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07 July 2017 Venue Gigg Lane Attendance 2,110 Referee Darren Handley

Kick off 19:30 (UK)

Bury Football Club
2 - 3
2nd Half
Sunderland AFC (H)

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Preview: Sunderland (H) (Pre-Season)

6 July 2017

Preview:  Hurrah! It’s back! Finally, we can make a trip to Gigg Lane for the first pre-season game of an eagerly expected season. Expectations for the new season are on the rise and probably the highest they’ve been for many a year and they will only increase as pre-season gets under way in earnest with a tough test against a side that has been recently relegated from the Premier League.

Lee Clark could not have arranged a better first game. New faces will be on the pitch at Gigg Lane in abundance.  A new way of playing may be seen with an attacking flair to the side that hasn’t been seen for many a year.  The squad now looks packed with power, pace, experience and, probably more than anything, quality.

Although it is the first game of an eagerly expected season, any result from the game will, of course, be totally meaningless. At this stage of pre-season it’s all about getting minutes into legs, getting used to playing a competitive game again, getting used to new teammates, new shapes, a new squad and, not forgetting, a new pitch.

The surface at Gigg Lane was completely removed and re-seeded and it’s now evident that the work, carried out over the last couple of summers, is starting to bear fruit. A completely flat surface, a deep filled root system and perfectly working drains the hallowed ground, now sporting a rich and thick carpet of newly mowed grass, has a surface that looks as good as it did in the days of the legendary Tommy Marshall.

The game itself will hardly be compared to what we can expect on 5th August. The side that starts the game against Walsall will, most likely, be completely different to the side we see on Friday evening and, no doubt, as we face Sunderland again, in the Carabao Cup, on 10th August, the two games will be completely different in both the style and passion shown.  The only tactics in use on Friday evening will be – don’t get injured!

Will this be the usual pre-season fare with lots of ‘trialist’s’, lots of substitutions throughout the game, players coming off and then coming back on again together with plenty of breaks for fluids, or chats with coaching staff – yes, probably but it will also be the first opportunity for fans of the Black Cats to see their side managed by Simon Grayson and we hope that all the Sunderland fans making their way down to Gigg Lane have a safe trip.

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:  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 7:15 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 6:30 pm.

Video interviews with the manager and key players from the game will be live on iFollow Bury on Friday evening. 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 2 Sunderland 3

Sunderland come from behind to claim an emotional win at Gigg Lane

7 July 2017

Lee Clark’s side began pre-season with a defeat at the hands of last season’s relegated Premier League side Sunderland at Gigg Lane.

Despite Bury leading the game 2-0 with 25 minutes played, the away side turned the game on its head to win the match with four minutes remaining through Joshua Maja.

One minute applause was held from both sets of supporters before the match in honour of young Bradley Lowery, and again six minutes into the game in remembrance of the six-year-old who passed away on Friday afternoon.

Lee Clark opted to start with seven of his new summer signings for the first pre-season game, and it was an opportunity for the visiting supporters to cast an eye over new manager Simon Grayson in his first game in charge at Sunderland.

The game was brought to life within two minutes as James Vaughan pounced on a mistake by Lamine Kone, and was subsequently fouled by the big centre back from 20 yards out.

Rees Greenwood carved open the only opportunity for the visitors in the opening exchanges as he skipped inside from wide, before hitting the side netting.

The Shakers broke the deadlock on the 20th minute through Andrew Tutte after a clever knock-down inside the penalty box from new signing Jermaine Beckford.

Zeli Ismail threatened to extend the lead, latching onto a forward through ball, but he was unable to find the target as the ball squeezed wide of the post.

Further pressure from the intelligent Beckford allowed Callum Reilly a chance inside the 18-yard-box, he turned and found the top right corner of the goal to double the lead 25 minutes in.

The away side pulled a goal back in the 37th minute with a deft flick by Jack Rodwell into the bottom corner from a George Honeyman corner.

Young Luke Molyneux’s effort late in the first half almost beat Joe Murphy as the Bury shot stopper struggled to collect the ball, before it bounced off the bar, and Murphy eventually neutralised the danger.

A fresh batch of players replaced the eleven which started the game for the Shakers, including 16-year-old Saul Shotton and trialist goalkeeper Kyle Letheren.

In a quiet second half, Whabi Khazri ran through on goal while under pressure from Adam Thompson, but it was the Shakers summer signing that timed his sliding challenge to perfection to deny Khazri.

Khazri played a pivotal role in the next Sunderland attack as he teed up the onrushing Maja, leaving an easy tap in from six yards out for Maja to level the scores.

On 86 minutes, Maja found the winning goal late on with a powerful volley to turn the game around, and send the visitors home happy.

Attendance: 2,110 (724 visiting supporters)

Bury first half: Murphy, Edwards, Aldred, O’Connell, Skarz, Ismail, Tutte, Dai, Reilly, Vaughan, Beckford

Bury second half: Letheren, Jones, Thompson, Shotton, Leigh, Humphrey (Sang 82), Dawson, O’Shea, Styles, Miller, Heardman

Sunderland first half: Mannone, Jones, Matthews, Kone, Djilibodji, Cattermole, Molyneux, Rodwell, Gooch, Honeyman, Greenwood

Sunderland second half: Mika, Love, Maja, Kone (Beadling 60), Djilibodji (Ledger 60), Khazri, E. Robson, T. Robson, Gibson, Gooch (Hume 60), Honeyman (Gamble 60)

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