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Match Preview: Gillingham (A)

13 November 2015

The Shakers will take on Gillingham tomorrow afternoon at Priestfield Stadium in Sky Bet League One, 3pm kick-off.

Bury travel to Gillingham on Saturday, 14th November, kick-off 3pm, looking to carry on the recent form that has seen them score 4 goals in their last two matches. Additionally, the Gill’s blip in form that has seen them stay winless for their last 4 matches may help Bury travel back to Lancashire with 3 points.

However, they are above the Shakers in Sky Bet League One, sitting third in the League just below the two automatic spots. Although, Bury are on their tails sitting only 4 points behind them, sixth in the League after a brilliant start to their campaign.

The game will be one of Bury’s biggest tests so far with Gillingham having one of the best home records of the League, which has been helped by them staying unbeaten at Priestfield so far this season. 

The Gills have scored 20 goals at home this season which is the best goalscoring record in the league going into Saturdays clash, they also have the lowest amount of goals conceded in the league, however Bury do have Leon Clarke one of the leagues top scorers available with 7 goals alongside Tom Pope and Danny Rose with 5 goals each.

The Shakers’ strikers will be helped by in-form full back Chris Hussey, who is boasting the best assist tally in the league from a single player with 7. Hussey will also be buoyed by the signing of a new contract, therefore he will give Gillingham a tough test at Priestfield. 

Bury Manager David Flitcroft believes that Chris Hussey has become the best left back in the league due to the hard work he himself and the coaching staff have put in on the training pitch.

Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD David Flitcroft said: "The work that Ben Futcher has put into Chris Hussey and the work Chris Hussey has done has made him a different person to the one that arrived two years ago. 

"He's earned the contract and he's delighted, he's the best left back in the league defensively and offensively and a really important part of us winning football matches."

Gillingham go into the game with Brennan Dickenson available again after serving a 1 match suspension and defender Adedeji Oshilaja could feature after being eased back into the Gill's side. Manager Justin Edinburgh is set to make changes to his side though due to the Gill’s recent poor run of form. 

David Flitcroft is still missing a number of key players for the trip to Kent with Rob Lainton, Kelvin Etuhu and Andrew Tutte all missing out, with a number of other first team players still awaiting a return to action. With Jack Ruddy and Daniel Bachmann both on international duty Paddy Kenny is set to make his first appearance for the Shakers since April 2002. 

Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD recently Paddy Kenny spoke of his return to football: "I didn’t know whether that was me finished as I was sat at home for three or four months. Nothing came about that I fancied and then when i got the call for Bury straight away I got a buzz and I wanted to carry on."

Written by Andrew Gate, a student at The Football College located in Gigg Lane.

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