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Match Preview: Bury vs Crawley Town

1 February 2019

Bury and Crawley will go head-to-head at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane on Saturday, as the Shakers look to continue their excellent form.

Ryan Lowe knows it will be another test for his side: "Every game is tough, Crawley will have their own style of play, the way they want to come and affect, but again we have to worry about us and respect them."

While speaking to the club website, the Manager also reflected on the game earlier in the season away at Crawley: "We didn't play the best football down there early on and we are aware of that, the lads are aware of that, and since then, I think the lads have kicked on massively from that result."

New signing Jordan Rossiter, who joined from Rangers on loan until the end of the season, was chomping at the bit to get started with the Shakers: "I'm here to help the team as much as I can. If I'm called upon by the Gaffer, I'm ready to slot in wherever he wants me and give my all for the club."

The 21 year old midfielder also touched upon his previous experience of playing with former Liverpool captain and current Rangers boss Steven Gerrard: "I've trained with him quite a bit when I was training with the first team at Melwood and he was brilliant with me. I learnt so much from him as a player and I've definitely improved as a player having him as a manager."


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Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

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.


Tomorrow's game sees Neil Hair officiate his twenty-first match of the season, previously producing a total of sixty-one yellow cards and four reds.

It will be Hair's first Bury game of the season, but he will be completing the Crawley hat-trick as he has previously taken charge of their 3-1 home win over Yeovil Town, and 2-1 away loss to Cambridge United.
Out of all his previous games, the only time the official hasn't brandished a single card was when Lincoln City drew 2-2 at home to Carlisle United.

Blackpool's 1-0 win at Plymouth saw Neil Hair give Donervon Daniels and Marc Bola their marching orders as he handed out a total of two yellow cards and the two red cards mentioned in the same game.

We've Met Before

The Shakers have faced off against the Red Devils on four separate occasions, however the Shakers have failed to get anything from Saturday's visitors as Crawley have claimed all four wins, the first coming back in 2011.

The sides have played two games at The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane, and two at the People's Pension Stadium. Both games at Bury have seen Crawley run away 2-0 winners, while the Shakers have suffered 3-2 defeats on both trips to Gabriele Cioffi's side.

Form Guide

The last eight matches in Sky Bet League Two rank the Shakers in second place, picking up seventeen points in the form of five wins and two draws, suffering just the one loss. In their last six matches, the Shakers are unbeaten, not losing since Boxing Day.

Former striker Ryan Lowe has seen his side notch sixteen goals in this time, an average of two goals a game.

Crawley Town sit thirteenth in the table, winning three games and drawing one for their ten points, while suffering four defeats. Cioffi has seen his side lose three from their last four outings and will be keen to improve that record as his side have the chance to do the double over high-flying Bury, something that hasn't happened to the Shakers so far this season.

The Red Devils have only conceded six goals in their last eight games, something you may well expect to change as they travel to the best home side in the league, but also the best offensive team statistically.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Bury 1-1 Crawley Town

2 February 2019

Nicky Maynard’s fourteenth goal of the season in the eighty-third minute was not enough to snatch all three points for his side, as Ollie Palmer’s smart finish from a tight angle with sixty seconds remaining ensured that Gabrielle Cioffi’s Crawley didn’t leave empty handed. The draw saw the Shakers extend their unbeaten run to nine in all competitions.

Ryan Lowe handed a full debut to defender Scott Wharton who has been brought in on loan until the end of the season from Championship side Blackburn Rovers. Deadline Day signing Jordan Rossiter was named on the bench after his loan switch from Rangers, and he made his debut after coming on at the interval.

Crawley worked the ball central from the right-hand-side; Morais managed to get on the end of the ball, firing a low effort goal wards. Bury number six Eoghan O’Connell was able to close the visiting Skipper down quick enough to make a vital block.

The first real chance for the Shakers fell to Nicky Maynard. The forward was on the receiving end of a dangerous dead ball from Nicky Adams, however he didn’t make enough contact with the header, glancing it wide of the post.

