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26 January 2019 Venue The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane Attendance

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Match Preview: Bury vs Lincoln City

25 January 2019

Bury and Lincoln City will go head-to-head on Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash in League Two.

Bury have won six from six since the start of the year, something Ryan Lowe is keen doesn't slip: "We know the games now come thick and fast, and we know there's some big games in there, no more so than Saturday.

"Lincoln are flying high and doing an excellent job. It's a game we're looking forward to; at the end of the day, we're doing ok ourselves at the moment and these are the games you want to play in."

He reiterated the difficulty of the test still ahead: "People will say you're there and they've got a game in hand, we know that, we're not stupid enough to think we're in second place and will stay there, because that's certainly not the case.

"We want to stay as high as we possibly can, we know it's going to be tough and we're under no illusions that there are other teams around there trying to knock us off our perch, but we know that and the good thing is our lads know that, we're not sitting here thinking the work is done."

Club top scorer Nicky Maynard (13 goals) is hoping that the team can make it a 100% record for January 2019: "We go into every game aiming to win, the lads are full of confidence. Even when we go a goal behind, we still think we're going to get chances to get into the game, and we've proved that."

The striker alluded to the fight for places: "It's the hunger and the competition; if you've got the shirt it's down to you to keep hold of the shirt and to do as well as you can. If you get chance to come off the bench or have the odd start, it's down to you to reclaim that shirt and there's a good competitiveness around. At the end of the day, everyone wants the same goals come the end of the season."

 

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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.

The game is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Referee

Dean Whitestone has been appointed by the EFL to take charge of Saturday's fixture at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.

The official has overseen twenty-six games already this season, brandishing seventy-eight yellow cards and three reds. Two of the red cards were produced in the same game for Yeovil Town players, as he was in charge for the Bury vs Yeovil game on the opening day of the 2018/2019 season. That tie is his only previous Bury game this season.

Dean has been in charge of two Lincoln City games so far, both ending with Saturday's visitors claiming 2-0 victories, over Cheltenham Town and Carlisle United.

We've Met Before

Ryan Lowe's side have the upper-hand in the head-to-head stats. The Shakers have a total of thirty-one wins, while Lincoln have won twenty-two matches, whilst twenty two games have finished all-square

In the last thirteen meetings, Bury have lost just two games to Lincoln City, however Danny Cowley's team won the last meeting earlier in the season.

Form Guide

Saturday's top of the table clash is a mouth-watering prospect! The overall league table has it down as second hosting first, whilst the form guide for the last ten games has it as second vs third, highlighting the form that the sides are in.

Bury have collected a total of twenty-two points from the thirty available, they are only second on goal difference after scoring twenty-one times and conceding on thirteen occasions. The Shakers have won seven from their last ten and haven't lost in five games, winning the last four, boasting a 100% record for 2019.

Lincoln have amassed twenty-one points and, like the Shakers, haven't lost since Boxing Day. Their goal difference is inferior by the one, scoring four less, but also only conceding ten.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Bury 3-3 Lincoln City

26 January 2019

A six-goal thriller ended with Lincoln City going home with a point, despite being penned into their half for large spells of the fixture. The Shakers were forced to come from behind three times to ensure that they have still only been beaten at home once all season.

After coming off the bench in Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy Quarter-Final victory, Nicky Adams was restored to the starting line-up as captain, with Neil Danns having to settle for a place on the bench. New signing Scott Wharton was also included in his first Shakers matchday squad, taking position alongside the likes of Danns, Moore and Lavery on the bench.

The league leaders took the lead inside the opening ten minutes. A ball forward was killed on a very damp pitch, subsequently seeing the ball under Stokes’ foot. Danny Rowe took full advantage of the mis-hap, racing away before slotting the ball in the bottom corner from the edge of the area, giving Murphy little chance of keeping the cool effort out.

Lincoln were hungry to double their lead. Akinde slipped the ball out to the right to Anderson, the City man hit a powerful strike at goal, but Murphy got his body behind the ball to keep the visitors’ number twenty-six at bay.

It only took the Shakers six minutes to hit back! O’Connell played a firm, crisp pass into the feet of Danny Mayor, who turned with the ball, laying it off to O’Shea. The midfielder took the ball in his stride, drilling a low effort beyond Smith from 25-yards.

