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Ryan Lowe’s Two Huge Games in a Crunch Four Days for Bury

Ryan Lowe has taken to management this season like a duck to water but, will need to see steer his side over two giant hurdles. When his Bury side takes on local rivals, Oldham Athletic and then Portsmouth in The Checkatrade semi-final only a few days later.

Although Bury will be underdogs in next Tuesday’s crunch semi-final.  Opponents Portsmouth will come up against an attacking outfit that has outclassed virtually all of their League Two rivals, since the start of the season.

Having scored 85 goals in all competitions this season, the place for football entertainment has been no other than Gigg Lane. Lowe having played as a striker himself has made it no secret in wanting to promote an all-out attack style of play, and his tactics have been merited with Bury’s current league position.

A home win on Saturday could see the Shakers leapfrog Lincoln to the summit of League Two, something which looked unlikely after January’s end to end 3-3 draw. Having had his style of football backed by non-other than Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, this way of playing had every chance of proving to be successful.

And The German has been proved correct so far with the way that Bury have played this season, now in second place in League Two and four points clear of MK Dons who occupy the leading playoff spot (4th place).

Having also picked the brains of Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benitez, lifelong reds fan Lowe has already had a vocal taste of what a successful life of a manager is like. Benitez having won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool and, Rodgers dominating Scottish football to the point he’s won the ‘double treble’ in Scotland since moving North of the border in 2016.

Now Lowe has the chance to secure his own success as a manager. A win against either, or both Oldham and Portsmouth – would take his side closer to putting a trophy back in the Bury trophy cabinet, league or domestic cup.

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Bury v Oldham. The Latics extra home game.

Latics fans like a decent away outing, it’s in their blood. Some might say that they jump at the chance to get out of the town for a few hours, and that may be true but when the away trip is just down the road, it’s almost embarrassing to admit that you didn’t turn out.

As expected, the club have been given an extra allocation of tickets by Bury which makes sound financial sense given the Shakers apparently perilous financial position. Having 3354 Oldham fans in Gigg Lane might not do much for Bury’s hopes of having the home crowd lift their side, but at least they can pay a few bills when they count the takings after the game.

The fixture at Oldham didn’t capture the imagination of the Bury fans, for some reason with only 1262 making the trip back in December when a Chris O’Grady hat trick helped Latics to a 4-2 win. There’s a great deal of pride at Latics, especially this season in the numbers who turn out for away games. The 4000+ at Fulham earned respect from all quarters but it is local derbies that rally the troops. Rochdale, Blackburn and Bury have all been serenaded with “We’re taking over your town again” in the past, a popular ditty to the tune of “Love will tear us apart”.

Sadly there seems to be a concerted effort to keep Latics fans out of the pubs in Bury, which will only mean they’ll drink elsewhere and arrive en masse at about 2.55pm stretching the resources of the police and stewards no doubt. Having watched football for longer than I care to remember, I’m still of the opinion that if you treat people like animals they’ll behave that way and very few clubs and local police forces are keen to change that stance.

The game promises to be a classic, however, with Bury flying high in the top three and Paul Scholes getting his first taste of a local derby as the new Latics manager. Form goes out of the window for a fixture like this and although it might not compete for attention with City v United or Everton v Liverpool, it means a great deal to both sets of supporters.

Oldham may well be looking forward to playing on a different pitch, than the one at Boundary Park which cut up somewhat after 3 consecutive home games in seven days. Whatever the outcome, local derbies remain an important part of the enjoyment of watching football and, even if Bury do escape League Two this season, Latics fans and players alike will be keen to rekindle the fixture in the very near future.

Lowe’s Wise Moves In January Could Be Key To League One Football Next Season

The unusual yet charming bond between Bury and Rangers struck again on deadline day, as Bury saw off ‘two Scottish Premiership clubs’ to sign midfielder Jordan Rossiter on loan until the end of the season.

Deadline day just wouldn’t feel right without a new player coming through the door and Rossiter decided on a move South of the border to end this current season. Having watched the pulsating 3-3 draw with Lincoln City last Saturday, the Rangers man felt he just couldn’t say no at the possibility of a loan move to Bury.

Rossiter grew up and spent his early playing days in the Liverpool academy. The return to the North West will therefore bring Bury’s newest addition closer to home. Rossiter was no slouch in the Anfield set-up and, has played under Brendan Rodgers whilst he was still part of the club before Jurgen Klopp joined in 2015.

