Not many fans seem to care about the Checkatrade Trophy, the fans at Gigg Lane are no exception.
Just 454 fans watched Bury’s win over Leicester’s under 21’s last night, this trophy just isn’t a big pull as fans and players alike target promotions and FA Cup runs in order to make their season a success.
However, like when the Premier League clubs play in The Carabao Cup, these ‘so-called pointless competitions’ give clubs an opportunity to unearth new rising stars.
Young Bury striker Dom Telford would certainly not have been complaining about the Checkatrade last night, scoring both goals as Bury edged past a Premier League youth side to extend their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions.
When Telford signed from Stoke in this summer, he surely knew finding opportunities to make his mark would be difficult, especially having Football League stalwarts like Jermaine Beckford in the ranks.
Yet Telford wasn’t the only youngster to make his mark. He was taken off by Lowe on sixty-nine minutes and replaced by sixteen-year-old Aaron Brown, recently called up to Northern Ireland’s under 17 squad.
As Brown gained some valuable experience with his cameo appearance, Telford gained more in terms of confidence, showing off his potential once more. ‘Dom’ notched a double against Morecambe in September too, he has only played three times in the league as well.
Who knows what Telford and his fellow young Bury stars can do in the Checkatrade trophy, yet attendances may not show a huge rise unless Lowe’s men start pulling up trees in this competition.
But with six of the starting eleven under or at the age of twenty-one, it was a promising night for the club despite the low gate numbers across the country overshadowing an otherwise impressive night for Bury’s young guns.