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Bury Must Find a Way to Get Past This in-Form Newport Team

After a spirited second half performance over Colchester last Saturday bringing home a much-needed three points for Ryan Lowe’s side, Bury will need something similar on Good Friday against Newport.

Dom Telford helped resurrect the Shakers promotion hopes, but it will all be for nothing if they suffer a Good Friday defeat in Wales.

Having only lost three times at home in the league this season, whilst reaching the FA Cup fifth round in the process, there has been plenty of positives for Michael Flynn and co, particularly over the past five weeks.

Unbeaten for over a month, spanning five league games, this could be a so-called banana skin for Bury as they hunt down promotion.

The good thing for the Shakers is that they lead the race for the teams looking to steal promotion. The bad news is they can barely afford to lose even one match. From second to fifth- the table looks like this.

Bury 74,

Mansfield 73,

MK Dons 72,

Tranmere 71.

Bury’s last away game is at Tranmere too.

Last Saturday’s win was just what the club needed, following on from the financial drama which still hangs over the club. Ryan Lowe got his players to stand together in a huddle at full time whilst regularly clapped the fans for their support as they sung,’Oh Ryan Lowe’ throughout the game.

However, he, his players and staff are still to be paid as this is written, how long the peace and harmony can be kept up is anyone’s guess. The club will return to court on May 15th with a hefty 200K debt hanging over them. A ‘Just giving page’ has been set up on Twitter to get the staff paid.

Again the hope for all Bury fans is the players can pull thought this fiasco. Lowe has already said that the players will play onto the end of the season without pay if worst comes to worse.

Fans will hope Steve Dale can sought out these ongoing issues, for the fans part, a modest 3,900 crowd last weekend may not have been the dream number they may have wanted either.

That said for the team to throw away promotion would be a great disappointment, although Newport will do their worst. The Exiles return to form sees them only five points off the playoffs and are one of only three top half teams to have not lost any of their past five games.

For Bury however, the race for promotion goes on, with or without pay. How long the players stay unboard with the chairman however remains to be seen.

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Bury Stave Off Administration for Now, Curzon Ashton Boss Mark Bradshaw Talks Cup Chances, Rochdale Making Improvements

This is the EFL and Below Show, your look at all the footballing action in Greater Manchester that doesn’t come from Old Trafford or the Etihad.

Manchester Football Social’s Niall McCaughan is joined by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson of the Football Manc Cave for this week’s podcast.

Bury have struggled off the pitch in recent weeks as financial worries surround the club – is there a light at the end of the tunnel at Gigg Lane?

Curzon Ashton manager Mark Bradshaw chats to us as the Nash chase Manchester Premier Cup success for the first time since 1990.

We reflect on Salford’s promotion ambitions and Rochdale’s chances of safety in League One.

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Let’s pack out Gigg Lane in a must win game for Bury against Colchester

Having managed to avoid administration or liquidation in Court on Wednesday, Bury can finally focus on what goes on between the white lines, rather than what happens in the boardroom.

For now anyway, the winding up petition has been adjourned until the 15th May when the club are back in court. This will allow time for the players, coaching staff and fans to concentrate solely on promotion back to League One.

Before moving onto the financial trauma at Gigg Lane, Ryan Lowe and his players will need three points to get their promotion push back on track. Following on from a hat trick of defeats against Swindon, Cambridge and Carlisle, Saturday’s game against Colchester could prove to be the catalyst for a new charge at the top three.

Sitting only one point off Mansfield and MK Dons in second and third place, hope is not all lost for Bury in the promotion race but to lose again against John McGreal’s side could prove just too costly.

No Bury fan wants to see their side fall further behind in the promotion race, nor see the club go bust, meaning support this weekend is bigger than ever. With the announcement the club need to pay back just over £277,000 of unpaid tax to the HMRC by the end of the season, gate numbers will be pivotal in order to keep the club afloat.

