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Match Previews

Match Preview: Bury vs Colchester United

12 April 2019

Saturday sees the Shakers start the ‘FINAL THREE’ home fixtures as the race for promotion heats up!

The Shakers are still fourth in the table, one place outside the automatic promotion places. However, it’s still in the Shakers’ hands as other fixtures mean Bury are in charge of their own destiny.

Both sides have identical defensive records in the league, with each conceding fifty goals from the forty-one played. The goalscoring exploits of the Shakers see them have a plus twenty-four goal difference, three times that of Saturday’s visitors who have plus eight.

The Shakers have scored ninety-six goals this season, with seventy-four coming in the league; 62% of which have been scored at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. This is something they’ll be looking to add to this weekend.

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Last Time Out

Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre. The game isn’t available for domestic streaming.

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.

Tickets

Just a reminder that it will be cash only at the Ticket Office for the game on Saturday. Hopefully, the card machine issue will be sorted as soon as possible.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Referee

Andy Haines will officiate his thirty-fifth game of the season this weekend. He has previously taken charge of one Bury game so far this campaign, our 2-1 win at home to Tranmere. He has also overseen two Colchester away games; their 1-0 win at Morecambe and the 1-1 draw at Macclesfield.

This season has seen the official produce one-hundred-and-one yellows and four reds so far.  There have been four occasions this season where he hasn’t produced a single card, one of which was the aforementioned Bury vs Tranmere game.

We’ve Met Before

Saturday is the fifty-fourth meeting between the Shakers and Colchester, with Ryan Lowe’s side boasting the better record. We have twenty wins compared to the seventeen of Colchester. The sides have finished the game all-square on sixteen occasions.

In recent times, the Shakers have won the last three meetings between the two sides, winning four from the last six. 

Form Guide

The form guide for the last ten games sees Ryan Lowe’s men in fifth place, winning five, losing three and drawing two on the way to collecting seventeen points. The Shakers are on a plus two goal difference from the games.

On the other hand, John McGreal’s side are currently eighteenth, amassing eleven points via three wins, five losses and two draws. They’ve conceded more than they’ve scored, sitting on a minus six goal difference.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Bury 2-0 Colchester United

13 April 2019

Dom Telford's brace saw the Shakers return to winning ways with an important 2-0 victory. The result guaranteed a play-off spot at least for the Shakers, as the race for automatic promotion to Sky Bet League One continues.

Ryan Lowe named four changes to his side from Carlisle as Byron Moore, Eoghan O'Connell, Adam Thompson and Ryan Cooney were replaced by Callum McFadzean, Will Aimson, Skipper Neil Danns and Dom Telford.

Colchester got off to a quick start. Courtney Senior drove down the right before delivering a low cross. Thankfully for the Shakers, it was cleared before Frank Nouble was able to steer home.

Then, the visitors tested Joe Murphy as Tom Lapslie struck a dangerous effort on target. The shot-stopper was on hand to tip the ball over for a corner.

Neil Danns won the ball back expertly in the defensive half, setting a swift counter-attack off. The ball was swept out to Nicky Adams, who delivered a brilliant cross, however it was just out of the reach of Telford in the middle. Ryan Jackson then almost turned the ball into his own net at the back post, as the Shakers increased the pressure.

Jay O'Shea went close from a dead-ball situation. Nicky Maynard won the free-kick twenty-five yards from goal, allowing O'Shea to try and bend an effort into the top corner. Unfortunately for Bury, it was just wide of the mark.

Lapslie threw his body on the line to deny Bury an opener. Danns beat his man well on the left, dinking a brilliant cross back into the middle. Rene Gilmartin was able to tip the ball away from Telford, however, it fell to O'Shea who had two strikes blocked.

Fresh from his two goals last time out, Chris Stokes looked to continue his form in front of goal. He got on the end of a Nicky Adams free-kick, heading wide of Gilmartin's post.

Telford was unlucky again. A delivery by Nicky Adams beat Gilmartin, and looked destined to give Telford a free header, just yards from the goal. Unfortunately, it was again intercepted and flicked just out of reach of Bury's number eighteen.

