A look ahead to Saturdays short trip to Oldham
Oldham Athletic v Bury
Saturday, 11th March 2017 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Backed by a sizeable crowd of at least 1300 travelling supporters, Lee Clark will be hopping the noise from those attending the game will provide the impetus to claim all three points as the Shakers make the short trip over to Boundary Park to face Oldham on Saturday.
With several long term injuries - though it has to be said they won’t include Danny Mayor, Zeli Ismail or Nathan Cameron – now, suddenly, available to the manager, Lee Clark’s options have increased with players vying for a starting berth or a place on the bench.
Shakers skipper Antony Kay may face a struggle to get back into the side given the form shown by young loanee Tom Beadling which has been more than enough to give Clark some headaches as he looks to keep changes, within the team, to as few as possible.
As we’ve had in previous weeks, options at the top end of the pitch are plentiful with five strikers fighting it out for the two starting positions. James Vaughan, Tom Pope, Ryan Lowe, George Miller and Hallam Hope have all impressed Lee Clark and with four of them finding the back of the net in recent weeks, it means that selection headache of his may continue to grow.
Kean Bryan is, according to Alan Thompson at the Q & A on Thursday evening, now also available for selection along with the fit-again Andrew Tutte. Kean Bryan has had something of a stop start season, sent off in the local derby game at Rochdale before suffering a ruptured thigh muscle during a behind close door game at Carrington as he was attempting to keep fit whilst suspended. Andy Tutte, meanwhile, has recovered from a slight hamstring tear he sustained recently and is currently one of three players fighting it out for the Sky Bet League One “Goal of the Month” for February.
With recent media reports suggesting that up to four players could be heading out of the Carrington gates for the final time fairly soon, it’s reasonable to say that none of those players will be involved at Oldham on Saturday.
Derby matches are the type of games that bring supporters out and on to the road and this Saturday certainly seems to be the case with a huge contingent of the Shakers faithful making the short trip to Oldham. That support has certainly impressed Lee Clark since his arrival and there’s no more telling response to the lads getting a standing ovation after last weekend’s game with Gillingham and despite losing the game, there can be no arguments that the effort was there and, but for a little more luck in front of goal, we could have been claiming three points instead of none at all.
The gaffer believes supporters have a large part to play in the outcome of Saturdays game at Oldham and asks that everyone gets right behind the lads from the first minute to the last though, in truth, he doesn’t need to ask, because its more or less a given that it will happen.
There is always a certain level of excitement about these games and the players have exactly the same feeling and emotions going into games like this and there is no doubt that looking around Carrington this week the lads are certainly fired up for this one.
With James Vaughan now on the 20 goal mark and the fact that his wife gave birth, to a baby girl, earlier this week it gives the Shakers striker something else to celebrate – so expect a ‘Welcome to the new baby’ goal celebration at some point if he does find the target on Saturday.
Apart from some local bragging rights there is also the small matter of the league position of both sides to contend with. The Shakers currently sit a point ahead of Oldham having played the same number of games so the chance to increase the gap is there to be taken and, with both sides under new management in recent weeks, it does give the game that extra little edge.
Oldham will be missing Brian Wilson and Lee Croft for the Sky Bet League One encounter with Bury. Both defender Wilson and midfielder Croft were dismissed in the 2-0 loss to Walsall last weekend, and the former will serve a one-match suspension while the latter will miss Latics' next three fixtures.
Otherwise, Latics boss John Sheridan has no new injury concerns, though Cameron Dummigan (hamstring) and Charles Dunne (pelvis) are still missing but we must note that the Latics have lost just one of their last seven at SportsDirect.com Park ahead of the Shakers visit.
Betting: Bury are 2/1 with Sky Bet to make it three away wins in a row when they make the short trip to Oldham on Saturday.
The Latics are 7/5 and the draw 11/5. The Shakers won 1-0 at Charlton two weeks ago and a repeat of that score can be backed at 7/1.
Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 is 11/4 in the correct score group betting, while they are 4/1 to win to nil and 7/2 to win by exactly one goal. Striker James Vaughan has 20 goals this season and is 4/1 to get the first goal of the match and 6/4 to score at any time.
