The final game of the 2017/18 season this weekend will see the Shakers make the trip to AFC Wimbledon for a 17:30 kick-off.
The end of what can only be described as a disastrous season will be a welcome sight for everyone connected with the Club.
The main positive from the season will be the continued development of the thriving Academy. Callum Styles, Ryan Cooney, Saul Shotton, Tsun Dai and Joe Adams have all been named in the squad over recent weeks. Throw in Academy graduate George Miller, who has contributed 7 goals since returning to the Club on loan in January, and Callum Hulme, who was named on the bench against Portsmouth, and it’s clear to see that the future is very bright.
Bury boss Ryan Lowe will also be encouraged by recent performances, after his side have picked up away draws at Doncaster Rovers and Shrewsbury Town, followed by a 1-0 victory over play-off hopefuls Portsmouth in the final home game of the season. He wants his side to continue their recent form and has his sights set on another win “It’s the last game of the season, it would be nice if, in my tenure, we could accumulate 25 points in the games I’ve took. It’s a target we’re setting ourselves, it’s another three points that we want. Wimbledon have just guaranteed their safety so the pressure will be a little bit off them. The pressure’s off us also and we want to go there with the right attitude, the right frame of mind and play the football we’ve been playing of late and hopefully create some good chances”.
Neil Danns, who has led by example since being given the armband by Lowe, says the players are keen to put in a final positive performance “All the lads know we’re not going to play football now for a good number of months, so it’s something that we’ll go and enjoy and savour and hopefully we can go and get the three points and finish what we all know has been a disappointing season unbeaten in four”.
He was also full of praise for the fans who have backed the side all season “The fans have been amazing. Given the circumstances, we definitely owe our thanks to the fans. At the game on Saturday, even though they knew our fate they were still there supporting and cheering and I’m just glad we got to give them a win on the last home game of the season”.
AFC Wimbledon’s View
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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.
Saturday’s referee is Darren Drysdale. This will be Darren’s 45th game in charge this season. In his previous 44 games, he has issued 137 yellow cards and 6 red ones. His last game in charge was at The Crown Oil Arena on 24th April, as hosts Rochdale and visitors Plymouth Argyle plated out a 1-1 draw. 3 yellow cards were shown in that match.
We’ve Met Before
Saturday’s game will be the 10th meeting between the sides in all competitions. Of the previous 9, Bury have 3 wins to Wimbledon’s 4, with 2 draws.