With only three home games left before the end go the season, The Shakers don’t exactly have time on their side in order to claw back the debt they owe through match day revenue anyway.

Saturday’s game will see long serving home fans ditch their season tickets and pay the normal ticketing price, one only a ground hopper would pay if ever they attended this League Two fixture.

Incomings at Bury are more important than ever, so too is limiting the outgoings the club has in order to avoid liquidation.

In his latest club statement, Chairman Steve Dale stated that the running of the club will need significant reform if they are to survive in the long term.

‘There will need to be major changes in the Club to sustain its existence, it can no longer act like a premiership club as the previous owners aspired to and it needs to be cutting its cloth accordingly to guarantee its future as this is paramount to Fans and Community, some actions needed will be bitter pills to take and some people will disagree but our course of action is impartial I’m here to save a Club not pander to certain individuals, the Club comes first.

‘There are many issues within the Club that need addressing, take it from me what you see is not what you get, it serves certain people who do not have the interest of the club to heart only their own personal agenda but spin clouds this, time will show who these people are’.

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Ryan Lowe Defiant Despite Dark Clouds Over Bury

Somewhere today all those associated with the of Bury FC will know the clubs future destiny, short and long term.

At 10.30am the Shakers are up in Court where the long term future of the club looks set to be decided. Now a week on from the social media breakout which painted the club in bleak light, highlighting staff within the club hadn’t been paid for March, directors not present at Tuesday night’s game against Cambridge and the club statement announcing  ‘prehistorical debt’ was affecting the club in worser ways than anyone could have imagined, on and off the pitch the wheels seem to be coming off.

On Saturday the management staff and players will somehow look to halt the slide of three consecutive defeats, as they take on promotion chasing Colchester United.

Yet there are fears the club might not even survive till the weekend, especially if Bury are to be wound up in court or Chairman Steve Dale fails to deal with the debt which hangs over the club as they face a history defining day.

However, despite this worrying time for Bury, manager Ryan Lowe still believes the players can rise above the off-field drama.

Speaking to TalkSport at the EFL Awards on Sunday night-where midfielder Jay O’Shea was named in the League Two team of the year, Lowe seemed in good spirits and only had eyes for promotion, for now anyway.

‘Every team has bumps in the road on the way to success and we are going through ours now’.

I get that the lads not being paid is an issue and I hope that gets resolved very soon, what we need to do is unite together as a club.

On the current wage problems – ‘I honestly don’t know(when the players and staff are to be paid), I haven’t had any confirmation from the directors nor the owner in all honesty’.

‘Its affecting the players 100%, not being paid. We hadn’t conceded 9 goals in three games all season, now we have done (against Swindon 1-3, Cambridge 0-3 and Carlisle 3-2).

‘I am trying to make sure there is positivity but it’s certainly affecting the lads.

On the players striking, something seen done recently at rivals Bolton Wanderers – ‘We are never going to do that, for all the fans and those who are also associated with us. We’ve scored 96 goals and been one of the best teams in the league this season’.

The lads have been fantastic, I think we really deserve to go up. I’ll  discuss my future at the end of the season with the owners. I want to see these lads, staff and fans over the line’.

Bury Need to Put Off-The-Field Troubles to One Side With One Final Promotion Push

In some way shape or form Ryan Lowe and his side really need to put this weeks drama aside. How they do this is another matter, due to the fact they haven’t been paid for March and that issue is still to be resolved at the time this article is being written.

What can be agreed on though is the commitment all players and coaches of the club. March was not the first time wages hadn’t been paid to the staff of the club, this just showing how troubling the off the field troubles have been so far this season.

Steve Dale said when he bought the club a significant amount of financial damage had to be resolved, and fans and all those associated with the club are only just realising the trouble left pre-December takeover.

In a statement released by Steve Dale last night, he announced that the financial rumours were indeed true, but he and the board were doing all they can to ensure the club survives the latest fiasco that is upon Gigg Lane.

