Bury’s 108th season as a Football League club begins with a warm up at the now customary surroundings of Radcliffe Borough’s Stainton Park on Saturday (3:00pm).
It’s been around nine weeks since the Shakers have kicked a ball in anger, and although there will be no angry kicking of balls at Radcliffe, stiff legs will be loosened up with a good run out against a side that won against the other neighbours- Rochdale - on Wednesday evening.
Nobody will get 90 minutes; it’s doubtful nobody will get more than an hour – maybe even 45 minutes. Many of the trialists will not feature – there chance to impress comes with a training game against Celtic’s Under 21’s on Friday afternoon.
It’s the first chance to see two of the new additions to the squad. Adam Lockwood and Marcus Marshall will both get run out at some point. The experience of Lockwood and the pace and trickery of Marshall will be on show for all to see. The remaining two new additions – Lateef Elford-Alliyu and Trevor Carson – both known to all and sundry – will both feature at some point.
The four youngsters coming through the ranks will get a run out – though how the gaffer fits three goalkeepers into 90 minutes remains to be seen – unless one of them sits out.
There will be no work on tactics or any work on shape ahead of this game. Set plays won’t be touched and defensive plans will not be worked on. For Richie Barker – there’s only one aim – a run out, blow the cob webs off and get some minutes in.
The gaffer will still want to win the game, he wants to win all games – be it Radcliffe Borough, Crawley Town or Sheffield United – he wants to win every game. The players themselves want to win the game, start off in the right manner and keep it going.
Middlesbrough is a month away; Brentford a week longer – nothing is going to be decided at Stainton Park. Plans won’t be built on what happens on Saturday – it’s just a run out, blow the steam off, run the holiday off – but win the game.
It’s a good afternoon out, a chance to catch up with the lads and a chance to rekindle old friendships. It’s just a good afternoon out.
Footballs back – it’s been missed
Unfortunately there will be no full match commentary from Stainton Park – however, we will be sending regular updates, line ups and goals etc via our twitter feed – follow us now – @buryfcofficial
Match report, match action photos and all the usual reaction – video and text – will be live on Shakers Player and the new look official website at some point on Saturday evening and on into the weekend.
Prices for Saturday’s pre-season opener at Stainton Park have been confirmed as follows:-