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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Bury

18 April 2017

A look ahead to this evenings derby game with Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers v Bury
Tuesday, 18th April 2017 – 8:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
 
Preview:  Easter Monday’s fixtures and results could not have been much better for the Shakers, with all sides involved in the relegation scrap losing points as only Shrewsbury came away with a positive result and a 1-1 draw at Northampton.
 
With Chesterfield and Coventry City now destined for League Two next season, Bury, Gillingham, Port Vale, Shrewsbury and Swindon Town are the five contenders set to provide the remaining two relegation spaces must be filled inside the next 13 days.
 
The mere fact that we find ourselves in a relegation dog fight is the biggest disappointment. After starting the season so well, going unbeaten throughout September with both manager of the month and player of the month trophies being delivered to Gigg Lane and going into October in 2nd position, with a chance of going top, it’s all gone horribly wrong.
 
The one positive, if you can call it a positive, is that it’s still in our own hands. The lads are more than capable of getting out of this and Tuesday evening will provide the first of three testing games with the Shakers making the short trip up to the Macron Stadium.
 
Lee Clark may be set to go with the same side and formation again as his options are pretty limited with injuries still the main problem. Craig Jones is out for the season, following his cameo role against Bradford, whilst Taylor Moore missed the Rochdale defeat with Paul Caddis stepping in at right back. It’s been the biggest problem all season, and it will go down in the history books as the story of the season, injury after injury after injury which have been mostly long term and mostly to key players.  From muscles stripped from bone to punctured lungs and groin tears we’ve seen them all this season. Lee Clark says he can fix the cause, but not until the end of the season, it’s pretty hard fixing a problem when it’s still in use but be assured plans are afoot to sort them out.
 
Antony Kay found himself on the bench for Thursday evening’s game with Rochdale, whilst a rare mistake from Joe Murphy, for which he was quick to apologise after the game, took away the points but it’s another local derby game which is the next test for the Shakers. Bolton away in a league game, it’s been missing for 19 years. A 4- 0 defeat, on our first League visit to Horwich, brought probably one of the worst Bury performances seen in many a year though, to be honest, there’s been a few since.  There are youngsters playing for Bury who were not even a twinkle in their mother’s eye the last time the two sides met in a league game but rest assured that they all know of the traditional meetings from conversations with staff, their peers, their families and friends.
 
Traditionally, this was the game Bury fans looked for first when the fixtures came out, that rivalry, the derby game and everything that goes with it. This game though has become something more important than the fact it’s a derby game. It’s a huge fixture for both sides, for differing reasons, it’s the next game and the three points are very much needed by both teams.
 
The four-day layoff was an advantage going into the Easter weekend, with most teams playing two games whilst the club has effectively been shut down though, it must be stressed, the lads have been in, training and preparing on each of those four days.
 
With other clubs having played twice, some games won, some games lost and some games drawn is it still an advantage having the four days’ in-between games?  We won’t know for sure until the end of the game. Three games – nine points – it’s in our own hands and now we are not relying on snookers or favours from other clubs.
 
The run in – remaining games

Sat 22nd April 2017
Bury v Northampton Town             
Gillingham v Fleetwood Town                        
Port Vale v Bolton Wanderers                        
Shrewsbury Town v Southend United                           
Swindon Town v Scunthorpe United                             
 
Tuesday 25th April 2017
Walsall v Port Vale
 
Sunday 30th April 2017
Charlton Athletic v Swindon Town                
Fleetwood Town v Port Vale                           
Northampton Town v Gillingham  
Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town
Southend United v Bury   
 
Referee:  Tuesday’s referee is Mr Simon Hooper from Wiltshire, and this game will be his 40th game of the season. 140 Yellow cards and three Red cards have been shown in his previous 39 games this season. His last game was on Thursday, 13th April when he took charge of the EFL Championship game between Wigan Athletic and Barnsley at the DW Stadium. Wigan won the game 3-2 and seven Yellow cards were shown.
 
His last game, involving the Shakers, was Lee Clark’s first game as manager when Bury came away from the Proact Stadium with a 2-1 victory. Three Yellow cards and one Red card were shown during the game.
 
Coverage:  We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby, direct from the Press Box at the Macron Stadium. The lads will be on air from around 7:45pm and we’ll also have full coverage of the game with updates via our official Twitter account (@buryfcofficial).
 
Team news will go live across all our social media platforms from around 7:00pm on Tuesday evening. Video Interviews with Lee Clark and a key player from the game will be uploaded as soon as we arrive home from the game and will be live at some point on Tuesday evening. Ross Cooke’s match action images will also be live on our official Facebook page at some point on Wednesday.
Wednesday will also bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 4pm.
 
Tickets:  This game is ALL TICKET and will remain ALL TICKET.  The decision to make the game all ticket WILL NOT BE REVERSED. Tickets are on sale until 12pm on Tuesday, 18th April. Click here for full details.
 
