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Preview: Bury v Scunthorpe United

1 September 2017

Preview:  Bury v Scunthorpe United

First a warning to those travelling to the game on Saturday from the Manchester area.  There is no Metrolink Service into Bury over the weekend. Please make sure you give yourself plenty of time as you make alternative arrangements.

It’s been a week of shocks, a week of welcomes and a week of drama.  Deadline day has come and gone, the manager has explained his rational process and as he says at the end of his video – enough nonsense, let’s go and play some football.

There were positives to emerge from last weekend’s game at Rochdale.  The main one, a clean sheet, a point gained and the defensive performance was much better than in recent weeks.  Was that down to more emphasis on work at the back, was it down to the lad’s determination, was it down to the pleasing re-appearance of Nathan Cameron.  Probably a combination of all three, but to see Cameron battling for every ball, every challenge and every tackle – after 12 months out with a serious knee injury – was just pleasing for all, none more so than for Nathan himself.

Lee Clark has shuffled his pack again, two have left us to play their football elsewhere.  Lee has explained why and we move on.  Onto a game that last season was first v second.  A game that saw Scunthorpe take the points and started the Shakers on their worst run in history.  It just brings bad memories and a season to forget.

Things are very much different this time around.  New faces are set to make their bow for the club again as Lee Clark sends his side out looking to kick start the season.  So far, its brought a 50% clean sheet record – two from four games, but it’s those seven goals conceded that concern all at Gigg Lane.

Lee Clark has been looking for the right combination to make it work.  Last weekend it was Cameron and Whitmore, they kept a clean sheet so you can only assume that if it isn’t broke – do not fix it.  Jordan Williams spent his day off earlier this week having teeth fixed, he lost one or two on his debut at Spotland, now with a new set of pearly whites clamped into his jaw, he should make his home debut.

We may see new faces in the middle, Rohan Ince could be set for a home debut whilst deadline day addition Josh Laurent could make his debut alongside him.  Who plays on the flank though – Ajose, Bunn, Dai, Styles – maybe even Danny Mayor, you never know.

Striker Michael Smith may start from the bench, after missing pre-season with Portsmouth, that lack of match fitness will see him getting to know the Gigg Lane dugout for a few games, whilst further good news came earlier in the week with the news that Joe Murphy has been cleared to play after his red card was chalked off.

It’s time to start scoring some goals though, keep it tight at the back and score a few goals.  Scunthorpe dominated last season’s game with a battling performance from Stephen Dawson.  He’s not there anymore, he’s a shaker again – but he’s broken and will watch the game from the stands.

New faces have arrived and after last week, some of that self-belief is back within the squad.  It’s time to start delivering, start producing and as the manager says – talk is cheap, get out there and do it.

Scunthorpe United’s View:  Click here for the Iron’s preview of Saturdays game

Last time out:  Bury 1 Scunthorpe United 2 – 1 October 2016
Scunthorpe went three points clear in League One after winning their top-of-the-table game at Bury.

Scott Wiseman opened the scoring for the leaders three minutes before half-time, only for Tom Soares to claim a 58th-minute equaliser.

But Josh Morris fired in a superb winner in the 65th minute as Bury's five-match winning run in the league came to an end.

Bury had started well, with Zeli Ismail denied by visiting goalkeeper Luke Daniels before Tom Pope headed against the Scunthorpe crossbar.

The Iron replied with Stephen Dawson's cross being deflected against a Bury post, while Soares volleyed wide for the hosts.

But Neal Bishop and Dawson went close for Scunthorpe before they took the lead following a 42nd-minute free-kick.

The visitors worked the ball down the right for Duane Holmes to shoot and after his effort was blocked, Tom Hopper squared for Wiseman to convert.

Bury drew level shortly after the break as Scunthorpe failed to clear a corner and Ismail fired it back across goal for Soares to tap in.

But Morris soon restored the Iron's lead as he curled a 25-yard effort into the top corner - and he almost repeated the feat moments later as he struck the Bury bar.

Jacob Mellis and Soares went close as Bury pressed for another equaliser but their six-match winning run in all competitions came to a halt.