The goal saw a swing in momentum, with the hosts throwing plenty of attacks at Lincoln. A corner was worked to O’Shea, who whipped a superb cross into the middle. Will Aimson was ready to nod home from 6-yards unmarked, but Jason Shackell was able to intercept, heading behind for a corner which didn’t end up testing the Lincoln defence.

Bury were certainly in the ascendancy, a dinked ball forward from Stokes saw Telford bring the ball under control brilliantly. The forward found Danny Mayor who then picked out McFadzean on the overlap, his dangerous looking low cross was dealt with at the near post by Lincoln.

Totally against the run of play, Lincoln re-took the lead midway through the first half. Cian Bolger powered the ball beyond Murphy following a Toffolo free-kick. Murphy got something on the ball, but the sheer power saw the ball into the roof of the net.

Sky Bet League Two’s best home team came straight back, O’Connell split the defence with a brilliant ball for Maynard, who opened up and struck a snapshot on goal, but Smith was behind it, collecting comfortably.

A swift counter-attack from Bury almost had them level. Jay O’Shea took the ball past numerous defenders before finding Maynard free inside the area. The forward tried to bend one into the top corner first-time, but unfortunately, he couldn’t curl his strike on target.

This evening’s captain Nicky Adams levelled the scores three minutes from the interval. Danny Mayor and Dom Telford played a smart one-two down the right, before the former dinked a ball into the middle. Steaming in from the right-hand-side, Adams volleyed the ball home in emphatic fashion.

HALF-TIME: Bury 2-2 Lincoln City

The first chance of the second period fell to the visitors. Akinde and Rowe linked up well on the right-hand-side, with the game’s opening scorer firing an effort into the side netting.

Another low ball was drilled into the middle from the Shakers, however Shackell was on hand yet again to clear the lines, preventing what looked to be an almost guaranteed goal.  

Just after the hour mark, the Shakers fell behind for the third time of the evening. McFadzean tripped Rowe inside the area after he burst beyond the defence. John Akinde stepped up, calmly sending Murphy the wrong way for a 3-2 lead.

The Shakers almost hit back immediately again. Telford held the ball up well, finding Mayor who played a one-two with McFadzean before curling an effort on goal. Unfortunately for Ryan Lowe’s side, the effort was pretty central, and Smith was able to catch the ball to keep his side a goal to the good.

Another chance fell the way of club joint top scorer Nicky Maynard. The ball was powered into Thompson on the edge of the area, who controlled the ball brilliantly. He then slid the ball to Maynard who mis-hit his effort, looping the ball over Smith’s bar.

The visiting defence was standing very strong. They were throwing their bodies on the line to block everything the Shakers had to offer with just minutes remaining.

This wasn’t the case for the remainder of the game, with Dean Whitestone’s final whistle still not sounding around a sodden Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. A corner from the right saw Will Aimson fight his way through the crowd to meet the ball, bulleting a header beyond a helpless Grant Smith.

Bury were never going to settle for a point, continuing to bombard the Imps defence after the equaliser. First Shackell had to clear one off the line, before Skipper Neil Danns, fresh from the bench, almost arrowed a strike into the bottom corner of Smith’s near post.

FULL-TIME: Bury 3-3 Lincoln City

 

Bury: Murphy (GK), Stokes (67’ Moore), Aimson, Thompson, O’Connell (82’ Danns), Nicky Adams (C), Mayor, Telford (76’ Lavery), McFadzean, O’Shea, Maynard

Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Miller, Cooney, Wharton

Lincoln City: Smith (GK), Shackell, Pett (76’ O’Hara), Frecklington (C), Toffolo, Bostwick, Rowe (70’ Roberts), Eardley, Bolger (45’ O’Connor), Anderson, Akinde

Unused Subs: Vickers (GK), Rhead, McCartan, Brown

Attendance: 5,169 with 917 from Lincoln. Thanks for your tremendous support on a damp evening!!

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Ticket News

Bury v Lincoln City Tickets

26 January 2019

Tickets for the Shakers' game against Lincoln City are now available on Eventbrite.

Saturday 26th January - Kick-Off 5.30pm

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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