Bury head into Saturday’s game against fellow promotion chasers Exeter City in fine form. The Shakers haven’t lost in the league since the end of October, seeing them climb to 5th in the table, 2 points off the automatic promotion places and 7 from the summit.
Last time out in the league Bury were victorious, beating Cheltenham Town 4-1. Chris Stokes opened the scoring, before Chris Clements levelled the scores. A Nicky Maynard brace and Byron Moore goal ensured all 3 points for the Shakers.
This week saw Ryan Lowe's side progress to the 3rd round of the Checkatrade Trophy, after Dom Telford's goal saw them 1-0 winners at Mansfield Town in the 2nd round on Tuesday.
The Gaffer knows he will have a selection headache, going on record after Tuesday's match stating: "I'd like to think I'm a little bit spoilt in terms of I haven't just got a good team, I've got a good squad that can be relied on at any moment in time."
The week got even better for the Shakers, as Ryan Lowe was named Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month for November. Jay O'Shea completed a Bury clean sweep as he was named Player of the Month.
The boss won his first Manager of the Month award since taking the reins in the summer: "Delighted! It's nice to have the award. I'd like to thank everyone associated with the football club; the catering staff, my coaching staff and my players as well."
Ryan Lowe also thanked his family for putting up with him when his side don't win and for letting him put the long hours in!
Jay O'Shea was ecstatic with his goal scoring accolades from midfield: "It's the best one [goal scoring streak] I've been on since I've come to Bury and I'm really enjoying my football."
The midfielder was full of praise for his team mates: "The way the team is playing, it's given me a lot of opportunities to get in shooting opportunities. The team have been doing so well lately, we've been scoring and I've been happy to chip in with them."
The praise was heaped on the midfielder from his manager: "He's found a new lease of life in the position he's playing and he's relishing it! Again, he has to take a lot of credit himself because he's bought into what we're about and what we're trying to do.
"Jay has never been a midfielder, he was always a number 10 or a winger but, he's been ultimately by far one of the outstanding performers and thoroughly deserves the award."
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Last Time Out
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.
Ross Joyce will take charge of his 23rd game of the season on Saturday. This season, the official has distributed a total of 75 yellow cards and 3 red cards. He has only officiated 2 games this season where he has not brandished a single card.
Saturday will be Joyce's second Bury game of the season, after he oversaw the Shakers defeat Macclesfield 4-1 at the start of November, only producing the one yellow card.
Most recently, Ross Joyce was in charge of the FA Cup 2nd round tie between Solihull Moors and Blackpool which ended goalless at Damson Park.
We've Met Before
The Shakers have won 50% of their 36 meetings with Exeter City. The sides have drawn 9 times and Exeter have got themselves 9 wins.
Saturday will be the 37th tie between the sides since they met for the first time in the FA Cup in 1931, where Exeter won 2-1.
Bury currently sit third in the Sky Bet League 2 form table, racking up 11 points from their last 6 fixtures. Ryan Lowe's side scored an impressive 15 goals in this time, conceding 6.
In contrast, Saturday's visitors are bottom in the same table, not winning a single game. They have won 3 points from 3 draws while losing the other 3. Exeter City scored 5 goals, while conceding 9, giving them a goal difference of -4.