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Match Preview: Morecambe vs Bury

8 February 2019

It’s been a good week for the Shakers as Ryan Lowe and Jay O’Shea were respectively named Manager of the Month and Player of the Month for January.

The boss was delighted with the award but was quick to praise his colleagues and the players themselves: “Obviously it’s nice to be recognised for the work we’ve been doing. It’s the second time so I’m sure my kids will be happy with another trophy (laughs), but I think a lot of credit has got to go to my staff and my players as without them it wouldn’t be possible. It just shows the work we’re doing and the style of football we’re playing.” 

Midfield maestro Jay O’Shea was also happy with his award, but was quick to look at the bigger picture: “These awards are nice, but what we set out at the start of the season was to get promoted so these [individual awards] will mean nothing if we don’t go up, so hopefully we can all hit the main goal together.” 

Looking towards the game on Saturday, Ryan Lowe doesn’t think his side can take too much from the victory over Morecambe earlier in the season: “You can’t look into it from what we’ve done earlier in the season, and what they did. They’ll probably have four or five new players and we’ve got some in our set-up, so we won’t look at it like that, we’ll look at it that it’s another tough game.” 

This sentiment was shared by O’Shea, who reiterated the point to the club’s website: “I don’t think you can look into past results, we’ll take this game as we’ve taken all the games this year. We’ll be doing our homework on them and trying to work out a way we can beat them on Saturday.” 

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Last Time Out 

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Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre. The match can also be watched by following the same steps and purchasing the £10 match pass. 

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. 


Anthony Backhouse will officiate Bury’s trip to the Globe Arena, it will be his twenty-ninth game of the season which has seen him brandish a total of seventy-nine yellow cards and five reds.

Saturday will be his third Bury game this season after previously overseeing the 4-0 home win against Grimsby Town and the 3-2 win at home to Fleetwood Town. Backhouse has also taken charge of a Morecambe game as they lost 2-1 while hosting Stoke City U21’s.  

On only one occasion has he failed to produce a single card, that was in the previously mentioned game where Bury were 4-0 victors against Grimsby Town. He handed out seven yellow cards when Accrington drew 2-2 with Lincoln, and two reds in a single match when Bradford fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sunderland. 

We’ve Met Before 

Saturday is the eighteenth time the sides will meet, with both level on seven wins apiece. There have also been three draws between the teams. 

Bury have had a better record of late, winning the last two meetings, including that 3-2 victory at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane at the start of September (video above). This gives Ryan Lowe and his side the chance of completing another league double in this campaign. 

Form Guide 

Bury sit second in the Sky Bet League Two form guide from the last six games, going undefeated on the road as they secured four wins and two draws. They have further given evidence of the fact they are the best attacking team in the league, as no one can match the fourteen scored in the last six outings.  

In contrast, Saturday’s hosts are 23rd in the same table, not winning a game in their last six matches (winless in 7 in total), drawing four times and losing on two occasions. Jim Bentley’s side have a negative goal difference after scoring just four goals, letting seven in at the wrong end.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Morecambe 2-3 Bury

9 February 2019

The Shakers completed a league double over the Shrimps thanks to two 3-2 score lines. Bury charged to a three-goal lead in commanding fashion, thanks to a brace from Jay O’Shea and a Danny Mayor opener. A rebounded penalty gave Morecambe a lifeline as Bennett fired home, as did Old not long after. It wasn’t enough as Bury took the three points back to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.

Ryan Lowe named three changes to his side as Byron Moore and Danny Mayor replaced Dom Telford and Neil Danns respectively, with O’Connell missing out with Jordan Rossiter making his full debut for the Shakers.

Despite dominating the possession and dictating the play in the opening five minutes, there was an early scare for the Shakers. Pietro Mingoia caused issues down the right, aiming a cross at Kevin Ellison at the back post, but the towering attacker missed the ball and Bury regrouped.

Again, Mingoia aimed for Ellison from the right, the latter charging in on the ball, as he went to strike the volley he slipped and Aimson collected the ball to set his side on the attack.

Bury were looking dangerous on either flank, through Adams’ driving runs, and smart link up play from the likes of McFadzean and Moore. Unfortunately for the visitors, the Morecambe defence stood firm.

Byron Moore was again involved as he stretched the defence with his blistering pace. He delayed taking the shot, before looking to dink the ball over Halstead, however the ‘keeper was equal to the effort and his block almost went for a throw-in.

Following the block from Halstead, Danny Mayor kept the ball in, opening an angle to strike an effort across the ‘keeper, he had Halstead beat all ends up as his shot hit the back of the net via the far post to give the Shakers a deserved lead.

Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for January Jay O’Shea was showing his brilliance, he picked Moore out over the top with a pinpoint pass. Moore flicked the ball onto Maynard who couldn’t get the ball under full control as the hosts eventually cleared.

Mayor was in perilous form after recovering from the flu! He picked the ball up on the more unfamiliar position on the right-hand-side of the box, he curled an effort on goal with his left, however it was just beyond the upright.

It was all Bury, with Maynard again having a great chance to double the lead. He was played in brilliantly, before attempting to slip an effort below Halstead, who kept the ball out with his legs.

Former Shaker Andrew Tutte had a free-kick on the left-hand-side of the box, he powered an effort towards goal, but it was comfortably over, giving Murphy nothing to do bar retrieve the ball from the Bury faithful behind the goal.

A smart short corner handed another chance to Nicky Maynard. Mayor and Adams linked up, before the latter put a ball into the middle fiercely, the power of the cross meant Maynard was still on the up as he made contact with the ball, meaning he was unable to keep the ball down with his head.

An unusual suspect in Scott Wharton came close to doubling the lead in first half stoppage time. The ball fell to him following a Nicky Adams corner, however his effort lacked the required power as Halstead was able to keep the ball out.

Nicky Maynard was again kept out by a last-ditch tackle, Nicky Adams crossed the ball in, before Bury’s number thirty-six was thwarted by a brilliant challenge.

Maynard was still lurking behind the Morecambe defence. Old was unaware and his pass intended for the ‘keeper was cut out. He pulled Halstead off his line before squaring the ball to O’Shea, who rifled a strike home from the edge of the area, giving Morecambe’s ‘keeper no chance of making the required ground up.

HALF-TIME: Morecambe 0-2 Bury

Murphy was called into action early in the second period. A cross into the middle was much closer to the Bury shot-stopper than intended from the right. He reacted quickly, managing to claw the ball away from any danger.

It was almost three to the Shakers five minutes into the second half for Bury. Nicky Adams curled a ball into the middle that was just begging for contact. Maynard and Moore both stretched as much as they could to get on the end of it, but they just couldn’t make contact as Morecambe were able to clear the ball.

Player of the Month curse? What curse! Jay O’Shea doubled his tally for the afternoon after his accolade on Friday. Rossiter set the move off superbly, finding Mayor who was able to carry the ball up the field, slipping the ball to O’Shea. A vicious strike from the player that the Manager dubbed ‘the Irish Messi’ gave the ‘keeper no chance as his fifteenth goal of the season put his side into a 3-0 lead, while also reclaiming top spot in the Bury FC Top Scorer charts!

Ryan Lowe’s side were unable to keep the clean sheet after Richie Bennett won a penalty following what the referee deemed to be a foul from today’s skipper Adams. Joe Murphy kept Cranston’s penalty out, but the rebound fell to Bennett who lifted the ball over Murphy to give his Morecambe side a lifeline.

As the clock signalled just over twenty minutes to go, the hosts pulled another back to only trail by the one goal at 3-2. After a calamitous error for Bury’s second, Old made up for his mistake by bulleting a header beyond Murphy.

Nicky Maynard had yet another chance to get on the scoresheet. Another cross into the middle saw the forward get onto the end of a cross. He looked to turn the ball home, but he couldn’t keep the effort down as the ball was behind for a goal-kick.

The hosts’ hunt for an equaliser came in the form of multiple crosses into the middle. Bury’s defenders were on hand, winning the ball in the air to keep their lead intact.

Four minutes remained, and Morecambe continued to threaten from set-pieces. Bury dealt with the aerial presences well, winning the headers to remain a goal to the good.

A second ball into the area presented Ellison with a chance. The big forward tried an acrobatic finish, but he was never testing Murphy, who went to take the resulting goal-kick.

O’Shea came close to completing a hat-trick deep into stoppage time; it took two firm hands from Halstead to keep the 20-yard strike out down to the left-hand-side of the ‘keeper.

FULL-TIME: Morecambe 2-3 Bury


Moreacambe: Halstead (GK), Mills, Conlan (89’ Dalby), Kenyon (C), Tutte (45+3’ Medes-Gomes), Bennett, Ellison, Sutton, Lavelle (43’ Old), Mingoia, Cranston

Unused Subs: Szczepaniak, Oates, McKay, Hedley

Bury: Murphy (GK), Aimson, Thompson, Adams (C) (79’ Cooney), Mayor (83’ O’Connell), Rossiter, Moore (90+1’ Telford), Wharton, McFadzean, O’Shea, Maynard

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

Attendance: 2665, with 1086 Shakers here, thanks for the magnificent support in numbers and vocally!!

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