Rossiter’s early career has been plagued with injury mostly but will plan to become a permanent fixture on the pitch for Bury rather than the treatment room. Another midfield option seemed rather necessary this window as Bury head onto the home straight.

The 21-year-old will look to become a permanent fixture in the side but will need to shake off a ‘sick note’ tag, which looks to be the only question mark against this signing. Its been frustrating at times for Rossiter having only made 16 appearances for Rangers since his arrival in 2016.

What certainly isn’t frustrating, however, is Bury’s growing force in the transfer market as Ryan Lowe secured his second Rangers signing of the season. The initial addition was Jamie Barjonas who is now back in Scotland following on from his loan stay at Bury.

Rossiter isn’t the only January arrival to the side however. Scott Wharton has also joined the side from Blackburn Rovers this season, he too is on-loan until the season is out and the same age as Rossiter.

Wharton is back in League Two as quickly as he left it,  having started his season at leaders Lincoln making 16 appearances. Lowe’s willingness to add depth to the squad seems appropriate, especially seen as Bury also have The Checkatrade Trophy to fight for between now and May alongside their league form which, all being well, could lead to promotion.

It’s Clear Bury AND Lincoln Will Need to Strengthen Next Season to Thrive in League One

The fixture of Bury vs Lincoln City is likely to be given a second helping in the 2019/20 season of football. The most likely outcome is the game will take place in League One rather than League Two.

For having seen two of three teams in the automatic playoff places pit against each other only two days ago, to talk about one is to talk about the other almost.

Both with young managers who encourage open, expansive football, it was little wonder we were treated to such a spectacle. A total of 22 shots on goal at either end which saw six goals scored, it was no surprise that either team played a type of football which merited better than the soggy playing surface and worse for wear conditions.

Yet despite an end to end attacking fixture, it will leave both Ryan Lowe and Danny Cowley believing that more is needed to do, in order to fix a set of teams that are capable of leaving the back door open at times.

Lincoln only managed three shots on target in the game and had were dominated in possession by The Shakers, their third goal was ever so slightly dodgy however. In defence of the Shakers back line, Callum McFadzean was adjudged to have brought down Imps player Harry Anderson in the box where Lincoln striker John Akinde thought he’d scored the winner.

Soft penalty? Yes. It defiantly needed a fair few looks on the replay to give a clear cut decision.  Needn’t so the Shakers found themeless trailing again and their goals against tally had racked up to 36 by seven thirty pm. Second place Mansfield have let in 14 fewer.

The same could be said at the other end of course. Lincoln are by no means rock solid at the back, but still have the best goal difference in the league. Now 5 clear of Mansfield with a game in hand over Bury, they look are most likely uncatchable. But Bury can draw many positives as several times they managed to split the Lincoln defence.

Their Boss Cowley stated post-match that his side are better ‘with and without the ball’ yet ‘Bury are very good with but not as good without it’. A note to his colleague on the positives and negatives of this style, one of the reasons they are probably on the same page in terms of style and management.

Lowe’s encouragement of attacking football in the EFL should always be applauded and would have been seconded by the neutral. The only problem with this game was Millwall’s giant-killing over Everton was played at exactly the same time and may have stolen a few viewers more as part of the terrestrial TV.

However good the open football was, it took a good old set piece for the home side to steal a point through centre back Will Aimson. Part of a back three by Lowe which contains two wing backs which play virtually as wingers, it’s no surprise to see them a tad exposed at times. Yet Aimson deserved his goal after an impressive display.

But there is no doubt Lowe will work to solve this problem of course. He can take Bury to League One playing this current way as the last 30 games suggest. But a bit of defensive work this summer may not go amiss.

A Must Win For Bury Over Lincoln to Stay in The Title Race

Back in August the majority of Bury fans would have been pleased to see their side make the play-off places this season. The fact that the end of January is upon us and the Shakers are second in League Two and into the Checkatrade semi-finals, the season so far has been above and beyond what any Gigg Lane regular would have believed possible.

To end the season as League Two champions would be a bonus, rather than a necessity for the club. Just to bounce straight back up to League One, which of course is still not a guarantee, will be so very valuable as the side look to consolidate themselves as a stable League One side over the next few years.

