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Match Preview: Bury vs Oxford United

22 January 2019

Ryan Lowe and his team are just two wins from Wembley as they host Oxford United this evening, looking to take a step closer to that goal.

The Shakers had to call upon all their character to advance last time out as they found themselves two-nil behind at the interval against League One side Accrington Stanley. A second half blitz saw the Shakers to a 4-2 victory, following a brace from 'Mr.Checkatrade,' Dom Telford, and a goal each for Nicky Maynard and Danny Mayor.

Lowe is under no illusions that Tuesday evening will be a tough test for his side, but he insists they are focused on themselves: "It's just another game, yes it's the Quarter-Finals – but it's going to be another tough game, a tough test against a side that are higher than us in the league.

"They're in a false position at the moment, they've got some good players, it's a great club but all we can do is worry about ourselves."

Speaking to the Bury FC media team following Saturday's 2-1 win at Forest Green Rovers, Eoghan O'Connell spoke about his Wembley dream: "It's another good chance for us to progress into the Semi-Final; Wembley would be a great day out so I'm looking forward to trying to get past the Quarter-Final now and seeing where we can go."


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Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can watch Tuesday's game live. A matchday pass costs just £10 and can be purchased by visiting our iFollow page.

Existing domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to the game as part of their package or can follow the same steps as above to watch the game.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by logging into their account.

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.



Tonight will see Thomas Bramall take charge of his 31st game of the season. He has previously dished out a total of sixty-four yellow cards and three reds.

It will be his third Shakers game this season, after refereeing the victory at Colchester and the FA Cup defeat to Luton.

In four of his previous matches, Bramall has not brandished a card. He has handed out six yellows on two occasions so far, one of which was that game in September as Bury beat Colchester 2-1, thanks to goals from Byron Moore and Chris Dagnall.


We've Met Before

Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy Quarter-Final will be the 42nd time Bury and Oxford will have played each other. Oxford boast a slightly better record than the Shakers, claiming fifteen wins to Bury's twelve. The teams have played out fourteen draws.

The Shakers secured a 2017/18 season League double over their Quarter-Final opponents, winning 3-0 at home and then 2-1 at Oxford in the most recent meeting between the sides.


Form Guide

The Shakers come into the tie on good form, only suffering a solitary defeat in the group stages, before an impressive 4-2 victory at League One Accrington Stanley last time out.

The competition has seen Bury notch eleven goals in just five outings. Six of the goals have come from Dom Telford, who is currently the top scorer in the entire competition.

Oxford have matched the Shakers so far, scoring eleven goals themselves, including three in a 3-0 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur U21's. The U's also fell to a group stage defeat when they were overcome by a 10-man Northampton Town side.

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