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Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon

5 February 2018

Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game against AFC Wimbledon...

Tuesday evening’s game against AFC Wimbledon will be a case of second time lucky after the scheduled game on 9th December was postponed.

At the time, we were in the midst of a poor run of form, so playing the extra game now could be a blessing in disguise.

The Shakers have picked up 4 points out of a possible 6 since the new management team of Ryan Lowe, Ryan Kidd and Steven Schumacher were given the reigns.  A superb win at Oxford United was followed up with a home draw against Blackpool, which extends Lowey’s unbeaten run in charge to 3 games, when including the win over Shrewsbury during his spell as Caretaker Manager earlier in the season.

The games against Oxford and Blackpool saw the team come from behind on both occasions, something that shows the team is not prepared to give up easily.  Young forward George Miller had a reputation as a super-sub when he made the step up from the Youth Team last season.  He scored 8 goals in the 2016/17 season, 7 of which were after coming off the bench, and that trend has continued this season, scoring the equalising goal in both games since returning to the Club on loan from Middlesbrough.

Bury will head into this game having not faced the London side yet this season, but Ryan Lowe knows not to take them lightly “We’ve had someone there today (at Rotherham where Wimbledon lost 2-0) it’s not going to be easy, we know what they’re about.  They’ve got some good physical players and they’re going to come here and wanna put it right.  There’s gonna be a team standing in the way and it’s gonna be us”.

Prior to Saturday’s defeat, The Dons hadn’t lost in the League since Boxing Day, picking up 3 wins and a draw from their 4 games.  Overall this season, Wimbledon have lost 10 of their 18 away games in all competitions, drawing 4 and winning 4.

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Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Tuesday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.
We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial.
There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.

Tuesday’s referee is Robert Jones.

This will be Robert’s 31st game in charge this season.  In his previous 30 games, he has issued 84 yellow cards and 6 red ones.  His last game in charge was at Burton Albion on Tuesday 30th January as Reading beat the hosts 3-1 in a Sky Bet Championship game.  6 yellow cards were issued during the match.

We’ve Met Before

Saturday’s game will be the 9th meeting between the sides in all competitions.  The Shakers have 2 wins compared to Wimbledon’s 4, with 2 draws.

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Match Reports

Bury 2 - AFC Wimbledon 1

6 February 2018

The Shakers maintained their unbeaten run under Ryan Lowe with an excellent 2-1 win at home to AFC Wimbledon.

George Miller poked the ball into the back of the net from a rebound with 18 minutes played to open the scoring, but Phil Edwards’ own goal levelled the scores.

Harry Bunn found the winning goal just before half-time, but the Shakers battled until the very end to seal all three points.

Ryan Lowe opted to make four changes to his side that picked up a point against Blackpool at the weekend. Adam Thompson returned from his loan spell with Bradford City last week and replaced Nathan Cameron in the starting line-up, the former was also joined by Harry Bunn, Josh Laurent, and George Miller.

Bunn started the game brightly with a darting run forward within one minute, finding himself on the end of a through ball, but his volleyed attempt was well saved by George Long and the danger was subsequently cleared.

With 10 minutes played, Miller and Zeli Ismail linked up in the final third of the pitch to cause real danger to the visiting side, but the Wimbledon defence stayed strong as they bravely blocked Ismail’s driven effort at goal.

Danns followed up only moments later with a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area, despite intending to find the top left-hand corner, the ball narrowly flew over the crossbar.

After all the pressure on the visitor’s goal, the Shakers finally found the lead. Danny Mayor’s mesmerising footwork earned himself a penalty after being brought down by Jon Meades just inside the penalty area. Bunn stepped up from the penalty spot, but his shot was well saved by Long, but Miller was immediately on hand to head in the opening goal of the game.

10 minutes later, the away side were back in the match with an equaliser following a deflection on Liam Trotter’s shot from 20 yards out. Edwards was unable to clear Trotter’s shot, unfortunately bundling the ball into his own net after a dominant display from the Shakers in the early exchanges.

What’s more, Joe Pigott came close to punishing the Shakers' defence after beating the offside trap on the 30th minute, but Thompson was quickly onto the scene to slide in, knocking Pigott’s concentration in the process, before he chipped the ball onto the roof of the goal.

Lowe’s men bounced back though on the 43rd minute thanks to some good pressure from Mayor and Miller inside the penalty area before Bunn turned and fired the ball, at the first time of asking, under Long and into the corner of the goal.

Mayor was unwilling to ease off his unstoppable performance in the first half as he went in search for a goal of his own one minute later. He was confident enough to go for goal following a mazy run into the penalty area, but devastatingly he could only find the side netting.

HT: Bury 2 - AFC Wimbledon 1

The second half continued in the same manner as the first, as Greg Leigh mounted pressure on the visitor’s goal after advantage was played by the referee, his low driven shot though was denied by Long in the Wimbledon goal.

Half-time substitute Lyle Taylor came agonisingly close to finding the equaliser with a glancing header on the 71st minute, however, the post stayed strong, and the ball bounced back out for Leigh to clear the danger.

On 74 minutes, Harry Forrester’s inswinging free-kick was inch perfect for Meades to head goalwards but, somehow, he was denied by a fantastic quick reaction save by Connor Ripley as the Bury shot stopper pushed the ball over his crossbar in dramatic fashion.

The Shakers dealt with extreme pressure and long balls into their penalty area for the last 10 minutes of the game, with both teams giving everything in the final stages.

As the fourth official presented six minutes of added time, Peter Clarke managed to clear the ball off the goal line following a direct ball into the box and deflection toward goal.

Next up for the Shakers is a trip to Bradford City this Saturday as they look to continue their unbeaten run.

Attendance: 2,975 (131 travelling supporters)


FT: Bury 2 - AFC Wimbledon 1 

Bury: Ripley, Edwards, Clarke, Thompson, Leigh, Ismail (Hanson 79), Laurent, Danns, Mayor (Tutte 69), Bunn, Miller (Dawson 90+3)

Unused subs: Murphy, Maguire, Styles, Cooney

AFC Wimbledon: Long, Oshilaja, Robinson (Francomb 46), Charles, Meades, Soares (Forrester 63), Abdou, Trotter, McDonald (Taylor 46), Pigott, Barcham

Unused subs: McDonnell, Kaja, Kennedy, Hartigan 

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