Bury and Lincoln City will go head-to-head on Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash in League Two.
Bury have won six from six since the start of the year, something Ryan Lowe is keen doesn't slip: "We know the games now come thick and fast, and we know there's some big games in there, no more so than Saturday.
"Lincoln are flying high and doing an excellent job. It's a game we're looking forward to; at the end of the day, we're doing ok ourselves at the moment and these are the games you want to play in."
He reiterated the difficulty of the test still ahead: "People will say you're there and they've got a game in hand, we know that, we're not stupid enough to think we're in second place and will stay there, because that's certainly not the case.
"We want to stay as high as we possibly can, we know it's going to be tough and we're under no illusions that there are other teams around there trying to knock us off our perch, but we know that and the good thing is our lads know that, we're not sitting here thinking the work is done."
Club top scorer Nicky Maynard (13 goals) is hoping that the team can make it a 100% record for January 2019: "We go into every game aiming to win, the lads are full of confidence. Even when we go a goal behind, we still think we're going to get chances to get into the game, and we've proved that."
The striker alluded to the fight for places: "It's the hunger and the competition; if you've got the shirt it's down to you to keep hold of the shirt and to do as well as you can. If you get chance to come off the bench or have the odd start, it's down to you to reclaim that shirt and there's a good competitiveness around. At the end of the day, everyone wants the same goals come the end of the season."
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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.
The game is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Dean Whitestone has been appointed by the EFL to take charge of Saturday's fixture at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.
The official has overseen twenty-six games already this season, brandishing seventy-eight yellow cards and three reds. Two of the red cards were produced in the same game for Yeovil Town players, as he was in charge for the Bury vs Yeovil game on the opening day of the 2018/2019 season. That tie is his only previous Bury game this season.
Dean has been in charge of two Lincoln City games so far, both ending with Saturday's visitors claiming 2-0 victories, over Cheltenham Town and Carlisle United.
We've Met Before
Ryan Lowe's side have the upper-hand in the head-to-head stats. The Shakers have a total of thirty-one wins, while Lincoln have won twenty-two matches, whilst twenty two games have finished all-square
In the last thirteen meetings, Bury have lost just two games to Lincoln City, however Danny Cowley's team won the last meeting earlier in the season.
Saturday's top of the table clash is a mouth-watering prospect! The overall league table has it down as second hosting first, whilst the form guide for the last ten games has it as second vs third, highlighting the form that the sides are in.
Bury have collected a total of twenty-two points from the thirty available, they are only second on goal difference after scoring twenty-one times and conceding on thirteen occasions. The Shakers have won seven from their last ten and haven't lost in five games, winning the last four, boasting a 100% record for 2019.
Lincoln have amassed twenty-one points and, like the Shakers, haven't lost since Boxing Day. Their goal difference is inferior by the one, scoring four less, but also only conceding ten.