the visitors who had the first sight of goal, as Ryan Dickson drilled comfortably wide of the target from 25 yards after charging up the left flank to be fed by Dean Cox.
Ben Chorley made a good block to deny Lenell John-Lewis inside the area on 20 minutes, but Orient gradually began to take control and put the home side under pressure.
Jonathan Téhoué and Kevin Lisbie were full of running up front, harrying the Shakers' defenders and it was that type of pressure that led to Mark Carrington giving the ball away to Spring in the 23rd minute in midfield.
The O's skipper passed to Cox, who shot for goal but Trevor Carson was able to make the catch.
A minute later Téhoué got the better of veteran centre back Efe Sodje on the edge of the box and he shot powerfully, but just off target.
Orient were getting closer and their goal duly arrived in the 27th minute when Ryan Dickson spotted Spring in space on the edge of the area and launched his throw in towards the midfielder.
Spring took one touch to get the ball out of his feet and the second was exquisite as he curled the ball beyond Carson's reach and into the top right corner.
The O's continued to press and really should have extended their lead before the break with Téhoué twice going close.
Firstly he glanced a header wide of the near post after Cox crossed from the right, and then he passed up a great opportunity when he raced onto Sodje's woefully underhit backpass, but was unable to beat Carson, who stood up well to block with his chest.
Lisbie had the ball in the net five minutes after the restart, but his celebrations were cut shot by an offside flag after he strayed beyond the last defender to reach Jimmy Smith's nod back.
Bury then introduced David Worrall from the bench as they looked to change the flow of the game and his first touch was an attempt on goal as he fired over from the edge of the box.
Andy Bishop wasted an inviting opportunity for a leveller on the hour when he headed tamely at Štěch following a Steven Schumacher cross.
The home side were improving in a far more even second period and it was the introduction of their second substitute, Elford-Alliyu, then led to their equaliser.
He had only been on the pitch for four minutes when he chose his moment to pounce, prodding home from close range as Bury broke following an O's corner and Worrall got to the by-line to cut back for his fellow sub.
The game had a real open feel to it after the break as Bury fought back from their poor first half impressively, but it was the O's who had the best chance to win it when Smith got up to meet a Spring cross on 83, but he couldn't keep the header down.
With that chance missed, both teams had to settle for a point that keeps them firmly in mid-table.
Bury: Carson; Hughes, Sodje, Eastham, Skarz; Schumacher, Carrington, Sweeney; Amoo (Worrall 56), Bishop, John-Lewis (Elford-Alliyu 64)
Subs: Picken, Branagan, Harrop
Goal: Elford-Alliyu 68
Leyton Orient: Štěch; Forbes, Chorley, Cuthbert, Dickson; Smith, Leacock, Spring, Cox; Lisbie, Téhoué (Porter 74)
Subs: McSweeney, Laird, Taiwo, Mooney
Goal: Spring 27
Referee: Bobby Madley
Attendance: 2,807 (270 away)