In today’s football calendar there are very few weekends off, so Bury’s postponement against Cambridge last weekend means it’s been two weeks since a late Nicky Maynard winner saw the Shakers steal all three points over Stevenage, with a performance typical of ‘the hallmark of champions’.
Since that dramatic afternoon, Bury are still capable of winning League Two as the season enters the home straight. In order to take the top spot, they’ll need to avoid any more defeats, home or away. That may seem almost impossible on paper but Bury hasn’t got much choice with Danny Cowley’s Lincoln still six points clear.
With only 8 (Lincoln) and 9 (Bury) games left to play, Ryan Lowe will be hoping for something extra special to end his superb first season in charge at Gigg Lane. Bury have 27 points left to play for, meaning that right now a total of 97 points are the maximum Lowe’s men can reach. Lincoln on 76 points have an achievable target of 100, but can’t afford more than one slip up realistically due to the gap at the top of the table so tight.
What’s likely is neither team will suffer more than two stumbles before the end of the season, but a few stand out matches could cause the odd issue, however.
Back-to-back games against playoff chasing Colchester and Carlisle will be no easy task, the same goes for Tranmere in the final away game who sit in the top seven as things stand. For Lincoln, their games will bring a smile to a Bury fan dreaming of the League Two end of season number one spot.
They’ll play the same opposition as Bury who are listed above plus MK Dons who have a puncher’s chance of automatic promotion. A home game taking on Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield will also throw up a different challenge altogether, and one that shouldn’t be underestimated.
Many Bury fans will relish the thought of promotion alone this season, going up as champions will merely be a bonus to what’s already been accomplished. In Lincoln’s game at Mansfield last Monday night, several shakers fans would rather have seen an Imps win than three points for former manager David Flitcroft and Mansfield for example.
Bury’s own ambitions will probably rest on how many, or how few points Lincoln drop before the season is out. Therefore, looking at Lincoln’s run in fixtures, fans can dream at least.