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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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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.’

Can Bury Take Advantage of Lincoln’s Tricky Fixture Run-In To Be Crowned Champions

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.

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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.

Lowe Scores a Hat Trick For Bury With Top Award

Ryan Lowe has had plenty to cheer about in his first full season as manager of Bury and, the awards keep on coming with the Shakers boss again the man of the hour.

With Bury still yet to taste league defeat in 2019, Lowe was named manager of the month for February,  the third time he’s picked up the award this season.  With Bury 2nd and on the verge of promotion with only 10 games to play, everything seems to be shaping up nicely for a grand stand finish at Gigg Lane between now and May.

It’s the second time in as many months Lowe has won the accolade, yet he knows more than anybody that most important award is still to be achieved this season.

“I’m over the moon to get a hat-trick of Manager of the Month awards for the season, but as I’ve said before, it’s not just me, it’s my staff, my players.

“It’s nice to have them accolades, it’s recognition we’re playing the right way, but ultimately, it’s just another personal accolade, with the big picture at the end of the season. I’d happily trade them all in for where we want to get to’.

Bury sit just two points off Lincoln-having played a game more than Danny Cowley’s men, but the form guide will show the Shakers are more than worthy to return to League One at the first time of asking, following on from their relegation last April.

Despite being knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy by League One Portsmouth, February was again an impressive month for Lowe’s side, picking up 10 points from a possible 12, one that included a derby win over Oldham and season defining wins at both Morecambe and Exeter.

The Shakers have been the EFL’s entertainers this season, never mind in League Two where already 25 goals have been scored by Bury in 2019, more than another club in England’s top four divisions.

Yet despite these eye-catching statistics, Lowe won’t be satisfied until his side are promoted, no matter how many individual awards he picks up before the end of the season.

Positives Ringing Around Gigg Lane, Despite Cup Knockout

Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat in a cup competition is not a scoreline alien to Bury fans when it comes to knockout football.  This was the same result as the embarrassment against Woking back in The FA Cup first round replay in 2017.

The fans took out their frustrations on the players that night with several verbal complaints, as a sorry Shakers side were dumped out of the FA Cup which would end with relegation back to League Two only a matter of months later.

Yet despite a disappointing second-half display against Portsmouth in the Checkatrade trophy, the reaction from the fans could not have been different. As the game drifted to a rare Bury defeat, fans in the North Stand turned to loud cries of the chant ‘Ryan Lowe’s barmy army’, just to show how strong the backing of this promotion-chasing side is.

There has been plenty of support from the fans this season, something the players have bounced off strongly.  This follows the season-high attendances last Saturday, which saw nearly eight thousand fans flock to Gigg Lane in Saturday’s 3-1 derby win over Oldham Athletic.

Despite spending large parts of the game behind, a 25-minute blitz saw Paul Scholes’s Oldham side blown away, as a Nicky Maynard brace and Caolan Lavery goal brought home a derby victory, another thing that has been a struggle in recent years for Bury.

Yet there is no question Ryan Lowe has brought an attacking brand of football not seen at Bury for years, yet League One Portsmouth did take advantage of the defensive lapses that still exist amongst the defence in Tuesday’s cup defeat.

Pompey did this in the space of only three minutes. Gareth Evans free kick to open the scoring was well taken, but the three-man backline was caught napping as Oliver Hawkins found a clinical and crucial second goal, acting quicker than any Bury defender in the box to end Bury’s Wembley dream.

Pompey may have made the final score grim reading for Bury, however, it definitely flattered Kenny Jackett’s men. But after Evans put Pompey ahead, the home side’s response was lacking in order to cause an upset against a team who have struggled to find wins over the past few weeks in League One.

Yet for Bury to reach a semi-final speaks volumes and no fan could leave their seat feeling too annoyed with their side, having exceeded all expectations, especially to make the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

After league Two leaders Lincoln dropped points against Exeter, there was indeed a silver lining feeling in the air at Gigg Lane as The Imps lead at the top was cut to only three points. A response against Macclesfield on Saturday is much needed though, but even after a defeat, it’s hard to go against this Bury side.

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.

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