Five top tips:
1. Bury to win the game – 2-1
2. James Vaughan first goal – 4/1
3. Tom Pope first goal and a 3-1 win – 120/1
4. James Vaughan and Ryan Lowe to both score – 7/1
5. Tom Pope and Ryan Lowe to both score – 10/1
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Referee: Saturdays referee is Bond, Mr Darren Bond, from Lancashire. So far this season, Darren has taken charge of 30 games, showing 96 Yellow cards and five Red cards.
His last game was on Tuesday evening when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet Championship game between Huddersfield Town and Aston Villa. The Terriers won the game 1-0 and seven Yellow cards were shown.
Darren’s last game involving the Shakers was on Tuesday, 20th October 2015 when he took charge of Bury’s 2-1 defeat at Bradford City with just two Yellow cards shown during the 90 minutes.
Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby direct from the Press Box at Oldham and 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 our match report from the game will be live at some point on Saturday evening, with our video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game live late on Saturday evening. Ross Cooke’s match action images will also be live on our official Facebook page at some point on Saturday evening.
Sunday will also bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 12pm. We’ll also have the key comments, in text format, from the manager.
Tickets: Click here for full ticket details for this game. Tickets can now be bought on the day at Oldham.
SLO Info: SLO info to follow
Previous meetings: Saturday’s game is the 39th such meeting between the two sides since we first met in competitive action on 17th December 1910, which resulted in a 2-2 draw at Gigg Lane in what is now more commonly known as the Premier League. Bury’s goals coming from Tom Kay and Billy Hibbert in front of a crowd of 9,000.
Of the previous 38 games, Bury have won 12 with Oldham claiming maximum points on 11 occasions. The remaining 25 games have finished all square. As for goals, Bury have scored 49 with Oldham claiming 53 goals.
Last time we met: Saturday, 20th August 2016 – Bury 0 Oldham Athletic 1
Oldham claimed a 1-0 win at local rivals Bury to register their first League One victory of the season.
The Latics had failed to score in their first three league games but took an early lead through Leon Barnett's own goal. Bury pushed for an equaliser but substitute Nicky Clark missed their best chance with five minutes remaining.
Oldham's early breakthrough came as Paul Green's cross deflected in off the head of Bury debutant Barnett. The hosts replied with Danny Mayor firing wide but Latics' Lee Erwin then had a low shot superbly turned onto the post by keeper Ben Williams.
Erwin went close twice more before the break and Oldham continued to press after half-time, with Green firing over. Bury finished strongly, with Clark seeing a close-range effort blocked by keeper Connor Ripley.
Ryan Flynn then broke, only to see Williams turn his shot wide, before Mayor exchanged passes with Zeli Ismail to square for Clark, but the Scottish striker scuffed his shot wide from six yards as Oldham held on for a welcome win.
Archive Footage: Saturday, 23rd January 2016 – Oldham Athletic 0 Bury 1
Leon Clarke's 16th goal of the season saw Bury beat Oldham, who extended their winless home run to 13 games.
Bury took the lead early on when Clarke capitalised on James Wilson's inability to deal with Danny Pugh's high ball and fire home from close range.
Oldham keeper Joel Coleman denied Clarke a second, before Andrew Tutte fired a volley just wide.
The home side piled on pressure after the break, but Bury's Ian Lawlor pulled off two smart saves to secure the win.
Oldham manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Manchester:
"I know they're going to give me effort, but effort's not good enough is it?
"We've got to create opportunities because we've got to score goals to win games.
"It's hard for the supporters, I know it is. We look vulnerable"
Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:
"Extremely proud of a fantastically battling performance.
"It's been difficult on the road over the last month to six weeks.
"It was always going to be a tough game but our fans really diffused that."
And, finally…The Chairman, the Directors, Management and Players have, once again, issued a rallying call to all Shakers supporters to get behind the team. An astounding 50% plus of our loyal home following will be making the short journey over to Boundary Park so please get behind the lads and make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!