At the EFL end of season awards a few weeks ago, Bury boss Ryan Lowe called for players, coaches and staff to ‘be united’. If the club showed a togetherness, they would have enough to fend off rivals to earn promotion at the first time of asking.
Two homes wins on from Lowe’s war cry and Bury are nearly there. Having come from behind to beat Northampton 3-1 on Easter Monday, it looks very much as though The Shakers are ready to achieve a task which looked like a stroll only five weeks ago.
All teams go through a rocky patch in the season and Bury’s couldn’t have come at a worse time. Whilst a financial war continues behind the scenes, on the pitch the team is sending a clear message. The team will fight till the last kick of the season, promotion or not.
It would be very easy to suggest the players and management staff have given up on the owner Steve Dale. Having promised to see the club safe and steer them out of financial trouble, matters on that front are still up in the air.
Although many of this current squad looks like leaving this summer, promotion or not, no fan could argue those on the pitch haven’t given everything for the club. Danny Mayor, whose contract is up in the summer, scored a wonderful solo effort which demonstrated just the talent he has. Sadly though, the chances of him doing just that in a white and blue kit next year are slim.
Although promotion isn’t guaranteed, four points out of the last six will most likely be enough to earn one of the two last remaining promotion spots. After Mansfield, MK Dons and Tranmere all dropped points two days ago, it seems no team in the league two promotion race wants to go up the easy way.
All this a strong advantage for Bury, despite losing three of their last five games and a hat trick of defeats in March and April, still look likely to go up.
With the spirit and solidarity shown over recent weeks despite not picking up a single wage, Ryan Lowe and co may even have earned the liking of a neutral as they aim to do their job without financial reward.
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