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Town vs Bury Match Preview

20 April 2018

Marcus Braddock previews the visit of B

This weekend we take on relegated Bury at the Montgomery Waters Meadow. It's difficult not to feel for Shakers fans, they haven't seen their team win back-to-back league games all season. It's been worse for their away supporters who have only seen their team win on the road once in League One. Their recent form hasn't been great, in their last ten games they've drawn twice, won once and lost seven times but the silver lining is that they've scored five times in their last two games.

Top Scorers

Jermaine Beckford 8

George Miller 6

Neil Dans 4


Michael Smith 3

James Hanson 2

Greg Leigh 2

Harry Bunn 2

Clean Sheets

Five at home and two away. Last clean sheet: 13/02/18 Bury 0-0 Southend.


Bury score an average of .086 goals at home and .86 goals in away games.

The Shakers have conceded an average of 1.4 goals at home and 1.8 in away games.

Bury have failed to score in 55% of their away games and 43% of their home games.

They have conceded 24 goals in the second half of their away games and 14 in the first half.

Their worst period of away games is the final half an hour of the game, during which they have conceded nineteen with ten of those occurring in the last fifteen minutes

Their best periods of away games are either side of half time with five goals scored in the fifteen minutes before the break and five scored in the fifteen minutes directly after half time.

Referee - Eddie Ilderton from Tyne and Wear. Games this season: 27. Yellow cards: 76. Red cards: 7.

Assistants Ravel Cheosiaua and Anthony Da Costa.
Fourth official Richard Hulme.

Squad News

Bury top Scorer Jermaine Beckford is on the long term injury list and wont play again this season. Bury have several injuries, including ex-Town defender Joe Skarz.

We have Abu Ogogo and Junior Brown out for the season but Omar Beckles returns from suspension.


With so many games this season we looked a little leggy in our last couple and have struggled to score. The change to training this may well prove to be a wise move with the possibility of play-off games looming on the horizon. Obviously it's not impossible for us to go up automatically but it would take a mini collapse from one of the teams above us and I can’t see that happening. If that did happen, we would still need to find the net a little more frequently than of late. I think we can win this game although I can see Bury putting up some stiff resistance, especially as they've scored five in two games.



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