A look ahead to Saturdays trip to Shrewsbury Town
Shrewsbury Town v Bury
Saturday, 4th February 2017 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Chris Brass has an abundance of options available to him, ahead of Saturdays six pointer at Shrewsbury Town, with new additions to the squad, players returning from injury and an inform striker who seems to be scoring for fun at the moment.
The club medical staff, at Carrington, have suddenly found their workloads reduced as more players return from injury and, with only three players currently under treatment, two of them long-term, the options now available to the manager are suddenly manyfold.
The Shakers are currently unbeaten in three games and with James Vaughan happily adding to his ever-increasing goal tally in all three games, including four goals against Peterborough, two at Port Vale and another strike last weekend against Walsall, his leap up the goal scoring charts shows no sign of slowing down. Now on a tally of 17 goals for the season – which isn’t that bad when you consider he wasn’t here at the start of the season and only made his Shakers debut in the sixth game of the season at Walsall.
Vaughan may be scoring the goals but, in recent weeks, Head coach Chris Brass has been quick to praise the suppliers of those goals. Tom Pope and Hallam Hope have both racked up their fair share of assists, supplying balls into the box for Vaughan to put away. Both players have shown strength in abundance and an eye for an accurate cross – or as Pope describes it, his wand…
One position Brassy which must fill is that of Tom Soares, who departed for AFC Wimbledon in the transfer window. Options are available to him with Scott Burgess, Kelvin Etuhu, Andrew Tutte, Jacob Mellis, Tom Walker, Reece Brown and Callum Styles all laying claim to the two centre mid positions.
Two defenders also joined the club on deadline day and, whilst they may both be youngsters, both Tom Beadling and Sylvain Deslandes arrive with a pedigree from Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively. Coupled with the arrival of goalkeeper Joe Murphy, from Huddersfield Town, last weekend – and the lads brought in prior to the transfer window deadline and you begin to see just the headache that Chris Brass must resolve.
Brassy’s easiest task is to probably name the strongest side he can, his biggest task will be to keep happy those who are not involved with the starting XI, or on the bench.
We saw a brief eight minute glimpse of Jermaine Pennant last weekend and he may get the nod to start the game whilst a certain new player-coach has already had an impact within the squad at Carrington. His presence alone is enough to raise the mood in any dressing room and he’s certainly done that in his first full week back at the club.
If memory serves us right, Ryan Lowe seems to like a goal or two at Shrewsbury, though it’s more than likely that his place is assured on the bench for the weekend’s game.
We are not quite at the ‘running out of games’ time of the season, but now is the time to start picking up points. Each game will become a “six pointer” as we head into them. A win is vital as nobody wants a gap between the bottom four and those outside it and three points on Saturday would see the Shakers overtake Shrewsbury, it’s obviously not just about one game but all three points is this weekend’s target and it will be the same next week only - with the Shakers facing two games in a week against Swindon Town and MK Dons, both at Gigg Lane – the target shifts. Points are the simple target, as many as possible and as quickly as possible.
New loanee Ryan Yates could make his Shrewsbury debut after signing on deadline day. The midfielder joined from Nottingham Forest on loan for the rest of the season and will be in Paul Hurst's squad to face Bury.
Striker Stefan Payne may also make his bow, having joined from Barnsley for the remainder of the campaign before Tuesday's deadline. Alex Rodman is fit again after a hamstring injury but Ajay Leitch-Smith remains side-lined.
Betting: Bury are 19/10 with Sky Bet to win Saturday’s League One clash at Shrewsbury Town, with the hosts 11/8 and the draw available at 12/5.
The Shakers beat Shrewsbury 2-1at Gigg Lane back in September and a repeat of that scoreline can be backed at 9/1.
Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 in the correct score group betting is 3/1, they are 7/2 to win by exactly one goal and 11/10 in the draw no bet section
Five top tips:
1. Bury to win the game – 19/10
2. James Vaughan first goal – 4/1
3. James Vaughan first goal and a 2-0 win – 40/1
4. James Vaughan and Tom Pope to both score – 7/1
5. Bury to score on both halves of the game – 11/4
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Referee: Saturdays referee is Mr Darren England and, thus far this season, Darren has taken charge of 27 games – showing 70 Yellow cards and 5 Red cards. His last game was on Saturday, 28th January when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game between Scunthorpe United and Port Vale at Glanford Park. Scunthorpe won the game 3-2 and only one Yellow card was shown.