Referee:  Saturday’s referee is Mr Eddie Ilderton from Tyne & Wear

So far, this season, Eddie has taken charge of five games – showing 13 yellow cards and four red cards... His last game was last weekend when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two game at Sincil Bank with Lincoln City beating Carlisle United 4-1.  Two Yellow cards and one red card were shown.

Eddie’s last visit to Bury was on 9 August 2014, the opening game of the 2014/15 season and a 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham Town.  Just one yellow card was shown during the game.

Quick Betting Tip:  Bury are 9/5 favourites to win the game whist Scunthorpe are 6/4.  A draw is on offer at 23/10

Top Ten Tips for the game

  1. Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 11/4
  2. Jermaine Beckford first goal of the game and a 2-0 Bury win – 40/1
  3. Josh Laurent first goal of the game and a 2-1 Bury win – 100/1
  4. Bury to win by exactly two goals – 8/1
  5. Bury to win and both teams to score – 4/1
  6. Correct Score only – Bury 3 Scunthorpe United 0 28/1
  7. 1st Goal – Beckford – 9/2
  8. Last goal – Ajose – 2/1
  9. To Score a hat trick – Jermaine Beckford – 40/1
  10. To score in 90 minutes – Harry Bunn – 9/4

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Match Report: Bury 0 Scunthorpe United 1

The Shakers conceded a late goal as they were powerless to stop Josh Morris’ free kick in their defeat to Scunthorpe United.

2 September 2017

A battling performance from Lee Clark’s side was not enough to earn his side anything from the game, as Morris’ goal in the 86th minute condemned the Shakers to defeat at the Energy Check Stadium. 

Ahead of the game, the Shakers made two changes to the side after last week’s goalless draw at Rochdale. Ryan Lowe and transfer deadline day loan signing Josh Laurent came into the team to start, replacing Tsun Dai and Nicky Ajose.

Neither side created any real opportunities in the opening 15 minutes, as the teams were equal in every department of the field. Both Harry Bunn and Scunthorpe’s Morris received treatment on the Gigg Lane turf as a result of the physical prowess both teams possessed.

A set piece from the training ground almost paid off for the Shakers with 20 minutes played. Bunn’s clever pass from the free kick allowed Lowe the chance to open up the visitor’s defence, his astute pass towards the penalty spot allowed Jermaine Beckford a sight of goal, but his first-time shot bounced off the outside of Matt Gilks’ right-hand post.

On 37 minutes, the visitors somehow failed to take the lead as they continued to cause havoc from corner kicks. Murray Wallace was first to meet the ball inside the penalty area, rising high to head the ball goalwards, but Tom Hopper struggled to poke the ball over the line from two yards out while under the pressure of the Bury defence.

Bunn came close to taking the lead for the Shakers moments before half time, his one-two with Lowe just outside the penalty area showed an excellent understanding between the two attackers, however, Bunn’s aim was all wrong as his shot flew over and wide of the target.

The second half began with real urgency, as Beckford brought the ball down with his first touch from a direct pass, shifted it onto his favoured right foot and fired the ball inches wide of the post.

Scunthorpe supporters were jubilant with 51 minutes played, as their team had the ball in the back of the net from a Hakeeb Adelakun free kick, only for the assistant referee to spot a foul inside the penalty box after the visitor’s celebrations had concluded.

Substitute Lee Novak made an immediate impact on the game after taking to the field for the away side. His glancing header, from a cross down the right wing, fell inches wide of the right-hand post.

Josh Morris followed up on his side’s threatening set pieces with a free kick from 20 yards out that flew into the top left-hand corner, and out of the reach of Joe Murphy to give Graham Alexander’s side a late winner.

The Shakers travel to Rotherham United next Saturday in League One, as they go in search of their first away win of the season.

Attendance: 4,055 (668 travelling supporters)

Bury starting line-up: Murphy, Leigh, Whitmore, Cameron (Aldred 78), Williams, Bunn, Ince, Edwards (Smith 88), Laurent, Beckford, Lowe (Maguire 63)

Unused subs: Skarz, Dai, Cooney, Fasan

Scunthorpe United starting line-up: Gilks, Sutton, Wallace, McArdle, Townsend, Adelakun (Holmes 70), Bishop, Ojo, Morris, Hopper (Novak 70), Madden (Van Veen 79)

Unused subs: Crofts, Mantom, Burgess, Watson

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