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Match Preview: Rochdale (A)

11 March 2016

Bury take on local rivals Rochdale on Saturday 12th March 2016, 3pm kick-off looking for three points and bragging rights.

The Shakers travel the short distance to Dale tomorrow, looking to bag their first win away from home since the end of January against their bitter local rivals.

The Shakers are currently on a fantastic 6 game unbeaten run at Gigg Lane, which has helped them rack up 48 points -  only 4 points away from their season goal of 52 points - which the management team hope will keep them in League One for next season, so will now turn to their form way from home.

They will not just settle for this goal and will be looking to finish in at least a mid-table position in the League especially if they can carry on their home form in the back end of the season while improving their home record, starting at Spotland tomorrow.

Bury manager David Flitcroft has stated that they want to break their recent away form at SPotland against Rochdale in a match that means more to the fans.

Speaking ahead of the match, he explained: “We want to, that’s something we are vying to do, but it’s been no different in any of the other games. 

“We’ve tried to set a game plan up, i’ve mentioned about respecting the point and not opening ourselves up and that’s something i don’t think i’ve done this season which I need to learn from.”

Tomorrow’s hosts are having a very similar season to their recently promoted rivals, currently sitting on the exact same points tally as the Shakers - 48 points - but can boast that they are one place higher than Bury due to goal difference.

The Shakers will still be without Joe Riley and Jacob Mellis who are receiving from back and ankle injuries respectively. Kelvin Etuhu is now close to a return although tomorrow’s game is expected to be too soon.

Tom Soares has been assessed throughout the week after surgery last week, and with his mask now fitted he is expected to be available for the game.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill is expected to name an unchanged side after Dale beat Coventry City away from home last weekend.

Entry is now available on the day at Spotland, however please bear in mind that it is CASH ONLY on the turnstiles at Rochdale.

Prices for the match are as follows:

Adult - £22.00 

65 & over - £16.00 

21 & Under (YP) - £16.00   

16 & Under (Junior) - £5.00

If you can’t make the match, don’t worry we will have live commentary of the match on Shakers PlayerHD from 2.45pm tomorrow afternoon.

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