Courtney Senior had a strike on goal during first half stoppage time. The effort had power behind it, but Danns was there to get a vital block in.

HALF-TIME: Bury 0-0 Colchester United

Bury got off to a quick start in the second period. Telford beat the offside trap, but his one-on-one with Gilmartin ended with the 'keeper on top, as he kept the forward's near-post strike out.

Minutes later, the game produced the first goal. A deep corner from Adams was nodded back across goal by Stokes, into the path of Telford. He powered a header into the back of the net to take his tally to thirteen for the season.

Colchester looked to hit back quickly, with Sam Saunders picking the ball up twenty-five yards out. His curling effort had Murphy beaten, but thankfully for the Shakers, the crossbar came to the rescue.

Nouble then came close to levelling the scores following a throw-in from in front of the South Stand. The ball was worked to the forward, who turned and scuffed an effort on target, not worrying Murphy between the sticks.

Dom Telford doubled his tally for the afternoon following a brilliant cross from Nicky Maynard. The Bury top-scorer turned provider, and Telford's diving header was too powerful for Gilmartin to keep out.

Telford was having an exceptional game. This time, he was on the end of a Caolan Lavery flick-on, before lifting the ball over the defender. He was blocked off when he tried to go around the man, but the Referee waived away the protests for a penalty.

Murphy had little to do in the second half, but he was called into action in the eighty-eighth minute. Sam Saunders stood over a free-kick, almost finding the top corner, but a tremendous save from the Bury 'keeper kept the clean sheet intact.

FULL-TIME: Bury 2-0 Colchester United

Bury: Murphy (GK), Stokes, Aimson, Adams, Rossiter, Telford (89' Omotayo), Wharton, McFadzean (46' Moore), O'Shea, Danns (C), Maynard (81' Lavery)

Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Thompson, Cooney, Hulme

Colchester United: Gilmartin (GK), Jackson, Lapslie (77' Norris), Prosser (C) (Eastman 65'), Kent, Senior, Szmodics, Mandron (75' Dickenson), Vincent-Young, Saunders, Nouble

Unused Subs: Barnes (GK), Stevenson, Chilvers, Eisa

Attendance: 3,898 with 317 from Colchester United. Thank you for your brilliant support this afternoon!!

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Ticket News

Tickets: Bury v Colchester United

10 April 2019

Tickets for the Shakers' game against Colchester United are now available on Eventbrite.

Matchday ticket prices for our Sky Bet League Two games are shown below:

Adults: £20.00

Concessions: £14.00*

Under 18’s: £10.00

Under 16's: £7.00

Under 12’s: £5.00 (Please Note: Under 12's must be accompanied by a paying adult).

Under 5's: Free of charge

Family Ticket: (1 x Adult plus 1 x Under 16): £20.00. Each additional child (Under 16): Plus £5.00. (A Family Ticket can only be purchased from the Ticket Office).

*Concessions are classed as Disabled Supporters / Under 23’s / 65 and over. (Disabled Ticket can only be purchased from the Ticket Office). 

Tickets are now available to purchase here, once you have purchased your ticket you can download or print.

Fans can also pay on the day at the turnstiles and at the Ticket Office.

 

Military Discounts

Bury Football Club offer a discount for all serving and former military personnel.  Adult Tickets and Family Tickets can be purchased at £10 rather than the normal price of £20.  Discounted tickets can only be purchased on the day of the game, by visiting the Ticket Office and displaying the relevant identification.

Blue Light Discounts

Bury Football Club offer a discount for all serving members of the emergency services.  Adult Tickets and Family Tickets can be purchased at £10 rather than the normal price of £20.  Discounted tickets can only be purchased on the day of the game, by visiting the Ticket Office and displaying the relevant identification.

Tickets are now available to purchase here, once you have purchased your ticket you can download or print.

Fans can also pay on the day at the turnstiles and at the Ticket Office.

Just a reminder that it will be cash only at the Ticket Office for the game on Saturday. Hopefully, the card machine issue will be sorted as soon as possible.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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