Match Preview


Tue 17 Jul 12

Shakers go into Saturday’s game still looking for their first win of the season with the mood in the camp best described as extremely frustrated.  Chances are not being taken, goals are not going in and as the old adage says – the table never lies.

Bury hot rock bottom on Tuesday evening with a 3-0 defeat at Tranmere.  A debatable penalty shook the lads; a second penalty virtually killed the game off and a third goal saw heads just drop.  In truth, Bury could have been two up at the break – Sodje’s header cleared off the line and a fine save from Owain Fon-Williams from a Marcus Marshall shot.  Other chances did come our way, but none were put away.

Anger and frustration is rife, and justifiably so.  It’s just not the Bury way.  Injuries are biting hard with the two David’s both missing in recent weeks – but there’s slightly better news on both.  Messers Healy & Worrall could both be involved on Saturday.

David Healy’s thigh strain is showing all the signs of being a thing of the past.  David Worrall was a late addition to the Shakers bench on Thursday evening against Manchester United in the Manchester Senior Cup – both are on contention for Saturday’s game with MK Dons.

The game also marks a first competitive return to Gigg Lane for Ryan Lowe.  His return is eagerly awaited by many.  Now camped at StadiumMK, Lowey will bring back many good memories and will remind many just what is missing from the Shakers game at the moment – goals.   So often mentioned on the scoresheet whilst a Shaker, Lowey has found the target just once since arriving at Milton Keynes.

Lowey will get the praise that’s fully deserved, a familiar and infectious face around Gigg Lane, but once he dons that MK Dons shirt then any form of friendship will vanish for 90 minutes.  Ryan Lowe is also the kind of player that should he score at Gigg Lane, will most definitely not celebrate.  Knowing Lowey, he’s turn and get back on with the game – it’s the mark of the man.

One of his biggest contributions to Gigg Lane was of course goals, but perhaps his best achievement at Gigg Lane came the day after Alan Knill left for Scunthorpe  A seven minute appearance in front of the Shakers Player video camera to plead for everyone to stick together, to get behind the lad’s and to get behind the club.  It’s just the type of spirit that is very much needed now.

Now the Shakers main goal threat is David Healy.  Hopefully his thigh strain has all but cleared up because the one thing we do need – and quickly – is goals.  The immediate target it not to be rooted on the bottom of the table, and then move onto the next game.

With a new manager imminent, it would be nice to see Peter Shirtliff take charge of his final game as caretaker with a win, let some luck go his way – just once…

Bury Football Club players will wear black armbands during this game with MK Dons as we pay our respects to Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone - the two police officers killed in Manchester earlier this week.

The Ref:  Saturdays referee is Mr. Mark Haywood from West Yorkshire.  So far this season, Mark has taken charge of three games and has thus far produced a total of seven yellow cards.  His red card has so far stayed in his pocket in his three previous games.


His last game was on Sat 08 Sep, when he took charge of the League Two game between Morecambe & Fleetwood. Fleetwood won the game 4-0 and six yellow cards were shown. Mark’s last visit to Gigg Lane was on 17 March hen Wycombe Wanderers took the points with a 4-1 victory - only one yellow card was shown.