AFC Bury are fourth bottom of the Manchester League Premier Division after going down to a defeat which seemed unlikely on the balance of second-half play.

Fourth-top Stockport went ahead when Bury allowed a corner to drop in the box and, in the resulting scramble, the ball was poked home.

AFC hit back and equalised five minutes after the break, Mark Sandham running on to a through ball and slipping it past the advancing keeper.

The balance of play swung in Bury’s favour and they looked the more likely to grab the winner, but, from a breakaway, Stockport scored with their only chance of the second half when a header looped over goalkeeper Gavin Campbell, giving him no chance.

Bury are at home to leaders AVRO on Saturday.

The reserves won 5-1 at Breightmet United reserves with Oliver Clarke grabbing a hat-trick, and Tony Subachus and Callum Neville also on target.

The under-19s beat Trinity Youth FC 4-0 in the Tameside League with goals from Greg Wills, Ryan Moore, Callum Neville and Callam Fouracre.