If you’d have told fans of Bury that they’d be heading near enough into Christmas week in the automatic promotion spots, fans would have bitten your arm off. Following last seasons struggles in League One, making the playoffs would have been an achievement.
Should Bury beat local rivals Oldham at Boundary Park tomorrow and Colchester lose at Carlisle, Ryan Lowe’s men will go into the game against Tranmere in League Two’s top three.
Any football fan who has followed the goings on at Bury over the past week will know that last season’s relegation hit the club hard in the pocket, so much so the club are still suffering the consequences from last seasons disaster.
However, in the second half of 2018, Bury have turned things around considerably to the point you could say it’s been a ‘strong recovery’. Not to the point things are perfect but things are looking up on the pitch at least.
Not many fans would have predicted a new owner a fortnight ago never mind last season, the vision of new owner Steve Dale suggests Bury should be a ‘stable League One club’ in the not too distant future.
Dale’s comments this week would look accurate if Bury picks up three points on the road tomorrow. It would have been hard to imagine the Shakers being in this position with only two away wins in the league all season, the last coming in September at strangely enough, Colchester.
It would be easy to dwell on the stuttering away results, but more optimistically the home form which has seen the side fly up the table. Jay O’Shea has contributed to the majority, the most recent of them the first in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Exeter, his seventh goal in his last ten games.
The Irishmen is flying at present in Bury’s team and other than Joe Murphy between the sticks, most likely the first man on the team sheet in current form.
Frankie Bunn and his Oldham side will no doubt look at Bury’s inconsistent away form and games against Crewe, Port Vale and Cambridge to give them confidence a result in this weekend’s local derby is a possibility.
But hopefully, Bury’s away crowd tomorrow can whip up some Gigg Lane atmosphere.
Then Oldham knows they’ve a game on their hands.