Bury will head into the weekend’s game against Dover Athletic in the First Round of the FA Cup looking to progress in the competition.
Ryan Lowe's side are in good form, scoring fourteen goals in their last six League outings at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. Add to that the four-goal haul picked up last week at Macclesfield Town, and there is plenty to be positive about from the opening third of the season.
Attention this weekend turns to the FA Cup, and a home tie against National League side Dover Athletic. This encounter will be the first time the two sides have ever met each other, and boss Lowe knows the result is not a foregone conclusion: "We know a lot, we've had a lot of work done on them. Andy Hessenthaler's gone in there, we know what he's about, he's been there before. He's a good manager, he's been there, seen it, done it, wore the t-shirt! I'm sure he's had some good times in his FA Cup era.
"We know that we can't take them lightly and we're not taking anything for granted. It's the FA Cup, we know that they'll be looking to cause an upset, but we've got to worry about ourselves and do what we can do. We know it's going to be tough, the lads know that.
"It's going to be an exciting FA Cup match!"
Dover will be missing a number of players for the game. Bobby Joe-Taylor is cup-tied, Antony Jeffrey continues to serve a suspension, and Tim Schmoll is injured. Recent additions Jai Reason and Lee Worgan are unavailable due to cup suspension.
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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 Richard Hulme. Richard has taken charge of 9 games so far this season, issuing 22 yellow cards and 2 red ones.
His last game in charge was on Saturday 3rd November as hosts Eastleigh and visitors Salford played out a 1-1 draw in the National League.
Eight of Richard's games so far have been in the National League, with one coming in the Scottish League Challenge Cup.
In their last six home games, Bury have lost just once; recording three wins and two draws. During that time, they have found the back of the net fourteen times, conceding just six.
In their last six National League games, Dover have lost four times, with one draw and a solitary victory. They have scored six times, and conceded twelve.
On their travels, the Whites have three losses and three draws in their last six matches, shipping eleven goals and finding the back of the net five times.
Since Hessenthaler's appointment on 8th October, Dover have recorded one victory from their four League games. They started with a 2-2 draw at Harrogate Town, before successive losses at Braintree Town (2-1) and at home to Dagenham and Redbridge (2-0). They will, however, be buoyed by a 2-0 home win over Maidenhead United last time out.