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Match Preview: Forest Green Rovers vs Bury

18 January 2019

Ryan Lowe will have to assess the fitness of Sheffield United loanee Caolan Lavery, who has been suffering from a dead thigh, but the gaffer has no other fresh injury concerns.

The Shakers remain the best attacking team in the league with no other side scoring more than 50 goals this season while Bury have netted 53 times. Forest Green Rovers have the third best defence so far, only conceding twenty-five in twenty-six outings, but Lowe's side have enough firepower to put that to the test this weekend.

The hosts will be bolstered by the addition of 21-year-old goalkeeper Lewis Ward, who joined on loan from Reading at the start of this week.

Despite being the top scorers in the league, former Shakers' striker Lowe continues to look to get the best out of his squad: "Overall, I'm pleased with the amount of goals scored but I want more, and I'll continue to push the lads in the right way to get more."

The Gaffer was full of praise for Saturday's opponents: "Mark Cooper has a fantastic squad, fantastic team, they're playing the right way. I think they're the best footballing team we've played that have come to Gigg Lane this season, so we'll show them huge respect because they're a good team."

Defender Adam Thompson was focused on Saturday, knowing the test ahead: "It's another big game like Saturday was, another team that's up there, a good team. It's two teams in good form, so it should be a good game."

The Northern Ireland international was full of praise for the support received by the Bury faithful: "I said after the game on Saturday that a massive part of us staging the comeback we did were the supporters, they were sticking with us the whole way through.

"In the away games this season I've noticed a lot more, it's a better following, especially Accrington last week. For a Tuesday night, it was such a good following and it did help us, especially being 2-0 down sticking with us again."


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Match Coverage

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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.



Lee Swabey will take charge of the Shakers' trip to Forest Green Rovers this weekend in what will be his 18th game of the season. To date, he has issued 56 yellow cards and 2 reds in his games that spread across all three divisions of the football league.

Swabey is yet to officiate Bury this campaign, but he has overseen Saturday's hosts before when they entertained Cheltenham in a 4-0 win in the Checkatrade Trophy.


We've Met Before

Since forming in 1889, Forest Green Rovers and the Shakers have met just the once in their history. The game was at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane earlier this season as both sides played out a 1-1 draw (video above).


Form Guide

The form guide from the last ten league games sees Ryan Lowe's side occupy top spot after accumulating twenty points out of the thirty available. With six wins, two draws and two losses, the +7 goal difference sees the Shakers just ahead of Mansfield who have the same points haul.

Mark Cooper's side are currently seventh with their recent form, winning half of their games, drawing two and losing three. However, the losses came in the first four games of the spell and they are currently undefeated in their last six outings, boasting a +4 goal difference.

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