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Bury Match Preview

21 November 2017

Marcus Braddock previews the trip to Gigg Lan

Bury are having a tough time at the moment which is difficult to square when you look at some of their better results this season. Admittedly wins are a little atypical but during late September and early October they beat Blackburn away in the Football League Trophy, beat Bradford at home in the league, held Charlton away and beat Oxford at home.  So it's clear that they are more than capable of hurting higher placed opposition but they've drifted more than a little of late and their best result since the start of the month was the Football League Trophy home win over the Stoke youth team. Along the way there have been some difficult to take moments that always seem to happen when you're at the wrong end of the table. But we were in a very similar position 12 months ago and we know that things can change very quickly.

Top scorer

Jermaine Beckford with eight goals in fifteen league games. Unfortunately Beckford was injured late last month and has yet to recover. Below him are midfielder Chris Maguire on two and a few players with one goal so far.

Goal Distribution

The first thing I noticed about the spread of Bury's goals is that there have been twelve goals scored in the last half hour of home games with half going in Bury's favour, the same can be said for the six goals in the final fifteen minutes. The Shakers weakest fifteen minutes of home games is the first with no goals scored and three conceded.


Bury have ten players tied on one assist each including manager Ryan Lowe.

Clean sheets

Three at home and two away.

Squad News

Bury will be without midfielder Neil Danns, top scorer Jermaine Beckford, defender Craig Jones, midfielder Stephen Dawson and goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

Town will be missing Abu Ogogo who starts a three game suspension and Junior Brown who is on the road to recovery.


Seb Stockridge from Tyne and Wear. Games this season:17.  Yellow Card average: 3.2. Red cards: 1 every 5.6 games (2 in 17 games).


I'm a little surprised to see Bury as far adrift as they are, they looked to have too much going for them at the start of the season when they won their season opener 1-0 at home to Walsall. But it just hasn't happened for them for some reason and recently things have gone from bad to worse with hard luck in the F.A. Cup and a hammering at home on Saturday. Is this the best time to play Bury? Or could it be the very worst with Bury beginning their fight back against the table topping surprise package? We've done and seen similar results in the past and I'm sure Paul Hurst will be guarding against any complacency. Form, however good or bad, is temporary and even with so many damaging injuries, Bury have more than enough to make it a very difficult Tuesday night.


Marcus Braddock

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Match Reports

Bury 1 Town 0

21 November 2017

Town beaten on the road by The Shakers

Town: Dean Henderson, Joe Riley, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler ©, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Carlton Morris (Arthur Gnahoua 79), Louis Dodds (Lenell John-Lewis 66), Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Stefan Payne
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Arthur Gnahoua, James Bolton, Lenell John-Lewis, Bryn Morris, Ebou Adams, Christos Shelis

Bury: Leonardo Fasan, Greg Leigh, Eoghan O’Connell, Phil Edwards, Josh Laurent, Mihai Dobre, Jay O’Shea, Nathan Cameron ©, Michael Smith (Callum Reilly 92), Rohan Ince, Harry Bunn (Chris Maguire 51)
Subs: Scott Moloney, Andrew Tutte, Chris Maguire, Nicky Ajose, Jordan Williams, Callum Reilly, Tom Aldred

Referee: Seb Stockbridge
Assistants: Lee Freeman and David Benton
Fourth Official: Barry Cropp

Attendance: 3055 (455)

Shrewsbury Town were made to rue Shaun Whalley’s missed penalty as they were beaten 1-0 by Bury. Whalley had a great chance to open the lead five minutes before the interval when Carlton Morris was brought down by the Bury goalkeeper, but Whalley’s penalty hit the post. Bury took full advantage as five minutes after half-time they produced a brilliantly worked team goal that was started and finished by Greg Leigh. Town pushed for an equaliser in the final 20 minutes, but Leonardo Fasan made a couple of good saves to keep Town at bay.

Team News:
Paul Hurst makes two changes from the side which beat Rotherham on Saturday and it leads to a change of formation. One change is enforced with Abu Ogogo picking up a red card last time out, Louis Dodds replaces him and moves into the number 10 position. Carlton Morris comes in for Alex Rodman, who doesn’t even make the 18, and that means that Stefan Payne moves out to the left with Morris leading the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

First Half:
Within the opening three minutes Town almost had their first sight of goal as Nolan, Riley, Morris and Whalley all got involved. Whalley played a neat one-two with Morris, but sadly Shaun’s touch let him down and the ball went behind for a goal kick.

