All you need to know ahead of Saturday's EFL Sky Bet League One game at Gillingham
Gillingham v Bury
Saturday 13th August 2016 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: A confident Bury squad head down to Kent on Friday morning in fine spirits, despite their exit from the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening. With only George Miller missing the game, due to his injury, the Shakers will be keen on maintaining their 100% start to their league campaign, against a side in a very similar position after winning their opening game at Southend United last weekend by three goals to one. Ironically, they did the very same thing three days later, beating Southend 3-1, at Roots Hall, in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
The opening weeks of a new campaign, including pre-season, have brought a packed schedule of games with the lads playing seven games in the opening three weeks. It's something that irks the manager greatly and, with the added requirement of extra time on Wednesday evening, the lads are already feeling it. Thankfully, a successful pre-season campaign has raised fitness levels and all the players have the fitness and mental strength to compete. All this has, of course, been carefully planned and structured into the pre-season schedule but, no matter how much planning you can develop, it’s still a tough month - no matter who the opposition is.
Another area of concern that the manager and his staff have worked tirelessly on over the summer months was the Shakers dreadful away record of last season. With many players leaving and arriving over the summer, the gaffer has assembled a different type of player and, he now believes, he has the players that have the mental strength and capability to bring that away record to a halt.
Injury prevention is another area that the management have worked hard on and the introduction of former Shaker Paul Morgan as Physio, with only one player missing the game, things are already looking good. The same cannot be said, however, for Saturdays opponents though as Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh admits his squad is being stretched to the limit.
Bradley Dack and Max Ehmer are injury doubts ahead of their weekend clash with Bury after both picked up knocks on Tuesday night in the League Cup win at Southend. It’s the latest blow to Edinburgh whose side have endured a series of injury woes since returning from their summer break.
Aaron Morris, Lee Martin and Bradley Garmston are already out long-term and the Gills face an anxious wait before this weekend to find out the extent of the latest injuries. Ehmer was taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious and Dack limped off with a knee injury. Both had scans during the week and the Gills are assessing those ahead of the Bury match on Saturday.
Edinburgh said: “Hopefully, they are not serious (injuries) and they can both be back at the weekend, or if not, Tuesday. We will assess it. The squad is being stretched. It is able to cope at the moment but I am not sure how many more we can take.”
The Gills boss was able to make four changes to his starting eleven on Tuesday but those options to make changes are shortening. Edinburgh hopes to be able to make some more signings before the transfer window closes on August 31st.
He said: “We made changes and those boys who didn’t make Saturday were close. With the quality we have in the squad, we don’t think we are weakening it. We are going to need one or two more before the window closes – in defence and in midfield maybe – but we think we have great competition and that is paying dividends at the moment.”
However, the Gills have boosted their squad with the addition of former West Ham United midfielder Jamie O'Hara early on Friday.
Last season’s game at Priestfield brought a 3-1 defeat for the Shakers, despite Bury taking a fourth minute lead through Leon Clarke, but the Gills hit back within two minutes from Dominic Samuel and went onto win the game with further goals from John Egan and Emmanuel Osadebe.
With both sides on a 100% record going into the game, one of them (or both) could see that change come 5:00pm on Saturday
Referee: Saturday's referee is Brandan Malone from Wiltshire. Since his appointment to the Football League list in 2010-11, Brendan has taken charge of 176 games - showing 461 Yellow cards and 31 Red cards along the way. His last game was on Tuesday 9th August when he took charge of the EFL Cup game between Cheltenham Town and Charlton Athletic. Cheltenham won the game 1-0 and five yellow cards were shown. Last season Brendon took charge of 31 games, showing 80 Yellow cards and six Red cards.
Brendon has taken charge of just one Bury game since the 2010-11 season, a 2-1 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge on 28th September 2013 where William Edjenguele collected the only Yellow card of the game.
Betting: Bury opened their season with a 2-0 victory and a win to nil for them on the road at Gillingham can be backed with Sky Bet at 11/2.
The Shakers are on offer at 5/2 to win the game with the hosts 11/10 following their two 3-1 successes over Southend.
The draw is trading at 12/5 with over 2.5 goals 10/11 and both teams to score at 8/11.
Five top tips:
1. Gillingham 1 Bury 2 – 11/1
2. Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 - 7/2
3. First goal from Hallam Hope – 17/2
4. Zeli Ismail to score first goal and Bury win 2-0 – 150/1
5. Bury to score in the first ten minutes – 8/1
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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) as soon as we get it.
From Sunday morning, we’ll have our match report together with video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game. Sunday will also 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.
Ticket and Travel
Admission Prices are as follows:
Please note that prices increase by £2.00 on the day
Adult - £16.00
Senior Citizen - £16.00
Under 18 - £11.00
Under 12 - FREE (Max 2 per adult)
Additional under 12 - £6.00
Wheelchair Disabled - Age related (6 Pairs available)
Ambulant Disabled - Age related (helper free) - HIGHER RATE DLA OR ENHANCED LEVEL OF PIP
Tickets will remain on sale at Bury FC until 3:00pm Friday 12th August 2016
Dartford Crossing: If your trip involves the Dartford Crossing, then please click here for details of the toll and how to pay:
The Supporters coach will leave Gigg Lane at 7:45am with cost set at £32 for members and £34 for non-members.
For those making their own way to the game, the post code for Sat Nav is ME7 4DD
Gillingham’s visitors guide can be found here
Previous meetings: Saturday's game will be the 52nd meeting between the two clubs, the 26th at Gillingham. In terms of wins, Bury have recorded 21 wins against Gillingham's 20. The remaining ten games have finished all square. As for goals, it's 77 to Bury with Gillingham scoring 71.
As for Games at Priestfield, Gillingham have won 14 of the previous 25 games played, Bury have won just four and the remaining seven games have finished all square. Gillingham have scored 42 goals whilst the Shakers have scored 28 goals.
And finally, plenty of noise again from those travelling please – Be Loud – Be Proud – Be Bury!
Enjoy the game!