SLO Info:  Bury FC Away Fans Questionnaire

Bury:  Are there any known traffic issues en route to the Stadium?
Bolton:  A large crowd is expected so we advise fans to allow plenty of time to arrive.  We are located off Junction 6 of the M61.

Bury:  Is car parking available for Bury fans?  If so, please provide details (where, how much etc)
Bolton:  Yes, car parking is available for Bury fans.  They can use Car Park A at a cost of £7 per car, payable on entry.

Bury:  Is there Blue Badge parking available for Bury fans?  If so, please provide details (how to pre book, how much etc)
Bolton:  Yes, holders of a blue badge can park in the same car park for the same price – the spaces are located closest to the turnstiles.

Bury:  Please give details of pre-match venue for Bury fans (on-site bar, away fan friendly pubs etc)
Bolton:  Our recommended venue for visiting supporters is the Beehive, located at the top of the roundabout on Chorley New Road.  It is approximately a 20 minute walk from there to the ground.

Bury:  Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?
Bolton:  The nearest cash machine is on the Middlebrook Retail Park – i.e Asda and Tesco.

Bury:  What is the approximate distance from the train station to the Stadium?
Bolton:  The nearest train station is Horwich Parkway and is approximately a 5 minute walk to the Stadium.

Bury:  What food and drink is available in the concourse at the Stadium? 
Bolton:  The usual food and drink is available in the concourse.

Bury:  What is the postcode for SatNav users?
Bolton:  The postcode to use for the Stadium is BL6 6JW 

Previous meetings:  Tuesday evening’s game will be the 72nd such meeting between the two sides since we first met in the FA Cup way back in the 1894-95 season, Bolton won the game 1-0 on Saturday, 16th February 1895.
 
Of the previous 71 games, Bolton have recorded 30 victories with the Shakers close behind on 28 wins. The remaining 16 games have finished as draws. As for goals, it currently stands at 105 goals to Bolton with Bury just shading it with 106 goals.
 
The highest scoring game between the two sides was in the 1907-08 season when the Shakers came away from Burnden Park with a 6-3 victory, that result was also the Shakers highest victory. Bolton’s best result against Bury was our aforementioned first visit to Horwich during the 1998-99 season and a 4-0 win against Neil Warnock’s Bury.
 
Last time we met:  Monday, 24th October 2016 – Bury 0 Bolton Wanderers 2
 
Two Zach Clough penalties gave Bolton a 2-0 win over Bury, their first league victory at Gigg Lane since 1929.
 
The spot-kicks, which came either side of half-time, were both won and scored by Clough in the north-west neighbours' first league meeting in 17 years.
 
A fifth straight victory without conceding moved the team that finished bottom of the Championship last term into League One's top two. In contrast, the Shakers slipped to a fifth consecutive league defeat.
 
They fell behind just 13 minutes in. A route one counter saw Clough enter the box behind the Bury backline and he went down under pressure from ex-Wanderers defender Niall Maher, who spent more than a decade alongside Clough in the club's academy system.
 
It appeared a soft decision from referee Geoff Eltringham and Clough rolled the penalty down the middle to give the visitors an early advantage.
 
It could have been 2-0 moments later as Clough rounded goalkeeper Ben Williams when he flew out from his goal, but this time Maher was able to divert the ball behind with his head.
 
Aside from a couple of Sammy Ameobi attempts, there was little between the two sides but another Clough penalty increased Bolton's advantage 11 minutes after the restart.
 
He looked to move beyond Leon Barnett with some tricky footwork and was shoved to the ground by the physical centre-back, with Eltringham, again, deciding in favour of Clough, who tucked this one away into the corner.
 
Williams twice denied him a hat-trick with a sharp, low stop and another save which he pushed around the post, and Clough was substituted 13 minutes from time to curtail any hopes of a treble.
 

Archive Memories:  Tuesday, 12th August 2014 – Bolton Wanderers 3 Bury 2 (AET) League Cup
 
Championship Bolton needed extra-time to see off League Two neighbours Bury in the first round of the League Cup.
The Shakers held a shock lead for most of the match after striker Ryan Lowe tucked home Andrew Tutte's pass.
 
But forward Craig Davies equalised with an injury-time penalty before a Chris Sedgwick own goal and a Neil Danns free-kick put Bolton 3-1 up.
 
Defender Jim McNulty flicked home a free-kick to set up a tense finish but the home side held on for a nervy win.
 

And, finally, we know it’s a derby and we know that our fans won’t need much encouragement to get behind the lads but these three points could make a massive difference to our season so, again, on behalf of the Chairman, directors, management and most especially the players can we please ask all those Shakers travelling over to Horwich to get behind the team and make plenty of noise because you are the 12th man and your support really does make a huge difference so BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
 
Enjoy the game!
 

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