‘I can confirm that there is some element of truth in the circulating information relating to the club’s financial affairs. Due to a number of unforeseen issues, the financial position of the club is significantly worse than what was discovered during our due diligence process prior to the acquisition’.

‘The full extent of the problems inherited from the previous ownership of the club have become apparent over time, and this has undoubtedly led to our current difficulties’.

It’s very difficult to believe that Bury are still 3rd in League Two, and on the pitch still so many questions are yet to be answered. The Shakers are on 71 points and despite back to back home defeats, hold off Mansfield by two points in the race for promotion, with eight of the top nine having played 40 games.

Fans will no doubt have worried greatly about the future of Bury, with thoughts turning from promotion to whether they will have a club to watch next season. At Carlisle today, the away end will be full with Bury fans hoping to cheer on their side for a valuable three points.

Ryan Lowe and his staff have agreed to play on till the end of the season, even if they aren’t to be paid. In a more positive part of Dale’s statement, he announced he, nor his colleagues, would be letting the club fall into the abyss.

To address some of the gossip pertaining to my own position, I can assure you that this remains the same as it has been from day one. On the pitch, I have always been clear that I can add nothing; from that perspective, the club is in the highly capable hands of our Sporting Director, our Manager, and the players.

We’re currently sat third in the league, and so I consider them to be doing their jobs extremely effectively. If in any given week the team loses a bit of form, showing them support and enthusiasm will help them rise to the occasion, as they have so many times before.’

‘The full extent of the problems inherited from the previous ownership of the club have become apparent over time, and this has undoubtedly led to our current difficulties. It is certainly a testing time, but we can overcome it. We will overcome it.’

Bury join Bolton in being on the brink of administration, Salford back in form and Rochdale appoint Brian Barry-Murphy

This is the EFL and Below Show, your weekly look at all the footballing action in Greater Manchester which doesn’t come from Old Trafford or the Etihad.

Manchester Football Social’s Niall McCaughan is joined in the studio by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson from the Football Manc Cave, where Bolton and Bury’s financial turmoil is a big talking point.

The lads also chat Salford’s chances of National League promotion and Brian Barry-Murphy’s appointment as new Rochdale manager as they look to stave off relegation.

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Bury’s Undroppable Midfielders May Miss Out on Player of Year Award

Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea were nominated for League Two player of the season on Tuesday. Rightly so, between them they’ve netted 26 goals and 12 assists in the process of taking Bury to within touching basis of promotion with 8 games to play.

There is no doubt a few eyebrows may have been raised when Lowe opted for a 3-5-2 formation back in August following on from Bury’s slow start to life in League Two, but there has been no better players than Mayor or O’Shea who have benefited from the formation switch.

For Mayor, he has no doubt found a level to excel at in League Two this season and his creative play will prove just that. Still Bury’s main creative force and the main architect behind Bury’s newly found attacking play under Lowe this season.

Jay O’Shea has been of similar ranking and no doubt deserves his nomination, but may be overlooked for the award. One of the surviving players from the shambles that was Bury’s 2017/18 League One campaign under Lee Clark, Chris Lucketti and then finally Lowe himself as caretaker manager, O’Shea has powered through the ranks netting 16 goals this year and he’s got 8 games to still add to his tally.

Whether Bury’s nominees win the award is another matter, but they may be one goalscoring machine that could deny either the top prize.

Despite a fair few assists from Lowe’s duo, neither can come close to Tranmere striker James Norwood in terms of goals, scoring 26 league goals this season, 9 more than Nicky Maynard. Where Tranmere would be without his goals in another debate. 5 wins in a row, the Merseyside based club look the most likeliest to make one final push for the automatic promotion places, trailing MK Dons by 5 points but can look to David’s Flitcroft Mansfield cracking under pressure for a glimmer of hope.

All three have had a huge effect on there respective teams this season, but if Mayor and O’Shea are to be denied, it will be simply because an out and out goal scorer has had one of those seasons.

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