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Match Preview: Cambridge United v Bury

23 November 2018

Bury and Cambridge United will face each other on Saturday in what promises to be an entertaining affair.

Despite Cambridge's league position, they have rallied over recent weeks to record three wins out of four, keeping clean sheets in all those recent victories.

Ryan Lowe's side are in fine fettle in front of goal, scoring an average of 4 per game, with 16 from their last 4 outings in all competitions.

There are a number of in-form players available to Lowe; add to that the return of Neil Danns (international duty) and Eoghan O'Connell (injury), and there are some selection decisions for the Bury boss.

The Bury manager is aware that the game won't be easy, and is concentrating on his own team and the dangers they can cause: "Cambridge are probably in a false position at the moment because they've got some good players and a good fanbase as well, who will certainly get behind them – it's not an easy place to go.

"Again, we'll always show the opposition respect, regardless of the league table. People say the league table doesn't lie, but we don't buy into that at all. What we do is show them the respect they deserve, we'll put a plan together and then ultimately it's about what we do".

Eoghan O'Connell, who made a sensational return to action last week with a stunning goal, is also well aware that the Shakers will need to be at their best to get anything out of the game "We've got a few wins in a row now and got a little run together, so we need to keep that going.

"It's going to be difficult because Cambridge are down near the bottom, and it's always difficult against teams like that. They'll obviously have aspirations to get better and get higher as well.

"It's going to be a very tough game and we're under no illusions about that; we're just looking forward to it!"

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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.


Saturday's referee is Chris Sarginson. Chris has taken charge of 18 games so far this season, issuing 55 yellow cards and 2 red ones.

His last game in charge was on Tuesday, as hosts Cheltenham Town beat Ebbsfleet in an FA Cup First Round replay. The Robins were 2-0 victors, with 4 yellow cards and 1 red card being produced in the game.

Chris has officiated the Shakers once already this season, as we drew 0-0 at Northampton Town in early October.


We've Met Before

Saturday's game will be the 28th meeting between the two sides. Bury have 12 wins to Cambridge's 9, with 6 games finishing in a stalemate.

Form Guide

The Shakers currently sit fourth in the away form guide from the last six games played, picking up 11 points from the 18 available.
In contrast, Cambridge sit 19th on home form from the last six played, with three defeats and a total of 7 points from the 18 available.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cambridge United 2-2 Bury

24 November 2018

The Shakers were frustrated by the 10 men of Cambridge, who came back from 2 goals down to level at 2-2. First-half goals from Jay O’Shea and Will Aimson were cancelled out by a goal either side of the break from Paul Lewis and Greg Taylor.

Ryan Lowe named the same starting side that defeated Stevenage 4-0 last weekend, with club captain Neil Danns back on the bench with Joe Adams. The pair were on international duty for Guyana and Wales under 19’s respectively.  

The hosts thought they should have had a penalty after 7 minutes. Reggie Lambe looked to put the ball into the middle from the left but Will Aimson was there to block the ball. Referee Chris Sarginson pointed for the corner, much to the disgust of the Cambridge players and supporters, who felt the Bury skipper used his arm to block the ball.

Byron Moore used his lightning pace to set a counter on the way from Murphy’s ball forward. He ran at the defence before slipping Maynard in, who pulled the ‘keeper out from his line. Maynard pulled the ball back to Nicky Adams who couldn’t chip David Forde, as he clawed the effort away.

Bury number 10 Danny Mayor was already displaying his brilliant tight ball control as he skinned multiple defenders before firing the ball across the box to Callum McFadzean. The wing-back got his effort on goal, but it was blocked before it could trouble Forde.

Cambridge almost took the lead through Paul Lewis. Jevani Brown found Lewis unmarked in the middle. Murphy showed off his cat-like reflexes as he parried the ball away as Lewis’ header from 10 yards couldn’t beat the Shakers’ shot-stopper.

Ryan Lowe’s men took the lead after 24 minutes through Jay O’Shea. The midfielder made it 3 in 2 as he benefited from some brilliant Danny Mayor work! The forward ran at the defence before pushing the ball to O’Shea, who made no mistake in firing home from the edge of the area.

The Shakers were two ahead as Will Aimson completed a Bury two-minute double, adding to O’Shea’s goal. Nicky Adams whipped a ball into the middle from the left and the ball deflected down to Aimson, who made connection with the ball using an outstretched leg, looping the ball over Forde and into the far corner of the net.   

Paul Lewis halved the deficit for the hosts as he reacted quickest in the box. Ibehre’s header was tipped onto the woodwork brilliantly by Murphy, but Lewis was there to jab the ball home, despite the best efforts of the Bury defence to get to the ball first.

After conceding, the Bury players reacted well. Byron Moore played the ball into Jay O’Shea who ran across the defence finding Danny Mayor. Mayor opened the ball up with his first touch, before driving an effort on goal, but Forde did very well to tip the effort round the post low down to his right.

HALF TIME: Cambridge United 1-2 Bury

Jabo Ibehre looked to fire the hosts level in spectacular fashion. A sharp turn on the edge of the box took the ball wide to the right. He smashed the ball on the half-volley, but it was always going over, not giving Murphy any problems between the sticks.

The hosts were down to 10 men 56 minutes into the encounter. The Cambridge goal scorer, Paul Lewis, received a second yellow after a tough challenge on Chris Stokes. Sarginson had no other option but to send the forward for an early bath!

Joe Dunne’s side almost drew level after 64 minutes. George Maris lifted an effort from the left, over Murphy looking for the far corner. Callum McFadzean was there on the line though, heading the ball clear to protect Bury’s one-goal cushion.

Nicky Maynard almost restored the two-goal cushion for Lowe’s side. Chris Stokes showed his passing range with a perfect ball over the top of the defence down the left into Byron Moore, who squared it to the forward. Maynard managed to make contact with the ball, but he could only find the post as Cambridge scrambled the ball away.

Telford threatened with his first touches of the ball. He received the ball in the box, but Deegan and Taylor were there to block the attempts, and then they cleared the ball and with it, the danger.

Cambridge levelled the scores through Greg Taylor. The ball fell to him in the edge of the box, and he rifled an effort into the roof of the net.

Despite plenty of late pressure from Ryan Lowe’s men, they couldn’t find the breakthrough as both sides had to settle for a point apiece.

FULL-TIME: Cambridge United 2-2 Bury


Cambridge United: Forde (GK), Carroll, Taft, Taylor, Deegan (C), Ibehre, Davies (88’ Dunk), Maris (70’ Osadebe), Lambe (70’ Amoo), Brown, Lewis

Unused Subs: Mitov (GK), O’Neil, Azeez, John

Bury: Murphy (GK), Stokes, Aimson, Thompson, Nicky Adams (C), Mayor, Styles (61’ O’Connell), Moore, McFadzean, O’Shea, Maynard (78’ Telford)

Unused Subs: Hudson (GK), Miller, Dagnall, Joe Adams, Danns

Attendance: 3,846, with 237 travelling Shakers! Thanks for your impeccable support this afternoon and we hope you had a safe trip home!!

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