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Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers vs Bury

29 April 2019

The Shakers head into their penultimate fixture of the forty-six-game season on Tuesday as they travel to Tranmere Rovers. Ryan Lowe's side just need the one point from the six available to secure an immediate return to Sky Bet League One.

The Bury faithful will have good memories of Prenton Park, gaining promotion there in 2015, and it could be déjà vu this weekend!

Current Manager Ryan Lowe started that game as a player, and it was Tom Soares’ goal that clinched promotion for Bury on a very memorable day.

If Lowe guides his side to their twenty-third win of the season, it could confirm an immediate return to Sky Bet League One for the Shakers at the first time of asking, although a point will also do the job!

The Gaffer was under no illusion that Tuesday will be another test for his side: “We’re expecting a tough game, but again, we’ll respect them. All we’ve got to do is worry about ourselves. If we play anything like we can do, then I’ll be happy.”

Jay O’Shea shares that sentiment, and also wants to put in a performance for the superb away support: “It’s going to be a really tough game, we know that. Obviously, we’ve seen that we have sold 2,000 tickets so it’s going to be a great atmosphere, and hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer about.”

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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.


David Webb will be taking charge of his thirty-fourth game of the season on Tuesday, having produced ninety-eight yellow cards and five reds over the course of the campaign.

The Official has been based at a higher level so far, with twenty-six of his total games coming in the Championship. Tuesday will see Webb oversee Bury or Tranmere for the first time this season.

He recently distributed six yellow cards and two red cards when Walsall hosted Oxford, with the visitors coming out on top despite being reduced to nine men.

We’ve Met Before

The Shakers have the better record between the two sides, boasting twenty-nine wins in comparison to Tranmere’s twenty-two. There have also been seventeen draws between Bury and Tranmere Rovers.

Form Guide

The form for the last ten fixtures sees the Shakers sit tenth in the league table, collecting fourteen points via four wins and two draws, losing four also. Bury’s goal difference is even, after scoring and conceding fourteen goals.

On the other hand, Tranmere top the form guide, picking up two thirds of the thirty points on offer. Micky Mellon has guided his side to six wins and two draws, only losing the two. Tranmere sit on plus eight goal difference, scoring thirteen and only letting five in. Despite sitting top, they’ve only won once in their last five games.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers 1 - 1 Bury

1 May 2019

The Shakers confirmed their return to Sky Bet League One at the first time of asking, after a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. The hosts took an early lead, but after the break Bury threw everything at Micky Mellon's side, and Danny Mayor's second half goal clinched automatic promotion with a game to spare!

Ryan Lowe named an unchanged starting eleven from his side's 3-1 victory last time out, when Northampton Town visited the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.

The Shakers came close to taking the lead inside the opening three minutes from a corner. The ball was whipped in, and Wharton met it, heading wide after a slight deflection.

Five minutes later there was another chance for Bury, as some slick link-up play on the right allowed O'Shea to test Davies. The rebound fell to Nicky Adams, who saw a curled effort over the bar.

The hosts took the lead shortly after. A corner was swung in towards the prolific James Norwood; he directed his header into the ground, and despite Murphy's best efforts, the ball snuck over the line for the opening goal of the game.

Bury looked for an instant response, something they've been so good at all season. Danny Mayor displayed some trademark wizardry to cut onto his right foot, however his effort was too tame to give Davies any real problems.

James Norwood looked certain to add another when a smart spin left him one-on-one with Murphy. Thankfully for the Shakers, the PFA League Two Goalkeeper of the Season was on hand to keep him out.

The visitors went straight up the other end, with Nicky Adams finding himself in plenty of space. His delivery eventually found Dom Telford, who guided an effort beyond Scott Davies, but also past the post.

Conner Jennings beat the offside trap before working the ball goalward. He opted to go alone, flashing an effort wide of Murphy's post.

Just before the break, Dom Telford tried to level the scores. He turned away from a couple of defenders before he fired over the bar from twenty-five yards.

There was a chance for the Shakers in time added on. Danny Mayor played the ball out to Chris Stokes, who saw his cross beyond everyone. Thankfully, Nicky Adams swept up, but Dom Telford couldn't head towards goal as the first half drew to a close.

HALF-TIME: Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Bury

A brilliant start to the second period saw Jay O'Shea give Scott Davies something to think about. He unleashed the strike after a smart one-two with Nicky Maynard, but Davies was able to push the ball away from danger.

Ryan Lowe's men continued to push, and with only five minutes gone since the restart, Tranmere had plenty to think about. After a few efforts were blocked by the defenders, the ball was worked out to the wing, and back into the area. Nicky Maynard glanced a header beyond Scott Davies, but onto the inside of the post. Tranmere were then able to clear the ball and with it, the danger.

The Tranmere 'keeper was in fine form, this time keeping out Dom Telford. Danny Mayor found Bury's number eighteen, who sold the defender with a smart first touch. He then unleashed a vicious strike which wasn't quite able to beat Scott Davies.

The Shakers got their reward for the impressive start to the second half. Danny Mayor saw a cross into the middle blocked but rebound back to him. He made no mistake, lifting the ball over Scott Davies from a tight angle.

Tranmere came close to an instant response. A second ball into the box found Norwood, who turned his man, firing on target from close range. Joe Murphy was on hand to show his credentials, pulling off a point-blank stop to keep the game on level terms.

The scores remained level as we entered the final twenty minutes, with the point being enough to see Ryan Lowe guide his side to an immediate return to Sky Bet League One in his first season in charge.

Bury were inches away from the goal that would put them into the lead. Danny Mayor and Chris Stokes linked up on the left, before the latter drilled a low ball into the middle, where Caolan Lavery was agonisingly close from making enough contact to finish.


After four minutes of added time, referee David Webb blew the final whistle, sending the Shakers' faithful behind the goal into raptures as promotion was confirmed!

FULL-TIME: Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Bury

Tranmere Rovers: Davies (GK) (C), Ridehalgh, Nelson, Monthe, Harris, Norwood, Jennings, Caprice (73' Buxton), Morris, Pringle (82' Mullin), Banks

Unused Subs: Pilling (GK), McNulty, Perkins, Gilmour, Dagnall

Bury: Murphy (GK), Stokes, Aimson (39' O'Connell), Thompson, Adams (C), Mayor, Rossiter (Danns '86), Telford (73 Lavery), Wharton, O'Shea, Maynard

Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Moore, McFadzean, Omotayo, Danns

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