A look ahead to Saturdays game with the Posh
Bury FC v Peterborough United
Saturday 14th January 2017 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Chris Brass is hopeful that more players will be available for selection come Saturday’s game with one or two players returning from injury. Whilst that elusive win is still being searched for, the added injection of four players to the squad, in recent weeks, does give the Shakers Head Coach something of a selection headache.
However, as Chris Brass admitted during the Shakers Player HD interview on Thursday, he wants the headache to be slightly bigger with more options available to him.
The addition of Jack Mackreth, Taylor Moore, Cameron Burgess and Reece Brown has brought the defensive cover in that was needed but supporters are yet to see Cameron Burgess in action as he arrived just too late to be considered for last weekend’s game at Scunthorpe United.
Having spent the week working his new players into the squad, Brassy is confident that better times are ahead for the club and with, hopefully, one or two injured players returning and more on the way in the coming weeks, the Shakers can soon be calling on more options when it comes to a Saturday afternoon.
Tom Soares will, again, miss this game following his two-game suspension after he collected a tenth Yellow card in the New Year game with Sheffield United, whilst Reece Brown will join Rob Lainton in making a second home debut for the club.
For new boys, Moore and Burgess, a full week on the training ground with their new team-mates will be just what the doctor ordered going into Saturday’s game with The Posh.
The first meeting between the sides, at London Road, earlier in the season, saw the Shakers take the lead through Zeli Ismail, but then suffered after a severe injury to Tom Pope and we saw a totally different performance once he was replaced early in the game.
Pope’s three broken ribs and punctured lung have healed but every Shakers fan knows the answer to the question that, if that same challenge is there to be made again, Popey is going in. That winning mentality, from the Shakers striker, is needed throughout the team.
Whilst players may return to the side, exactly who those players are, will remain out of the public domain – at least until the team sheet is revealed come 2pm on Saturday. A horrific run of injuries is, at last, showing signs of coming to an end, but there was a further blow with the news, last week, when it was revealed that Craig Jones may be out for a lot longer than was originally thought.
Whilst it’s never nice to see a player ruled out with a severe injury, it does give a chance to others. Four youngsters have been given that chance in recent weeks and who can deny them their place in the first eleven? Last week, a robust and challenging game, brought experience in the shape of former Shaker Stephen Dawson, and the youngsters will have learnt plenty about the game in that first half and, more importantly, just what is needed to carve a career out in the game. Lessons were learnt, we move on and we get on with it – using what you have learnt in that battle. The four youngsters involved will, again, feature, and they will improve from each game they play.
Peterborough's new signing, Dominic Ball, could be set to make his debut at Gigg Lane this weekend. The 21-year-old defender has joined Posh on loan from Rotherham until the end of the season and played in a reserve game on Tuesday.
Striker Junior Morias is available for the Sky Bet League One game after being cup-tied for the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup last Sunday and manager Grant McCann has no fresh injury or suspension concerns.
As for the weather – the pitch is covered. Eyes are being cast towards weather predictions overnight and what happens overnight. Hopefully, there will be no need to call a referee in to assess the pitch in the morning so all eyes on the weather then...
Betting: Bury are 5/2 outsiders with Sky Bet to claim victory when they host Peterborough on Saturday afternoon.
Posh are even-money favourites to return South with the three points and the draw is on offer at 13/5.
Both teams have scored in six of Bury’s last seven games and Sky Bet makes it odds-on at 8/15 that both teams find the back of the net in this match (11/8 they don’t).
Five top tips:
1. James Vaughan to score the first goal – 5/1
2. Tom Pope to score anytime – 2/1
3. Bury to win 3-0 – 40/1
4. Shakers 2-0 up at half time – 18/1
5. Bury to score in the first ten minutes – 7/1
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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. 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.
Later, on Saturday evening, we’ll have our match report together with match action photos from our new club photographer Ross Cooke, 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: The new-look match day programme will be on sale in and around the ground from around 1pm on Saturday so make sure you grab your copy.
Tickets: Category C Prices apply for this game – Click here for all ticket prices
Cash turnstiles will be open from around 1:45pm. You do not need to buy a ticket before entering the ground. Away supporters, paying on the day, can pay directly at the turnstiles using cash only.
The new ticket office area is behind the club shop on the club’s main car park.
Previous meetings: Saturday’s game is the 24th such meeting at Gigg Lane with the Shakers holding the lion’s share of victories with 14 wins, Peterborough have won on just four visits whilst the remaining 5 games have finished all square. In terms of goals, Bury have scored 41 goals (1.78 per game) compared to the Posh who have scored 20 goals (0.91 per game)
Referee: Saturday’s man in the middle is Mr Sebastian Stockbridge from Tyne and Wear. So far this season, Mr Stockbridge has taken charge of 25 games, showing 102 Yellow cards and four Red cards. His last game was on Monday, 2nd January when he took charge of Rochdale’s 2-0 win at the Bescot Stadium, with five Yellow cards shown.
Mr Stockbridge has previously taken charge of a Bury game this season, the 3-3 draw with Walsall at the Bescot earlier this season when five Yellow cards were shown during the game.
And finally…Please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!