Former Red Devil Nicky Adams came close to firing his side into the lead with Bury’s first shot on target. A smart one-two saw the club Vice-Captain in space 20 yards out. He unleashed a venomous strike on goal, but Morris got two strong hands to the ball low to his left to keep Adams out.

Dom Telford was inches away from opening the scoring. Jay O’Shea slipped a brilliant ball in behind the Crawley defence for Adams, who saw a low cross just out of the reach of Telford.

Scott Wharton made an impressive start to his Bury debut, charging forward with the ball and starting attacks off.

There was a first half substitution, but not for Bury, or Crawley. It was a change of officials as Helen Byrne couldn’t carry on after an earlier fall, so David Benton came on to run the line for the remaining hour.

Despite seeing an increased amount of possession, the visitors were still restricted to long range efforts on Murphy’s goal. After winning the ball high up the field, the ball was played into Ollie Palmer who drilled a low effort on goal, but it was pretty central, and the Bury ‘keeper could collect easily.  

It took forty-two minutes for Neil Hair to produce the first card of the afternoon. Tom Dallison was on the receiving end after a cynical foul on Nicky Maynard over on the right-hand-side after it appeared the forward was away.

HALF-TIME: Bury 0-0 Crawley Town

It was almost a perfect start to the second period for the Shakers. Nicky Maynard danced past a handful of Crawley defenders before hitting the ball from 16-yards, narrowly missing the target.

Patient build-up play from Ryan Lowe’s side was proving prosperous. Jay O’Shea looked certain to put his side ahead after being slipped in behind, however a brilliant last-ditch challenge was just in time to prevent the midfielder getting a shot away.

Fifteen minutes into his debut, Rossiter had an attempt at bagging himself a debut goal. The ball was worked to him via McFadzean and O’Shea on the left, but the midfielder didn’t connect with the 25-yard effort how he’d have liked, allowing Morris to move across and catch the ball.

Prolific midfielder O’Shea was proving to be a real handful for the Crawley defence. He found space on the left to get on the end of a deep cross, smashing an effort on the half-volley just over the bar.

Bury were certainly in the ascendency, this time another dangerous McFadzean cross was met by Nicky Maynard who dug the ball out to scoop it towards goal, unfortunately it was just over the bar and Morris was not tested on that occasion.

With just ten minutes remaining on the clock, the deadlock was almost broken. Nicky Maynard flashed an effort across goal, forcing Morris to parry the ball away. The resulting loose ball was being charged down by Adams who saw his 20-yard effort over the bar.

It didn’t take long for the Shakers to fashion another chance. Jordan Rossiter dinked a superb cross into the middle, allowing Aimson the chance to nod across goal for an assist as Nicky Maynard powered an effort beyond Morris! The visiting ‘keeper got his body behind the ball, but it wasn’t enough to stop Maynard from scoring yet another goal.

Knowing the dangers of a one goal lead, the Shakers came forward again from the restart, O’Shea again got the chance to test Morris from the edge of the area. His low effort was too central, and the goalkeeper had the ball in his hands.

The one goal lead did prove to be dangerous for Bury, as with minutes remaining the visitors levelled the scores. Substitute Ashley Nathaniel-George found Ollie Palmer, who slotted the ball underneath Murphy from a very tight angle.

Despite pressing for a winner, the Shakers had to settle for a point as they avoided defeat for the first time ever against Crawley Town.

FULL-TIME: Bury 1-1 Crawley Town


Bury: Murphy (GK), Aimson, Thompson, O’Connell (45’ Rossiter), Nicky Adams, Telford (82’ Lavery), Wharton, McFadzean, O’Shea, Danns (C) (63’ Moore), Maynard

Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Stokes, Cooney, Omotayo

Crawley Town: Morris (GK), Young, Payne (67’ Bulman), McNerney, Palmer, Gambin (89’ Poleon), Francomb, Dallison, Sesay, Morais (C) (85’ Nathaniel-George), Camara

Unused Subs: Mersin (GK), Maguire, Willock

Attendance: 3625 with 96 from Crawley. Thanks for your brilliant support again this afternoon!

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Ticket News

Bury v Crawley Town Tickets

28 January 2019

Tickets for the Shakers' game against Crawley Town 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.

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