A big game for the Shakers as they host Bristol Rovers on Tuesday; a team that has been unbeaten in nine consecutive games after their successful win against Southend United.
A goalless Greater Manchester derby for Bury and Oldham Athletic kept them clear from the relegation spot. Bury were close to taking the lead just 10 minutes into the game by Taylor Moore but volleyed wide.The Shakers mounted pressure on the Latics and dominated throughout the first half of the game. However, in the second half, Oldham’s chances of a goal at SportDirect.com Park became likely after Aaron Amadi-Holloway’s header was cleared off the line. Goalkeeper, Connor Ripley’s save in the 90th minute kept his clean sheet record to 15 games.
However, in the second half, Oldham’s chances of a goal at SportDirect.com Park became likely after Aaron Amadi-Holloway’s header was cleared off the line. Goalkeeper, Connor Ripley’s save in the 90th minute kept his clean sheet record to 15 games.
Bristol Rovers remain unbeaten yet again after a successive 2-0 win at the Memorial Stadium. They hosted a challenging Southend United who are also in the running to finish in the play-off spot for the remainder of this season. Within a minute of play, Billy Bodin fired a left-footed shot into the net after Chris Lines’ quickly taken free kick. The Pirates’ chances of taking home three points doubled after Rory Gaffney fired home a second goal for ‘Rovers on the edge of the penalty box. Southend manager, Phil Brown made a double substitution after 27 minutes; putting Nile Ranger and Stephen McLaughin on the pitch for Marc-Antoine Fortune and Will Atkinson respectively.
The second half of the match resulted in the Shrimpers dominating possession. Joe Lumley’s save from Simon Cox’s free-kick helped the Pirates maintain a second consecutive clean sheet. Southend were given the opportunity to make a comeback, but Anthony Wordsworth’s free-kick didn’t defeat the wall.
The last time the two teams met…
The Pirates were the last to host the game against Bury back in December where a 4-2 win for Bristol Rovers put them into 9th place. Bury were left fighting to avoid the relegation spot. The Shakers had lost 10 consecutive matches before their visit to the Memorial Stadium.
After 25 minutes of play, Bury had broken the goalless deadlock after Scott Burgess’ volley inside the penalty area. Their lead only lasted for 7 minutes when Rory Gaffney’s equaliser – a second attempt at goal after Lee Brown’s cross was failed to be cleared. Former striker, Matty Taylor pushed the Pirates into the lead with one minute left of stoppage time before half time.
The Pirates strengthened their chances of winning the three points after Ollie Clarke’s shot outside the box fired into the bottom left corner of the net. George Miller was introduced to the pitch after replacing Craig Jones. Within 3 minutes of play, Miller’s very close range goal took the Shakers up to two goals, where they only needed one more to equalise. However, Bury’s chances of making a comeback came to an end after defender, Peter Hartley scored the fourth and final goal for Bristol Rovers.
Bristol Rovers introduced Lee Mansell and Jake Clarke-Salter back into the squad. Mansell has barely been given a chance to play after he says the midfielders have been “irreplaceable” [Source: Bristol Post] The Chelsea loanee has been out since November last year following a fractured arm during their 1-5 loss to Charlton Athletic.
Bury’s Jacob Mellis was substituted off the pitch against Oldham due to an injury. However, the club has not mentioned his injury further which still gives the likely chance that Mellis will be available for Tuesday’s game. David Mayor was close to making it back into the squad after suffering an abdominal injury back in December when Bury played their first game of the season with the Pirates. Mayor underwent surgery to cure the stomach pain but an attempt to join in with training has set him back even further.
I think this will be an easy game for Bristol Rovers; judging on the form, the Pirates are the better side. They haven’t lost a game since January and are climbing up the league table. However, Bury are fighting to stay above the relegation zone and will need to start gaining points in order to maintain their position in League One. My prediction is Bury 1-2 Bristol Rovers.