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Match preview: Bury vs Gillingham

23 February 2018

Bury will host Gillingham on Saturday looking to start collecting points again following the defeat to Blackburn Rovers on Monday evening.

Goals from Danny Graham and the on-loan Adam Armstrong broke the Shakers’ resistance, a result that brought to an end a 5-game undefeated run under boss Ryan Lowe, after his side picked up 9 points from the available 15 before the game that was shown live on Sky Sports.

Neil Danns’ low drive gave Bury the lead at the Priestfield Stadium in November – a game that Ryan Lowe oversaw during his spell as Caretaker Manager.  The Gills grabbed a late equaliser through a lapse in concentration, something the gaffer is keen to ensure doesn’t happen too often: “We don’t want anything like that creeping in.  Everyone makes mistakes, we know that, but we try and not give too many mistakes away.  Ultimately, if we’re on it, we’re a match for anybody, as we’ve proved over the past 6-7 weeks.  What we’re trying to achieve now is staying in this division.  Mistakes will come but it’s how you react from them and our lads have reacted quite well from Monday night.  They were on the floor a little bit, we’ve picked them up, the place is bubbly and bouncing again and that’s us – that’s the new Bury going forward.  That’s what we’re about and ultimately we’ve got to get our fight and belief and passion back for Saturday afternoon and I’m sure we’ll have that”.

Gillingham will be without Callum Reilly for the game after permission for him to play against his parent Club was refused.  The Gills have slipped a bit in February after a very good January, but Lowe is only concerned with this game rather than the form guide: “Ultimately it’s 11 v 11 at the end of the day.  Steve’s (Lovell) done a great job there.  He was full of praise for us when we went there and they scored late on.  We’re in for an interesting game – it’s a game we feel we can win, and obviously a game Steve will probably feel he can win and we’ve got to go out there and look to get 3 points, simple as”.

Gillingham’s View

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Last Time Out

Match Coverage

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.


Saturday’s referee is Lincolnshire-based Darren Drysdale. This will be Darren’s 36th game in charge this season. In his previous 35 games, he has issued 97 yellow cards and 5 red ones.  His last game in charge was on Saturday 17th February as Doncaster Rovers were 3-0 victors over Fleetwood Town at the Keepmoat Stadium.

We’ve Met Before

Monday’s game will be the 56th meeting between the sides in all competitions. The Shakers have 21 wins, Gillingham have 23, with 11 draws.

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