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16 July 2017 Venue Gigg Lane Attendance Referee Darren Handley

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Preview: Huddersfield Town (H)

15 July 2017

Bury FC v Huddersfield Town
Pre-Season Friendly
Sunday, 16th July - Kick Off 3pm
 
Preview:  A lot has changed since the Sunderland game eight days ago. Two strikers have left, one has returned and, perhaps, the biggest boost, for Lee Clark, is the players’ fitness and, most importantly, a lack of injuries.
 
In saying that though, there are one or two minor knocks, but nothing serious.  Joe Skarz has a very bruised toe after having his foot trodden on during a pre-season training session in Marbella. Phil Edwards has a sore knee and Callum Styles suffered with the effects of the horrendous heat on the Andalusian coast.
 
Nathan Cameron and Danny Mayor are progressing well, after their injury woes of last season, to such an extent, that both players took part in full training sessions at some point during the week.
 
Lee Clark will, again, use Sunday’s game as a “minute gathering exercise”.  There is only so much you can do in training and playing a game against Premier League quality opposition cannot be done the training ground. Minutes into legs brings endurance, endurance brings quality, quality brings results – there is a laid down and set plan for everything.
 
The trip to Marbella has been hailed a complete success in terms of fitness, team bonding and a lack of injuries and it’s been a stunning week for the lads. They have had a tough week yet none are tired or have been overworked. They have had lots of fitness sessions and lots of football sessions.
 
The loss of James Vaughan mid-week was fairly inevitable and although there were talks of a new, extended deal, it quickly became evident that he would not sign any such deal on the table. After the season he had last year, can anyone begrudge JV of wanting to succeed elsewhere?  George Miller’s move to Middlesbrough came in under the radar slightly but, again, there is a carefully laid plan to replace him or any player that leaves for whatever reason.
 
If there’s anything the week in Marbella has proved it’s that Lee Clark is meticulous in his planning and he has planned for every eventuality. Even as he boarded the plane in Malaga on Saturday afternoon, he was making plans and putting things into place.
 
The arrival of Nicky Ajose was planned. It was simply a case of picking up the phone to Charlton Athletic, once a deal had been agreed with Sunderland, as Nicky had agreed to everything before Vaughan left the Shakers base in Spain.
 
The quality of opposition is the key to fitness for Lee Clark and you’re not going to better the quality of opposition that arrives at Gigg Lane on Sunday afternoon.  Newly promoted to the Premier League and, having made a raft of signings over the summer, the self-proclaimed pride of Yorkshire will arrive at Gigg Lane as a Premier League Side and everyone at Gigg Lane will welcome them to Bury as a top-flight side and we wish them well in their maiden season in the Premier League.
 
The new season is just THREE weeks away and the forthcoming game on Tuesday night, at Macclesfield, will see the lads again look for getting minutes into legs but there will be a little more emphasis on tactics and on set plays. The starting eleven, on Sunday, will bear nothing to that we will see in three weeks’ time when Walsall arrive at Gigg Lane.
 
Pre-season has, thus far, been nothing but successful and it's set for the next stage at 3pm on Sunday and with Premier League opposition in town, what more could you ask for?
 
Admission Prices:  Click here for full details.
 
Season Tickets:  Plenty of time to get your early bird phase two season ticket – click here for full details.
 
Programmes:  A “three games in one” pre-season, 32-page match programme, costing £2.00, will be available in and around the ground. 
 
Social Club and Club Shop:  Click here for full details.
 
Coverage:  Full match commentary will be available on iFollow FREE OF CHARGE. Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby will be on air from around 2:45 pm for the game and we'll also have the full game covered via our official Twitter Account (@buryfcofficial) with team news going live just as soon as we receive it, hopefully, around 2:00 pm.
 
Video interviews with the manager and key players from the game will be live on iFollow Bury late on Sunday evening with Match Action Images going live on the website soon after. Please note that, as this is a pre-season game, match highlights will NOT be available as the game is not covered by our usual broadcast partners. 
 
Enjoy the game!
 

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Match Reports

Report: Bury 1 Huddersfield Town 3

Jermaine Beckford scored his first goal for the Shakers, albeit in a pre-season game, but then watched as his former club, and the newest Premier League side, come from behind to win the game at Gigg Lane. 

16 July 2017

Lee Clark went into the Shakers second pre-season game looking to get minutes on the field into his players rather than anything tactical and he stated that the starting eleven for this pre-season run out will bear no resemblance to what he hopes to see at the same venue in just under three weeks’ time against Walsall.

The first real effort of the game came, on two minutes, when a surging run forward from former Huddersfield striker Jermaine Beckford saw him brought down some five yards short of the visitor’s area, much to the amusement of the 2,005 visiting supporters. The resulting free kick though saw Andy Tutte’s effort hit the Terriers wall before being cleared further up the field.
 