After battling for the play-off places for the majority of the season, suddenly Ryan Lowe’s side have found themselves in an unlikely position to what many, including Lowe himself, could have imagined.

Now however things are different. A win for Bury over Lincoln in their Sky live clash on Saturday will have them only three points off The Imps. Impressive you think? Most definitely, especially since Bury have had a winter takeover in a new chairman which saw Steve Dale take over the ranks from Stewart Day. The club put their faith in Lowe, who leading into the season had very little managerial experience.

The League Two table is tight though and despite Bury’s unbeaten run in 2019, they can’t afford a defeat anytime soon. To start with one against rivals Lincoln wouldn’t be ideal. Only six points keep apart second place Bury and seventh-placed Colchester, while a matter of four points keeps them above Carlisle in fourth. A few winless games would be fatal, yet this side managed by Lowe doesn’t seem to do this very often anymore. 77 goals have been scored in all competitions this season by the likes of Maynard, O’Shea and co. The only team ahead of them on that front is near geographical neighbours in Manchester City.

A Lincoln win tomorrow will see the Shakers fall nine points behind the Table toppers, and they have a game in hand as well over Bury in the league. Most likely impossible to chase down. But to dismiss Bury this season would be careless. Just ask the other 22 teams below them in the league.

Lowe Shows No Signs of Leaving Bury as They Head to Forest Green Rovers

It’s probably hard to find a more popular manager with the fans than Ryan Lowe at Bury. It seems impossible to not like a successful club player who shows potential to be all the same as a manager after making the step up, many ex-players find hard when stepping behind the white line. With Bury’s current league position under Lowe and the quality of football he’s brought to Gigg Lane, he is most definitely one of football’s in-form managers at present.

Lowe will no doubt have the full club backing at Bury, which it seems strange that he could leave the club. After confirming in yesterday’s press conference that rumours of a move to Kenilworth Road were simply ‘speculation’ and ‘nothing else’, it would be hard to find a football-related argument which suggests Lowe would leave, what looks like an exciting project under New Ownership.

The links to the League One club are a testament to the early success Lowe has enjoyed in a short amount of time. The style of football played by Bury has drawn parallel with that of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool over the past few weeks. Not least after his sides stunning comeback against MK Dons last Saturday which saw Bury come back from 3-1 down to win 4-3. A scoreline typical of the early days Klopp had at Anfield, which, as we can see at present, has laid the foundations for a tilt at the Premier League title.

However, Lowe will only have his eye one title at present and that’s the fight for automatic promotion from League Two. Tomorrow’s game against Forest Green will be no easy three points, however, as the Shakers face a team who haven’t lost since November.

But if there’s any team that can change that record then it is indeed Bury. Backed by the news that ‘The Irish Messi’ Jay O’Shea has signed a new one year contract, and the feeling Danny Mayor looks to be staying put before the January transfer window ends, all this should do no harm to the current dressing room mood.

After a nervy week all seems well…and breathe people.

Bury Quietly Going About Their Business as They Hunt Promotion

While near neighbours Oldham Athletic revelled in a famous Cup win at the weekend at Premier League side Fulham, Bury also enjoyed a crucial way win in League Two.

Not that it was a win that will go down in club folklore like Oldham Athletic’s most certainly will. A solitary goal by Nicky Maynard was enough to earn the Shakers a 1-0 win over Yeovil Town, a type of game they have struggled in this season. On a weekend dominated by FA Cup action, it took Bury into the automatic play off places which represented something more than a win.

Despite Lowe stating he didn’t want to ‘get carried away’ with Bury’s current position, it wouldn’t be unfair to suggest Bury are in for an exciting 2019. Or on the other hand, for Bury to fall away now in automatic promotion contention would be a huge disappointment.

Based on their current home form, it’s hard to see anything other than a challenge for the top three places. Whether Bury decide on a run for Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy is yet to be decided, but we shall know more after Tuesday nights game at Accrington Stanley.

The loss against Luton in the Cup last month may now not have been a great disaster, for their league form will cost such a great deal. Sure Lowe would have been relieved to see his side leave an away ground with three points in the league, something that hasn’t been said all season. Bury fans will hope the wait for a fifth win isn’t as long, for that would take till early March.

Who knows where Bury will be in two months time when they begin the run in. Hopefully things won’t be too different by then, which of course for those connected with Bury, is a good thing indeed.

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