The past few seasons at Bury will have provided a fair bit of chaos for the men who print out the team sheets. At times it was guesswork when deciphering which players would make the starting eleven on any particular week.
Yet something has changed this season. Now you can name every on the team sheet as Ryan Lowe has begun to establish continuity in the side.
The midfield looked slightly different on Tuesday night. Stephen Dawson, Callum Styles and Jamie Barjonas all started in the win, but Ryan Lowe is likely to go back to the players who’ve been scoring for fun this season.
Saturday’s game sees 5th take on 7th in League Two as Bury face Exeter before a local derby with Oldham the week after. To help notch up another home win, Lowe should start these three players.
Bury have found not only a grafter in midfield but a goalscorer. O’Shea is in a rich vein of form having scored six goals in his last nine games and is playing a huge role in Bury’s promotion challenge this season.
Having recently been named November’s player of the month in League Two, O’Shea is more than proving what a special talent he can be. Bury will be desperate the Irishmen remains in form heading into the hectic festive period.
Brought back into the team last Sunday and avoiding injury will most likely be a starter till May. Gets the nod ahead of Adam Thompson as Bury’s best defender and will provide that extra protection needed in front of Murphy in goal.
The 3-5-2 formation seems to work for Bury as Lowe looks to have found a method that works. The back line looks to be the Shakers weakest area in the team at present but hopefully, young O’Connell can help cut out the silly mistakes Bury continue to leak when under pressure.
Half of Telford’s goals this season have come in the Checkatrade Trophy, the latest coming at Mansfield on Tuesday.
Fans and no doubt Telford himself will want to start converting those Cup goals into League ones after Tuesday night’s contribution. Competing alongside Byron Moore for a place alongside Nicky Maynard in Bury’s starting eleven, making an immediate impact tomorrow against Exeter wouldn’t go amiss.
Having not scored in the league since October yet still starts most games, it’s time he repaid Lowe’s faith with a goal in another of Bury’s promotion battles.