The Shakers are back on the road this weekend as they travel to Grimsby Town, looking to keep an unbeaten 2019 going!
Manager Ryan Lowe gave the club his thoughts in his pre-match interview, “Our main priority is Grimsby, we know it’s going to be a tough place to go, we know that, regardless of where they are [In the league table]. It’s something we’re looking forward to, because they’re a team that plays good football.”
Callum McFadzean was keen to acknowledge that Saturday will be a good test for him and the rest of his teammates. “It’s always a test, teams now are obviously doing homework on us and trying to stop threats. Every game’s a tough game.”
He also looked at the task ahead of him and Nicky Adams, who are closing in on a combined twenty assists, “It’s going to be a challenge, but me and Nicky are always up for a challenge!”
Grimsby Town’s View
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Last Time Out
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.
Even though previous games earlier in the season were streamed in the UK, after discussions between League Two clubs and the EFL in December 2018 it was agreed that for the remainder of the 2018/19 season that games in the international break this weekend, as well as the games played on Bank Holidays, will not be available to broadcast live to a domestic UK audience.
Anthony Backhouse will take charge of his thirty-fifth game this weekend, having previously produced a total of ninety yellow cards and five reds.
He has already taken charge of three Bury games so far this campaign, including the reverse of Saturday’s fixture, as the Shakers ran out 4-0 winners at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. It was a game which saw Danny Mayor score a brilliant goal that made the EFL’s shortlist for Goal of 2018. You can still vote for Danny HERE. His other games in charge of the Shakers were the 3-1 win at home to Fleetwood, and the 3-2 win at Morecambe.
As well as the previously mentioned reverse fixture, the Official has also taken charge of Grimsby’s 3-0 victory against Newport County.
The game between Bury and Grimsby in September was one of the two games Backhouse has opted against producing a card. He did, however, produce seven yellows and a red when Cheltenham Town were 3-2 winners against Macclesfield; it was ex-Shaker Nathan Cameron who received his marching orders.
We’ve Met Before
In seventy-two previous meetings, the Shakers have twenty-six wins compared to Grimsby’s twenty-nine. The sides have drawn on seventeen occasions.
Since the turn of the century, every meeting between the sides has come in League Two, with Bury only losing one of the last four meetings.
With our last fixture being postponed, the form guide reads exactly the same for the Shakers, who still top the table for the last ten games. There are seven wins and three draws for Ryan Lowe’s side. The former striker has the only team in the division to bag over twenty times in the ten games with twenty-two.
On the other hand, Grimsby are thirteenth in the table, winning and losing four games, drawing the other two. Michael Jolley’s side have amassed fourteen points in this period, but do sit on a negative goal difference of minus two.