Huddersfield Town should have taken the lead, just moments later, when a long, defence splitting, ball carved the Shakers back four in two. With both Adam Thompson and Nathan Cameron caught flat-footed, Town’s new £11m striker Steve Mounie made an easy job look more difficult by taking a touch and attempted to find a little more room in front of Joe Murphy’s goal however, his touch allowed the Shakers defence the time to recover and a returning Nathan Cameron was on hand to smother the eventual shot from Mounie.
 
Craig Jones, another player returning from a long-term injury, showed a great reading of the game, on six minutes, when he cleverly intercepted a ball passed wide. With a burst of speed, he managed to get the ball into the Huddersfield half before two defenders smothered the ball, pushing it out for a throw.
 
Another free kick, for a similar challenge on Beckford, brought a venomous shot, this time from Jay O’Shea, but straight into the Huddersfield wall. Craig Jones was on hand to flick the resulting, rebounded, ball towards the back post where it found the head of a leaping Jermaine Beckford, but he was unable to test keeper Jonas Lossl.
 
The next meaningful shot came from Huddersfield’s Rajiv van La Parra as he left fly from fully 20 yards, but his effort drifted across the goal and out for a Bury goal kick. Moments later, the Terriers Phil Billing collected the ball, from a loose pass by Shakers newly named skipper Stephen Dawson, but his run and shot brought a fine save from Murphy who tipped the ball over the bar.
 
With 30 or so minutes on the clock, the Shakers suddenly found their passing game and some crisp, one touch, passing moves around the pitch carved out several half chances. One such chance fell to Beckford inside the box, but just as he pulled the trigger a tremendous, sliding, challenge from Martin Cranie saw the ball pushed away for a corner. 
 
With no goals scored at the break, it was a huge surprise to many to only see three changes, to the Shakers line-up, at the start of the second half with Callum Styles, Kyle Letheren and Eoghan O’Connell replacing Andrew Tutte, Joe Murphy and Nathan Cameron respectively.
 
It took the Shakers just three minutes, in the second half, to take the lead in the game. A misplaced pass was collected by Jermaine Beckford and, after taking a touch, he managed to side foot the ball across the young Huddersfield ‘keeper, Schofield, to record his first goal for the club with a fine finish. It may have been in a pre-season friendly but, as he said later, it's always good to get off the mark. 
 
Huddersfield looked for an immediate response and it almost came three minutes later. A stinging ball in from the flank, in the shadow the South Stand which housed 2005 visiting Terriers fans, was superbly collected by Shakers triallist ‘keeper Kyle Letheren, but, within sixty seconds, the visitors were level. The exact same ball, from the left hand side, was fired into the box at pace, but this time the ball was smashed home from close range by Steve Mounie to make it all square.
 
The game then went into full pre-season mode, on the hour, as Bury made eight changes (Dai, Edwards, Humphrey, Ismail, Aldred, Heardman, Mayor and young Ryan Cooney – all replacing Dawson, Leigh, Jones, Thompson, O’Shea, Reilly, Beckford and Sang). 
 
Within a minute of the Bury changes, Huddersfield also changed six players and, within five minutes, took the lead. Another great ball was whipped into the box, this time from the Huddersfield right, and this time it was down to another new signing, Tom Ince, who got the deftest of touches from close range to find the back of the net. 
 
Young Callum Styles and Tsun Dai, at one point the central midfield pairing for the Shakers Youth team, produced a moment of sheer quality between them when, on 69 minutes, they danced the ball around and through the Huddersfield midfield order, much to the delight of the home supporters in the Main Stand. 
 
Danny Mayor, another player returning from long term injury, almost made it a perfect come back when, on 70 minutes, he dropped the shoulder on the edge of the box, and with most Bury supporters knowing what was to follow that dropped shoulder, the shot came but it lacked pace and direction and rolled harmlessly out of play.
 
Huddersfield broke through again, down their right, on 84 minutes and with Tom Ince bearing down on goal, young Ryan Cooney suddenly produced the touch of the afternoon to deny Ince a chance on goal and, not only did he get the slightest of touches, he also managed to sweep the ball away with his second touch. It was a lovely, assured, touch from yet another promising Shakers Youth tem product. 
 
With minutes to go, a challenge from Chris Humphrey on the classy Tom Ince, inside the Bury area, brought the inevitable penalty, which produced a third and final goal for the Terriers as Elias Kachunga softly stroked the ball to send Letheren the wrong way and placed the ball into the opposite corner.
 
It was another good workout and players got more minutes into legs and with Nicky Ajose not used plus, hopefully, Joe Skarz, who missed this afternoon’s game with a badly bruised toe, back in action soon, as the Shakers pre-season campaign moves to the Moss Rose, Macclesfield on Tuesday evening. 
 
Attendance: 3,306 (2,005 visitors)
 

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