Woking v Bury: Emirates FA Cup First-Round, Sunday 5th November, 2pm Kick-Off...
With Ryan Lowe at the helm after the departure of Lee Clark and Alan Thompson, the Shakers will certainly be looking to get their new chapter off to a good start and also improve on last season's FA Cup campaign, which came to an abrupt ending after a 5-0 hammering at the hands of AFC Wimbledon in a first-round replay. The defeat brought an end to Bury's FA Cup hopes and David Flitcroft's reign as Manager.
The Club and fans alike will be hoping for a cup run similar to that of the 2015/16 season when The Shakers reached the fourth-round and were rewarded with a home tie against Championship side Hull City. Bury put in a good performance and gave it their all against the former Premier League side, but, unfortunately, it wasn't enough, as a hat-trick from Chuba Akpom secured a 3-1 win and sent the Tigers through to the fifth-round.
Woking find themselves in the first-round of the cup after scraping past Concord Rangers in extra-time. Woking Manager Anthony Limbrick, says he can't wait to test his side's capabilities against Bury and fancies an FA Cup upset. The Cards had recently been flying high in the National League, so no doubt that will give Limbrick and his side the confidence needed to push for an upset.
Woking are no strangers to causing an upset in the cup. In the 1990/91 season, they reached the fourth-round by beating West Bromwich Albion 4-2 at the Hawthorns to set themselves up with a fourth-round game against Everton, something beyond club’s wildest dreams. The tie was switched to Goodison Park and, against a team packed with internationals, the sides were separated only by a solitary Kevin Sheedy goal. Over 34,000 people remained in the ground after the final whistle to give the Woking players a rapturous standing ovation.
Bury as the League One side are the favourites going into the game and as to use the old cliché – on paper, the Shakers have the strength and depth within the squad.
Lowe’s side will be looking for a repeat of the last time Bury faced non-league opposition, beating Hemel Hempstead Town 3-1 at Gigg Lane in 2014.
Ryan Lowe has already had some managerial experience this season, having recently taken charge of the Shakers in the Premier League Cup, where he has experienced a win against fellow League One side Bristol Rovers and a narrow 3-2 defeat to high-flying Championship side, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ryan Lowe said in his pre-match interview that ‘The last week has been productive and the lads are happy, bubbly and have been very good in training’.
For Bury, a trip to Woking is somewhat of a step into the unknown having never faced the Surrey-based side, but Lowe knows that despite Woking currently plying their trade two divisions below the Shakers, the magic of the FA Cup means anything can happen ‘We can’t take Woking lightly. They’re a good footballing team with a good young Manager. If anything, we’re prepared a little bit more than normal; the lads have got all the intel on them, we’ve worked extremely hard with them on what we want and how we’re going to do it. We’ll do a few bits and bobs with them today (Friday) and loosen them off tomorrow (Saturday), then we’ll be ready for Sunday’.
On Sunday, Lowe will be assisted by Ryan Kidd, who took temporary charge last year alongside Chris Brass and Ryan knows how valuable his input is ‘Kiddo’s a knowledgeable fella, he knows his stuff. He’s a great coach and great person to have around the place. I’ve got a great relationship with Chris Brass and Ryan Kidd. We’re doing everything we need to do and we’re all looking forward to it now’.
On the current squad, he praised the players for their character over the course of the week and believes they have the quality needed ‘They’re good footballers, a good set of lads – a good group! They’re ready to go!’
Bury will be without suspended central defender Eoghan O'Connell, who serves a one-game ban following his red card in Saturday's game against Doncaster.
Watch Ryan Lowe’s pre-match interview here.
Watch Andrew Tutte’s pre-match interview here.
Fans can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow. Please note, there's no live stream of Sunday's game due to broadcasting restrictions.
Team news will be available on our social media accounts at around 1 pm and there will be regular updates from the game over on the Club’s Twitter account @buryfcofficial.