CHARLTON’s return to League One got off to a poor start as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at BURY.
Neil Danns broke the deadlock with a 71st-minute penalty before substitute Kelvin Etuhu struck on 87 minutes to seal Bury’s first opening-day win in eight years.
Charlton are second favourites for the title after being relegated from the Championship but the hosts were on top for most of the contest, with Jacob Mellis and Tom Soares going close early on.
The Addicks replied with Bury’s former promotion winner Nicky Ajose seeing a low strike parried by Ben Williams, one of five debutants for the Shakers.
Mellis and Tom Pope then tried their luck from long range before Charlton started the second half brightly, Ricky Holmes firing against Williams’ near post from a tight angle.
But Bury regrouped and sub Danny Mayor saw a header tipped over by Declan Rudd, and from the resulting corner, Jason Pearce pulled back centre-half Nathan Cameron.
Danns had the penalty-taking responsibility after signing on a two-year deal from Bolton this summer and the 33-year-old midfielder stepped up to drill the spot-kick into the bottom corner.
Pope then headed down a corner by Zeli Ismail, whose introduction with Mayor helped Bury clinch victory, and Etuhu was on hand to bundle in the Shakers’ second.
Bury: Williams 7, Jones 7, Kay 7, Cameron 8, Leigh 7, Danns 7, Soares 7, Mellis 7 (Etuhu 74, 7), Clark 5 (Ismail 57, 7), Pope 7, Hope 6 (Mayor 57, 7). Subs: Brown, Dudley, Tutte, Rachubka.
Attendance: 4,037 (1,015 away).