Town looked at their best when they moved the ball quickly and some good link-up play between Whalley and Stefan Payne almost presented Town’s top scorer with a chance, but he went down under the tackle of Nathan Cameron inside the box and Referee Stockbridge waved away the Town appeals.

At the other end Bury looked dangerous on the break with two pacey wingers and 6ft 5inch Michael Smith to aim at upfront. A decent passage of play saw Greg Leigh deliver a wicked looking ball from the left-hand-side, which looked destined for the head of Smith, but Omar Beckles did enough to put him off and the ball ran away for a throw-in.

Smith was the obvious target with his height and he went close to opening the scoring midway through the first period when he got his head to an in swinging free kick, but it never looked like testing Dean Henderson’s goal.

It was a relatively even contest, but the home side were having more attempts at goal and Jay O’Shea almost opened the scoring when he let fly with a curling a dipping effort from 25 yards. Luckily for Town the ball didn’t dip enough and it went inches over the bar.

Town almost created their own downfall a minute later as Joe Riley gave the ball away in the right-back position and Michael Smith bore down on the Shrewsbury goal. He was one on one with Dean Henderson, but Henderson stood tall and threw out a right leg to divert Smith’s shot away from goal.

Shrewsbury hadn’t been at the best in the first-half, but they were presented with the perfect opportunity to take the lead five minutes before the interval when Carlton Morris latched onto Shaun Whalley’s through ball and he pushed the ball past Bury ‘keeper Leonardo Fason who brought Morris down. Whalley, Town’s regular penalty taker this season, took it, but his effort hit the post and Stefan Payne could only volley into the side netting on the rebound.

Half Time: 0-0

Second Half:
Bury had probably had the better of the first-half and they were the side that started brighter in the second 45 minutes. Romanian Winger Mihai Dobre was causing a few problems for Mat Sadler and he teed up Rohan Ince who shot well over from the edge of the box.

However, Bury would take the lead 10 minutes into the second half with a wonderfully well worked team goal. Greg Leigh picked the ball up in his own half and it was moved quickly by three or four players before finding its way back to Leigh who had ran the length of the pitch to get onto the final ball and he side footed his shot past the onrushing Dean Henderson.

Bury were now well and truly on top and they probably should have doubled their lead when Rohan Ince’s cute pass found Jay O’Shea in behind the Town defence, but O’Shea’s shot was straight at Henderson and Town were able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Paul Hurst’s pre-match changes hadn’t really worked and with 65 minutes gone Louis Dodds, who had struggled to get into the game, made way for former Bury favourite Lenell John-Lewis.

John-Lewis brought some added presence to the Town frontline and he played his part in Town’s best chance of the game as he cushioned a Mat Sadler cross into the path of Jon Nolan who unleashed a powerful right-footed shot, but Leonardo Fasan got down brilliantly to his right to keep out the shot and Stefan Payne was in an offside position when the ball rebounded to him.

Town were now the side pressing and Toto Nsiala came close to finding an equaliser when he brought down a Shaun Whalley free-kick away. He managed to get a shot away but Fasan was in the right place at the near post to turn it behind.
Shrewsbury continued to huff and puff in search of an equaliser and brought on Arthur Gnahoua with 10 minutes remaining in that pursuit, but it wasn’t to be as Bury saw the game out well.

Full-Time: 1-0

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Ticket News

Bury Ticket Details

19 November 2017

Ticket details for our trip to the Energy Check Stadium

Bury v Shrewsbury Town
Tuesday 21st November 2017 – kick-off 7:45pm
Energy Check Stadium
SKY Bet League One

Ticket prices have been confirmed for our Sky Bet League One trip to the Energy Check Stadium to take on Bury.

We have been sent an allocation of 500 tickets.

Tickets will be priced at -

Adults - £20
Concessions - £14
Under 23 - £14
Under 18 - £10
Under 12 - £5
Under 5 - Free (not available online)

Ambulant disabled - £14 - career free of charge if needed.  Relevant documnentation must be shown.  A blue badge will not be considered sufficent proof of disability for a ticket.

Tickets will go off sale on Tuesday 21st at 2pm.

Town fans can buy tickets on the night with no price increase.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:

  • In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office
  • By calling 01743 273943
  • Via our online ticketing site - click here

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