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Preview: Bury v Oldham Athletic

19 August 2016

Bury v Oldham Athletic

Saturday 20th August 2016 – 3:00pm

EFL Sky Bet League One


Preview:  The Shakers head into the first of three local derby games on Saturday with only Neil Danns causing concern for the manager.  Whether he will take part in the game or not depends solely on the injury sustained midweek at Coventry City. Only time and work from physio’s Paul Morgan and Tom Walsh will see the already popular midfielder donning the new Kappa shirt.


Performances have, thus far, pleased David Flitcroft and his coaching staff.  Results, barring the Gillingham defeat (courtesy of an extremely lucky deflection), have gone as expected for the Shakers.  Win at home, draw away – it’s a recipe for success. 


A tough game at Coventry on Tuesday night brought the problem with Danns, but the performance from the rest of the squad more than made up for the swift change forced upon the gaffer on 16 minutes. 


Stats from Tuesday night showed that a win on the road will surely come soon, but the amount of shots on goal perhaps surprised many.  Tactics on the night were a major plus for the Shakers management, it worked perfectly and the point gained was certainly a huge improvement on last season’s outcome.


Every game is tough, none more so than a local derby game, but the gaffer has had Oldham watched on multiple occasions in recent weeks, even over pre-season.  The gaffer and his staff believe they have the necessary information to claim another three points at home.


The manner in which Charlton Athletic were dispatched surprised many outside of Gigg Lane and Carrington but the coaching staff fully expected three points and the lads duly delivered with an exceptional performance in front of their home fans. 


The lads do carry a real threat and have shown that home and away in the four games played so far. Clean sheets are also an important factor for the gaffer and signing a ‘keeper that kept a club record number of clean sheets – for Bradford City - last season is certainly helping with the performances and results.


The atmosphere should be tremendous tomorrow afternoon, with over 1,000 visitors making the short trip from Oldham and another busy afternoon at Gigg Lane is on the cards. Noise and passion from three sides of the ground is guaranteed but the result we all want will have to be worked for and earned and backing from the stands will give the lads that extra push.


Referee:  Stephen Martin from Staffordshire is in charge of Saturday’s game with the Latics. Since taking charge of his first Football League game in the 2010-11 season, Stephen has made 141 appearances as match referee, showing 295 Yellow cards and 13 Red cards along the way.


His last game came last weekend when he took charge of the Championship game between Brentford and Ipswich Town at Griffin Park. The game finished with a 2-0 win to Brentford and one Yellow card was shown.  Stephen’s last, and only, visit to Gigg Lane was on 23rd April 2016 when Millwall came to Bury. The match finished with a 3-1 defeat for Bury and four Yellow cards were shown. Saturday’s game will just be his seventh game as match referee for a Bury game but only his second at Gigg Lane.


Betting:  Bury are 19/20 favourite’s with Sky Bet to win Saturday’s Lancashire derby at home to Oldham. The Latics are 3/1 with the draw available at 12/5.


Last season’s corresponding fixture at Gigg Lane finished 1-1 and a repeat of that scoreline can be backed at 5/1. 


The Shakers are 2/1 in the Half-time/Full-time market and can be backed at 7/4 to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1. The home side are 21/10 to win to nil, while Bury to win and both teams to score is marked up at 100/30.


Five top tips:

1. Correct Score – Bury 3 Oldham Athletic 0 – 16/1

2. Tom Pope first goal and a 3-0 win – 55/1

3. Bury to win by 3 or more goals – 9/1

4. First goal from Nathan Cameron – 25/1

5. Bury to score in the first ten minutes – 6/1


Back the Shakers with Sky Bet, the official betting partner of Bury FC and EFL. Click here to enter the match day market with over 61 markets on the game.


Coverage:  We’ll have full match commentary via Shakers Player HD with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby in the Press Box and the lads will be on air from around 2:45pm. We’ll also have full coverage of the game with updates via our official Twitter account (@buryfcofficial) and we’ll have team news from the game available via Social Media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) at around 2:10pm.


Later, on Saturday evening, we’ll have our match report together with match action photos from our new club photographer Ross Cooke, video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game.


Sunday will bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 3pm.  We’ll also have the key comments, in text format, from the manager as well as introducing a new feature to the site where all the match day content will be linked from one handy page.


Programme:  The new-look match day programme will be on sale in and around the ground from around 1pm on Saturday so make sure you grab your copy early as the Charlton issue sold out before kick-off.


Tickets:  Category A Prices for this game. The full list of ticket prices can be found here


Cash turnstiles will be open from around 1:45pm. You do not need to buy a ticket before entering the ground. Home or Away supporters, paying on the day, can pay directly at the turnstiles using cash only. If you are paying by cash, then please use the ticket office.  We advise supporters to arrive early when using cards as queues do build quickly.


Previous meetings:  Saturday’s game is the 38th meeting between the two sides in all competitions with the Shakers just edging it with 12 wins.  Oldham have won 10 games with the remaining 15 games finishing all square. In terms of goals, Bury have scored 49 goals to Oldham’s 52 goals.


The game will be the 20th competitive fixture at Gigg Lane against the Latics with Bury winning six, Oldham three and ten games ending all square. Bury have scored 29 goals against Oldham’s 23.


Oldham’s last visit to Bury came on 29th August 2015. The game finished 1-1 to the visitors with Lee Croft opening the scoring on 23 minutes. Tom Pope grabbed the Shakers equalizer on 65 minutes.


Connections:  There have been a multitude of players representing both clubs, with the most recent being Peter Clarke.  Brian Turner, George Jones, Ian Robins, Tony Bailey, Gary Kelly, George Bradshaw, Peter McDonnell, John Platt, Ian Towers, Tony Bartley, Darren Beckford, Bobby Collins, Jimmy Collins, Bob Colville, David Cross, Tony Ellis, Mark Hilton, David Holt, Steve Hoolickin, Adrian Littlejohn, Bobby McIlvenny, Jimmy Munro, Steve Redmond, Paul Reid, Lee Duxbury, John Ryan and Derek Spence are amongst the other players.


And finally… Please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!



Enjoy the game!

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