Shakers looking to end pre-season and get back to winning ways
Richie Barker will spend next week concentrating on Middlesbrough, the final stages of pre-season are upon us with a Capital One Cup clash against the Boro the carrot at the end of the stick.
First up though is Bradford City, managed by a former Shakers legend in Phil Parkinson. A tough test to finish the pre-season campaign and probably the one game where Richie Barker will field his strongest side, which thus far, hasn’t been seen.
The previous games have all been about minutes on the pitch as the lads build up their stamina levels and get that match fitness back upto scratch. We’ll see more of the same on Saturday, but more players will get the full 90 minutes in with the number of subs used cut down.
Shaun Harrad obviously looks to have played his last game for the club for this season after joining Cheltenham Town on a season long loan earlier today. The move came as a shock and probably the biggest surprise we’ve seen. Harrad’s departure though leaves the manager with a choice – who partners Andy Bishop at the sharp end – Lateef Elford-Alliyu or Lenell John-Lewis.
Lateef’s stunning goal against Birmingham City on Tuesday evening will probably see him take the shirt. Lenny’s strength is a major positive for him to claim the shirt. However, Thursday night’s game against Wigan Athletic brought a sudden appearance of trialists Jordan Rugg – who according to one of the players – ‘knows where the back of the net is’.
Another option of course is to go with one up top, leaving Andy Bishop isolated at the sharp end with wingers and pace added to the attack.
We’ll have a better idea come 3:00pm on Saturday when the Shakers take to the field at Bradford.
No injuries is the key word coming out of Gigg Lane, apart from the usual blisters and slight aches. Hopefully it will remain the same for next weekend.
Coverage: Full Match Commentary will be available on Shakers Player with Gordon Sorfleet and Maurice Dickson. Our full match report will be live on Saturday evening whilst video reaction from the manager and key players will be available on Shakers Player late on Saturday.
Admission: Adults £10.00, all concessions £5.00