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Match Previews

Match Preview: Grimsby Town vs Bury

22 March 2019

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 

Click to view the Grimsby Town website. 

Last Time Out 

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.

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.

Form Guide 

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. 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Grimsby Town 0-0 Bury

23 March 2019

Ryan Lowe named one change to the starting eleven from the 1-0 win at Stevenage as Danny Mayor, fresh from becoming a parent, replaced Club captain Neil Danns, who was on international duty with Guyana.

The Shakers got off to a good start. Eoghan 'Connell dinked a high ball into Jay O'Shea who hooked it back across goal, but unfortunately, the cross evaded a Bury head.

It was a scrappy affair, and after the opening twenty minutes both sides were struggling to get a real grip on the tie and couldn't keep possession for any spell of time.

Both sides were attacking one another though, with the Shakers getting joy down the wings, while Grimsby were restricted to long-range efforts on Joe Murphy's goal.

Despite a cagey opening to the game, the Shakers began to show why they're closing in on one-hundred goals this season. Nicky Maynard held the ball up well in order to complete a one-two with O'Connell who tried to slip an effort into the bottom corner, but James McKeown was equal to the effort.

There was a test for McKeown as Nicky Adams stood over a free-kick on the left-hand side. He whipped a delivery towards the back stick, giving the Grimsby 'keeper something to think about as he had to come and collect the ball.

The hosts continued having problems when Bury got at them down the sides, this time, a free-kick allowed Adams in on the left. His cross was a good one, but McKeown and his defenders managed to scramble the ball away.

Harry Clifton looked to launch a stoppage-time counter-attack. He charged into a perfect position, but his pass across goal was nowhere near his supporting teammates, leading to the half ending goalless

HALF-TIME: Grimsby Town 0-0 Bury

It was a quick start to the second half from the Shakers, with Grimsby only just keeping their clean sheet intact early on as Scott Wharton almost had the chance to fire home, but the hosts just about managed to clear the ball.

The opening quarter of an hour in the second period saw more action in and around the area from both sides, however, both were struggling to create a chance to break the deadlock.

The Shakers almost made the breakthrough as we entered the final twenty. First, a cross from Caolan Lavery was almost chested into his own goal by Harry Davis. The resulting corner saw the ball fall to Maynard. Bury's top scorer unleashed a fierce strike, but McKeown just about did enough to palm it away.

A quick Grimsby counter saw the ball played to Jake Hessenthaler, who blazed an effort high over Murphy's bar.

Grimsby came close to breaking the deadlock in the final ten with a spectacular effort. Charles Vernam drove at the Bury defence, before firing a long-range effort on goal. Murphy was beaten, but thankfully the shot was just wide.

Gold Omotayo came close to heading home from close range, he got onto the end of a Byron Moore cross, but unfortunately, his header looked to be deflected over the bar.

FULL-TIME: Grimsby Town 0-0 Bury

Attendance: 4375 with 691 travelling Shakers, thanks for your tremendous support today!

Grimsby Town: McKeown (C)(GK), Hall-Johnson (89' Collins), Ring, Ohman, Hessenthaler, Cook (62' Vernam), Clifton, Woolford, Davis, Hendrie, Thomas (76' Rose)

Unused Subs: Russell (GK), Dennis, Grayson, Pollock

Bury: Murphy (GK), Thompson, O'Connell, Adams (C)(64' Moore), Mayor, Rossiter, Wharton, McFadzean (85' Cooney), O'Shea, Lavery (77' Omotayo), Maynard

Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Stokes, Aimson, Hulme

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Ticket News

Away Details: Grimsby Town

20 March 2019

Ticket and travel details for Grimsby Town away...

Grimsby Town v Bury

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Sky Bet League Two

Kick-Off: 15:00


Adults: £19.00

Juniors Accompanied (14 & Under): £5.00

Juniors Unaccompanied (12-14 Years): £7.00

Young Adult (15 to 18): £12.00

Senior Citizens (65 & Over): £12.00

Students (with a valid NUS Card): £12.00

Ambulant Disabled: Age-related as above, Carer free of charge

Wheelchair and Carer: Age-related as above, Carer free of charge (Only 4 Wheelchair & Carer tickets available)

The fixture is no longer ALL TICKET and Bury supporters will be able to pay on the day at an increase of £2.00.


The last day for postage will be noon on Tuesday 19th March.

Tickets will remain on sale until 2 pm on Friday 22nd March.


Coach Details

Members: £12.00

Non-Members: £14.00

The coach will depart from the Club Shop at 11:30 am on Saturday 23rd March.

Supporters wishing to book onto the coach can contact the Ticket Office on 0161 764 4881 (option 1).


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