Darren’s last game involving the Shakers was way back in August when he took charge of the Coventry City game at the Ricoh Arena during which two Yellow cards were shown.
Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby direct from the Press Box at Greenhous Meadow. 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).
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 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.
Tickets: Click here for full ticket details for this game
SLO Info: Information gathered by the clubs SLO ahead of the trip to Shropshire
Bury: Are there any known traffic issues en route to the Stadium?
Shrewsbury: On the approach down Oteley Road from the M54 construction work is ongoing in the area which might cause slight delays.
Bury: Is car parking available for Bury fans? If so, please provide details (where, how much etc.)
Shrewsbury: Limited parking is available from the Ticket Office, 01743 273943, at £10 but it must be booked in advance, before 1pm, on match day.
Bury: Is there Blue Badge parking available for Bury fans? If so, please provide details (how to pre book, how much etc.)
Shrewsbury: Full away disabled parking allocation gets sent to the away club to issue to their disabled fans.
Bury: Please give details of pre-match venue for Bury fans (on-site bar, away fan friendly pubs etc.)
Shrewsbury: The Brooklands (SY3 9JT) and Charles Darwin (SY2 6HN) are within a short(ish) walk of the stadium.
Bury: Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?
Shrewsbury: Sainsbury (SY3 9NB) on the retail park adjacent to the stadium.
Bury: What is the approximate distance from the train station to the Stadium?
Shrewsbury: 3.5 miles, there are shuttle buses from the bus station which is around the corner from the train station, if you fancy a few beers in town before the game.
Bury: What food and drink is available in the concourse at the Stadium?
Shrewsbury: Normal match day fare.
Bury: What is the postcode for Satnav users?
Shrewsbury: SY2 6ST.
Bury: Any additional information you think may be useful for our fans?
Shrewsbury: Enjoy your visit to the Greenhous Meadow.
Previous meetings: Saturdays game will be the 57th meeting since the two sides first met during the 1959-60 season. The Shakers hold the lion’s share of wins with 21 victories whilst Salop have won 17 games. The remaining 18 games have finished all square. As for goals Bury have scored 70 goals against Shrewsbury’s 67.
Of the previous 27 visits to Shrewsbury, Bury have won eight games whilst Shrewsbury have won 12 games. Seven games have finished as draws. Shrewsbury have scored 40 goals whilst Bury have scored 30.
Last time we met: This season’s reverse fixture at Gigg Lane finished with a 2-1 win for Bury with two goals from Danny Mayor.
Danny Mayor's second-half brace handed Bury a last-gasp victory at home to Shrewsbury.
Each side finished with 10 men as Bury striker James Vaughan and Shrewsbury centre-half Adam El-Abd were sent off either side of the break with the score still goalless.
Mayor then broke the deadlock with a 65th minute strike and although Ivan Toney levelled with a quarter of an hour remaining, Mayor struck again at the start of stoppage time to make it back-to-back home wins for the Shakers.
Bury had the better of the opening stages, with Zeli Ismail jinking down the right before cutting back for Mayor, who side-footed just wide.
Ismail then played a one-two with Jacob Mellis and cut back for Vaughan, whose goal-bound effort was blocked by Jack Grimmer.
Vaughan and El-Abd then clashed on 39 minutes, with both players being booked, and just two minutes later Vaughan caught El-Abd late, resulting in a second yellow card.
El-Abd followed him off on 52 minutes after bundling over Mayor for a second yellow, and shortly after the latter cut in from the left before firing into the top corner.
Shrewsbury replied as Joe Riley crossed for Toney to beat goalkeeper Ben Williams in the air and head home, but Mayor pounced from close range to seal victory at the death.
And, finally, again… at the request of the Chairman, Directors, Management and, especially, the Players… Please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!