A look ahead to Saturdays game with Bradford City
Bury v Bradford City
Saturday, 8 April 2017 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: With five games to go, our future is still in our own hands and, after several clubs did us massive favours in midweek, with virtually all results going for the Shakers, safety is close – but, and it’s a very big but – there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Lee Clark will probably never admit to knowing a point tally he wants. Does he demand six points? Does he demand five points or does he demand three points to secure that safety level? It’s safe to say that Lee Clark will go into the remaining five games demanding three points from each game.
Clark is boosted by the return of several players into the first team squad. Cameron Burgess has returned from his international duties with Australia, Reece Brown has recovered to take part in every training session this week and, perhaps, most important of all, Craig Jones is now at the point where he’s knocking on the door. Will he start? Will he find himself on the bench? Lee Clark knows…
For others though, it’s not so good news as we now know that Zeli Ismail and Danny Mayor will not don a Bury shirt again this season. Both have been given targets to achieve and neither player has their target anywhere in sight. It is better, in the long run for both to return to pre-season training ready to go and fighting for fitness. Sadly, though, for both players, their season is over.
One name missing off that list of injured players and who may yet play a part this season is Nathan Cameron who has been given the all clear to train by the specialist. He’s missed the majority of the season but he may yet make a cameo appearance before, or even at, Southend. Like Mayor and Ismail, Nathan Cameron has been sorely missed and his return would boost any squad.
The weekend off has been used to good effect and the coaching staff have been out scouting whilst the players enjoyed a rare long weekend off. Rest and relaxation was the by-word, as they face the toughest time of the season or, what has become known by some as, the business end of the campaign.
Over the coming three weeks, various permutations will be decided up and down the land. Who goes up, who goes down, who extends their seasons via the lottery of the Play-offs but the Shakers have one target in mind and that is League One safety.
There was no sign of that during our last run out, a horrible evening in Oxford that’s probably best forgotten. Lee Clark sees it as a blip publicly, but you can bet that he learnt plenty about his squad following a heavy defeat, in fact, probably more than he learnt following a win.
Saturday’s match promises to be a noisy one with Bradford heading to Bury backed by a sizeable following and Stuart McCall has been handed a double injury boost ahead of the trip to Gigg Lane.
The Bantams, who scraped past Walsall last time out to retain a spot in the top six, have been boosted by the continued recoveries of Matthew Kilgallon and Alex Gilliead and whilst neither player is expected to be fit to face Bury, both have stepped up their recovery plans and are expected to return before the end of the season.
Nicky Law made his return from a knee injury on Saturday and could return to the starting line-up, while Nathaniel Knight-Percival also came through the game unscathed.
Betting: Bury are battling to get clear of the relegation places and can be backed at 13/5 at Sky Bet for a welcome three points at home to Bradford.
The Bantams are looking good for a place in the Play-offs after just one defeat in their last nine games and are 21/20 for victory.
The draw is on offer at 12/5.
Five top tips:
1. James Vaughan first goal and a 2-0 win – 55/1
2. Bury 2 Bradford City 0 – 18/1
3. First goal James Vaughan – 4/1
4. Callum Styles to score inside the first ten minutes – 33/1
5. Tom Pope and Callum Styles to both score – 12/1
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Referee: Saturday’s referee is Mr Trevor Kettle from Rutland.
So far this season, Trevor has taken charge of 31 games – showing 129 Yellow cards and six Red cards. His last game was on Saturday, 1st April when he took charge of the EFL Sky bet League Two game between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United at Huish Park. Carlisle won the game with one Yellow card and one Red card shown.
His last game involving the Shakers was on Saturday, 25th February, when he took charge of the Shakers 1-0 win at Charlton Athletic. His last visit to Gigg Lane, as match referee, was the final game of last season when he took charge of the Shakers 3-2 victory over Southend United. Two yellow cards were shown on the day.
Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby. The lads will be on air from around 2:45pm 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 2pm and, later on Saturday evening, we’ll have our match report together with match action photos, from our club photographer Ross Cooke, together with 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.
Programme: Available in and around the ground from 2pm, 72 pages for £3.00
Tickets: The game is ALL TICKET FOR AWAY SUPPORTERS. Tickets WILL NOT be sold to visiting supporters on the day of the game.
Cash turnstiles will be open from around 1:45pm and you do not need to buy a ticket before entering the ground.
2017-18 Season tickets and tickets for the game at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, 18th April will both be on sale from the rear of the club shop at the Ticket Office windows.
The club shop will be open from 12:00 noon
Last time we met: Saturday, 31st December – Bradford City 1 Bury 1
Bradford staged a second-half fightback but were held to their fourth successive draw by struggling Bury, who are without a win in 14 matches.
The visitors, who ended a run of 12 defeats in a row with a goalless stalemate at Fleetwood on Boxing Day, went in front after 39 minutes when Scott Burgess latched on to a long through pass and lobbed the ball over the advancing Colin Doyle.
The goal came less than minute after Jordy Hiwula had missed Bradford's best chance.
Left-back Matt Kilgallon's cross was helped into his path but the on-loan striker saw his close range shot blocked.
Bradford began the second half brightly and deservedly equalised after 52 minutes, moments after Doyle had saved Burgess’ volley at the second attempt.
The ball was quickly cleared up field for James Hanson to head the ball into path of Hiwula. Rob Lainton saved Hiwula's shot but could not hold the ball and Nicky Law fired the rebound into the net to level the scores.
The home side continued to dominate but could not turn pressure into goals and substitute Mark McNulty twice missed good chances after Hanson headed the ball into his path and the tall striker also provided chances for Law and substitute Haris Vuckic, but their shots were off target.
Archived Game: 19th January 2010 – Bury 2 Bradford City 1
Bury held on for a win against Bradford to lift themselves into the League Two automatic promotion places. Mike Jones put the home side ahead after he latched on to a David Worrall cross and scored from close range.
Bradford drew level when Bury defender Efe Sodje scored an own goal following Michael Boulding nodding a ball across the home goal. A Ryan Lowe penalty for Bury after Matt Glennon had brought down Stephen Dawson sealed a win for the home side.
Finally, with only three more home fixtures including today and, once again, at the request of the Chairman, Directors, Lee Clark and his coaching staff and, most especially, the players… please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!