Bury are sponsored by a firm of estate agents and as such the end of season party is not to be missed.......all the movers and shakers are there.......
If one is looking for links to last week's oppo then there's a good one in the Shakers former manager Alan Knill. He must take a large slice of the credit for Bury's promotion last season. Mind you current boss, Richie Barker oversaw a terrific set of results at the end.
They've had a reasonable start to the league campaign with a loss, a draw and two wins, the most recent last Saturday away to fellow promotees ( ? ) Wycombe Wanderers. Ryan Lowe is most certainly the danger man, a prolific scorer who is in good form. He'll be dangerous from set pieces as well as open play. Jones will also be likely to pose a goal-scoring threat.
Hopefully the Shakers will be tired from Tuesday night's exertions against Leiceseter where they took a 2-1 lead before the Foxes came back to win 4-2. Unlike ourselves they didn't field an entirely different starting eleven to that of the previous league game.
They have got a touch of Parkinson's at the moment with 3 loan players although that of course falls someway short of Phil's efforts in that area ! Cullen is on loan form Hull, Oyenula from Spurs and this week Ashley Eastham was brought in from Blackpool.
Forming part of the defence is Efe Sodje, the bandana wearing brother of the family. Dare I say he's looked shaky ( sorry ) of late and hopefully we can exploit that.
Gigg Lane has a capacity of just under 12,000 but it's not likely that the crowd will approach anything like that even with the Addicks in opposition.
Another Bury sponsor is ( this is true unlike my previous sponsor reference which might not be ) is Frankie and Benny's, the restaurant chain. I'm thinking a little initiative could see ice cream flavours of stawbury, raspbury, blackbury etc. not to mention the milkshake(er)s....
Follow Tuesday night's magnificant Royal upset ( " we are not amused " ) Sir Chris has selection issues of the best kind. The game served to underline the squad's strength in depth and it's been somewhile since an Addicks manager had one like it. That they played in similar manner to the usual starting eleven is a real bonus. Genuine competition for places isn't something we've known for many a season.
However, for all that I'd probably only make one change from the usual starting league eleven and that is to bring in Green for Wagstaff . I can't see how he can be left out given the quality of his set pieces and crosses. Wagstaff is better coming on as a sub later in the game. In addition, Jackson isn't giving us genuine wing play on the other side. Both Saturday's goals came from balls from the left and he was in the middle to score the first and Hollands delivered the second. Don't get me wrong, Skip plays well but we do need genuine width hence the need for Green.
Given the rest the players have had and if we can play as we have done for most of the season allied to more clinical finishing then we really ought to win this against a team that had a tough game in midweek.
Our number 8 hasn't been at his best for the last couple of games, however, hopefully he'll do well and if he does then the headlines will write themselves !
Come On You Reds !