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Preview: Bury v Scunthorpe United

1 September 2017

Preview:  Bury v Scunthorpe United

First a warning to those travelling to the game on Saturday from the Manchester area.  There is no Metrolink Service into Bury over the weekend. Please make sure you give yourself plenty of time as you make alternative arrangements.

It’s been a week of shocks, a week of welcomes and a week of drama.  Deadline day has come and gone, the manager has explained his rational process and as he says at the end of his video – enough nonsense, let’s go and play some football.

There were positives to emerge from last weekend’s game at Rochdale.  The main one, a clean sheet, a point gained and the defensive performance was much better than in recent weeks.  Was that down to more emphasis on work at the back, was it down to the lad’s determination, was it down to the pleasing re-appearance of Nathan Cameron.  Probably a combination of all three, but to see Cameron battling for every ball, every challenge and every tackle – after 12 months out with a serious knee injury – was just pleasing for all, none more so than for Nathan himself.

Lee Clark has shuffled his pack again, two have left us to play their football elsewhere.  Lee has explained why and we move on.  Onto a game that last season was first v second.  A game that saw Scunthorpe take the points and started the Shakers on their worst run in history.  It just brings bad memories and a season to forget.

Things are very much different this time around.  New faces are set to make their bow for the club again as Lee Clark sends his side out looking to kick start the season.  So far, its brought a 50% clean sheet record – two from four games, but it’s those seven goals conceded that concern all at Gigg Lane.

Lee Clark has been looking for the right combination to make it work.  Last weekend it was Cameron and Whitmore, they kept a clean sheet so you can only assume that if it isn’t broke – do not fix it.  Jordan Williams spent his day off earlier this week having teeth fixed, he lost one or two on his debut at Spotland, now with a new set of pearly whites clamped into his jaw, he should make his home debut.

We may see new faces in the middle, Rohan Ince could be set for a home debut whilst deadline day addition Josh Laurent could make his debut alongside him.  Who plays on the flank though – Ajose, Bunn, Dai, Styles – maybe even Danny Mayor, you never know.

Striker Michael Smith may start from the bench, after missing pre-season with Portsmouth, that lack of match fitness will see him getting to know the Gigg Lane dugout for a few games, whilst further good news came earlier in the week with the news that Joe Murphy has been cleared to play after his red card was chalked off.

It’s time to start scoring some goals though, keep it tight at the back and score a few goals.  Scunthorpe dominated last season’s game with a battling performance from Stephen Dawson.  He’s not there anymore, he’s a shaker again – but he’s broken and will watch the game from the stands.

New faces have arrived and after last week, some of that self-belief is back within the squad.  It’s time to start delivering, start producing and as the manager says – talk is cheap, get out there and do it.

Scunthorpe United’s View:  Click here for the Iron’s preview of Saturdays game

Last time out:  Bury 1 Scunthorpe United 2 – 1 October 2016
Scunthorpe went three points clear in League One after winning their top-of-the-table game at Bury.

Scott Wiseman opened the scoring for the leaders three minutes before half-time, only for Tom Soares to claim a 58th-minute equaliser.

But Josh Morris fired in a superb winner in the 65th minute as Bury's five-match winning run in the league came to an end.

Bury had started well, with Zeli Ismail denied by visiting goalkeeper Luke Daniels before Tom Pope headed against the Scunthorpe crossbar.

The Iron replied with Stephen Dawson's cross being deflected against a Bury post, while Soares volleyed wide for the hosts.

But Neal Bishop and Dawson went close for Scunthorpe before they took the lead following a 42nd-minute free-kick.

The visitors worked the ball down the right for Duane Holmes to shoot and after his effort was blocked, Tom Hopper squared for Wiseman to convert.

Bury drew level shortly after the break as Scunthorpe failed to clear a corner and Ismail fired it back across goal for Soares to tap in.

But Morris soon restored the Iron's lead as he curled a 25-yard effort into the top corner - and he almost repeated the feat moments later as he struck the Bury bar.

Jacob Mellis and Soares went close as Bury pressed for another equaliser but their six-match winning run in all competitions came to a halt.

Referee:  Saturday’s referee is Mr Eddie Ilderton from Tyne & Wear

So far, this season, Eddie has taken charge of five games – showing 13 yellow cards and four red cards... His last game was last weekend when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two game at Sincil Bank with Lincoln City beating Carlisle United 4-1.  Two Yellow cards and one red card were shown.

Eddie’s last visit to Bury was on 9 August 2014, the opening game of the 2014/15 season and a 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham Town.  Just one yellow card was shown during the game.

Quick Betting Tip:  Bury are 9/5 favourites to win the game whist Scunthorpe are 6/4.  A draw is on offer at 23/10

Top Ten Tips for the game

  1. Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 11/4
  2. Jermaine Beckford first goal of the game and a 2-0 Bury win – 40/1
  3. Josh Laurent first goal of the game and a 2-1 Bury win – 100/1
  4. Bury to win by exactly two goals – 8/1
  5. Bury to win and both teams to score – 4/1
  6. Correct Score only – Bury 3 Scunthorpe United 0 28/1
  7. 1st Goal – Beckford – 9/2
  8. Last goal – Ajose – 2/1
  9. To Score a hat trick – Jermaine Beckford – 40/1
  10. To score in 90 minutes – Harry Bunn – 9/4

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