The Shakers travel to the Wham Stadium tonight to take on Accrington Stanley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Bury start their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign on Tuesday night against Sky Bet League Two side Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.
Stanley are currently unbeaten in three games, however they have only won one game so far this season – a home game against Mansfield Town. This form has found them sitting 15th in the League after 5 games.
Accrington will be buoyed by the fact they took Hull City – who were recently relegated from the Premier League – all the way to penalties in the first round of the Capital One Cup, in what was a very impressive display by Stanley.
The Shakers are without a win in the League, but reached the second round of the Capital One Cup beating Wigan Athletic, before bowing out to in-form Premier League side Leicester City in a well fought display.
David Flitcroft has spoken of his admiration for Accrington Stanley and more importantly their loyal servant, Manager John Coleman, who Flitcroft believes does an excellent job keeping them in the Football League each season with a very small budget.
After the match on Saturday, he said: “For me what John Coleman has done for Accrington Football Club each year is nothing short of a miracle.
“He always produces young and hungry players, who always give everything for him and he does it on probably the lowest budget out of all the 92 Football League Clubs.”
The Shakers have a number of players that have missed out on recent games due to injury, including Christian Walton, Kelvin Etuhu, Leon Clarke and Danny Nardiello.
David Flitcroft gave us an injury update on these players after the League game against Oldham Athletic on Saturday: “Christian Walton has got a groin injury, he’s been struggling for probably a week. Therefore, we’ve sent him back to Brighton to the medical people down there.
“Kelvin Etuhu is having a scan on Monday so we’ll find out then, but we were hoping to have Leon Clarke back for today’s game, however his hamstring still hasn’t fully recovered, but he is at the end stage of the hamstring pull.
“It’s one step forward, two steps back with Danny Nardiello at the moment, we are hoping that we will see progress next week, but I can’t really give you an update at the moment.”
However, the Shakers will have Craig Jones and Ryan Lowe to call upon after the duo made an appearance from the bench on Saturday. The youth pairing of Jack Ruddy and Matty Foulds sat on the bench during the game, and are expected to do the same for tonight’s game.
Accrington Stanley have their own injury worries with a number of players being assessed before the match, but they may see the return of ex-Shaker Andy Procter who has sat out during the past couple of weeks.
Striker Shay McCartan and Defender Joe Wright will be unavailable for selection due to being away on international duty with Northern Ireland and Wales under-21s respectively.
John Coleman has also hinted that he will mix-up his starting eleven, giving appearances to players that haven’t seen much game time so far this season.
Tickets for the match are pay on the gate only, and priced at:
Adults - £10
Concessions and Students - £5
U12’s - £2
Fans who can’t get to the match can listen to live audio commentary of the match on Shakers PlayerHD. Written commentary will also be available on our twitter account (@buryfcofficial).