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Match Preview: Port Vale (H)

18 September 2015

The Shakers take on Port Vale at Gigg Lane on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, looking to make it 4 wins in a row and push themselves up the table.

Bury will face the Valiants tomorrow afternoon in Sky Bet League One knowing that three points could catapult the side into the play-off places, if other results go their way.

 

Although it is very early on in the season, this would be a marker of how far the club has come since current Chairman Stewart Day took over the reins - at the time the club were fighting to stay in the Football League.

 

Port Vale have now established themselves as a League One side after promotion to the League three seasons ago, but pressure is now on for them to push onwards during Rob Page’s first full season in charge.

 

Under Rob Page who took over from Micky Adams in September 2014, the side managed to guide themselves away from the relegation battle for a majority of the season before finishing 18th.

 

They have made an encouraging start to the season currently sitting 14thin the League having won two, drawn three and lost two, however they are yet to pick up a win away from home this season.

 

Bury themselves will be looking for their first home win of the season against the Staffordshire side, but with two wins on the road in a row, the odds are stacked in their favour to end that statistic.

 

This will have been the first fixture summer signing Tom Pope looked for when he signed for Bury from the Valiants on a free transfer in June, and he will looking to get one over his old employers tomorrow afternoon.

 

The Shakers are without a number of key players including Andrew Tutte, Kelvin Etuhu, Ryan Lowe, Danny Nardiello and Keil O’Brien, but they will still field a strong side with a good balance within the squad.

 

Port Vale will be without Michael O’Connor and Chris Neal, but Saturday may see the return of veteran midfielder Michael Brown who has not been involved for the last four Vale games.

 

The game is a Category B for tickets.

 

Shakers PlayerHD will have live audio commentary of the game from 2.55pm.




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