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Match Preview: Colchester United vs Bury

28 September 2018

The Shakers travel to the Colchester Community Stadium on Saturday as they take on John McGreal’s Colchester United, who currently sit 4th in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

Last time out on their travels, Ryan Lowe's side took all 3 points back to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. It was Byron Moore's brace that saw off Swindon Town in a 2-1 victory.

The selection headache for Lowe will be worse after hosting Carlisle United on Saturday. Jermaine Beckford played his first minutes for the Shakers since his injury in October 2017 and could be involved.

It's been 18 years since the sides last played out a goalless draw, with Bury hitting the back of the net 14 times in the last 9 meetings.

Ryan Lowe knows his side are playing well, but also knows they still need to improve to pick up maximum points on Saturday and make it back-to-back away wins: "I was pleased with it [the performance vs Carlisle] but there's certain aspects of the game we could have got better at and we could have done better things, better selection in terms of passes and picking people out."

Lowe went on to highlight the importance of taking your chances in front of goal: "I think we've had more chances and half-chances to probably come away comfortably winning the game."

Jay O'Shea has been deployed in a different role this season, and he feels he's beginning to understand that better now: "It's a different position for me, I've never really played in that position before, so it took a couple of weeks to get used to it. I think I got the drag at half-time and then on 60 minutes, but I'm starting to get used to it now."

The midfielder then went on to praise his manager for giving him the chance to show what he can do: "He'll always give you a second chance, you've seen with me. I got dragged at Crawley and he said just wait for your chance again and I've got back in the team and I've had a good little run in the team now. But the thing is now not to be complacent and everyone knows that in the squad."

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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.


The referee for Saturday's fixture is Thomas Bramall. Saturday will see him officiate his 9th game of the season. Bramall has brandished 11 yellow cards and a solitary red card in his previous 8 games of the campaign.

Saturday will be the second game of the week for the official as he oversaw Manchester City's 4-1 Checkatrade Trophy victory at Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night at the Alexandra Stadium.

We've Met Before

Saturday will see Bury meet Colchester for the 53rd time in their histories. The Shakers have come out victorious 19 times against the Essex club, compared to their 17 victories in this fixture. On 16 occasions the sides have failed to find a winner and the game has finished all square.

Bury have avoided defeat for 52% of their matches away to Colchester, picking up 5 wins and 8 draws.

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