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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Bury

2 November 2018

The Shakers and the Silkmen will come up against each other on Saturday with both sides looking for much needed points.

Ryan Lowe's side dominated Port Vale at Vale Park last week, but were unable to find the back of the net from any of their 22 attempts. Port Vale could only muster a solitary shot on target, which turned out to be the winning goal.

Whilst the football on display from Bury is exciting to watch, it means nothing without goals to show for it, something Manager Ryan Lowe is working on with his team: "Anyone who was at the game knows we didn't deserve to lose. We weren't ruthless enough in the final third and that's something we'll continue to work on and get better at.

"We're nowhere near the finished article as yet, so there's stuff we've been doing, there's things we'll work on; it's just about being a little bit better than what we have been".

Despite Macclesfield being bottom of the League, the Bury boss knows they still pose a danger: "We'll give them the utmost respect. It's a tough league and they did ever so well last season to get into League Two.

"We don't take any team lightly and I've said that all season, regardless of the opposition. Whoever we play, it's a team trying to get one over on us, but ultimately, we're trying to get one over on them.

"We won't take Macclesfield lightly just because they're bottom of the league. That's not what I'm about, that's not what my players are about. We'll go there trying to win".

Macclesfield find themselves rooted to the foot of the table with just one win to their name all season. Their home form is inconsistent – they followed up a 2-1 win over Carlisle with a 5-0 defeat to Northampton Town just three days later.


Macclesfield Town's View

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Last Time Out

The last competitive meeting between the two sides was on 1st February 2011.

The Shakers raced out of the blocks and were 3-0 up with just over half an hour played.

Goals from Mike Jones ('8), Ryan Lowe ('33) and Nicky Ajose ('36) gave Bury a comfortable lead, but Macclesfield hit back with goals from Ross Draper ('37) and Tyrone Barnett ('39), to bring the home side back into the game.

Current boss Ryan Lowe secured the win with his second in the 86th minute.


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 Ross Joyce. Ross has taken charge of 16 games so far this season, issuing 63 yellow cards and 2 red ones.

His last game in charge was on Saturday 27th October, as hosts Notts County went down to a 2-1 defeat against visitors Swindon Town. Seven yellow cards were shown in that game.


We've Met Before

Saturday's game will be the 19th meeting between the 2 sides. The Shakers have 8 victories to Macclesfield's 4, with 6 games finishing all square.


Form Guide

The Shakers currently sit ninth in the League Two Form Guide from the last ten games played.

Over that time, they have accumulated 16 points, with 16 goals scored and 8 conceded.

Over the same period, Macclesfield sit 24th with 8 goals for and 18 against.

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