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The Opposition - Bury

We take an in-depth look at the Shakers, ahead of Town's Sky Bet League Two clash with Ryan Lowe's side tomorrow (3pm)

7 September 2018

Rex Features
Ryan Lowe

Grimsby Town return to Sky Bet League Two action with a trip to Gigg Lane to face Ryan Lowe’s Bury tomorrow (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s side will be hoping to kick on from their 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy win over Notts County at Blundell Park on Tuesday.

But the Shakers – who beat Morecambe to pick up their first league win since the opening-day last weekend – stand in the Mariners’ way.

Bury beat Yeovil 1-0 on the opening-day before falling to defeat by the same scoreline at MK Dons, and drew 1-1 with Forest Green Rovers.

The Shakers then suffered consecutive defeats to Lincoln City and Crawley Town before beating Morecambe 3-2 last Saturday.

But they fell to a 1-0 midweek defeat to local rivals Rochdale in the Checkatrade Trophy, and will be hoping to bounce back against Town tomorrow.

Transfer activity

The Shakers – who are 15th-place in the league – had a very busy summer of transfer business, following their relegation from Sky Bet League One, as they brought in 14 new faces to Gigg Lane.

Bury’s key signings are arguably 21-year-old striker Dom Telford from Stoke City, centre-forward Caolan Lavery on loan from Sheffield United, and winger Nicky Adams from Carlisle United.

The Shakers also signed experienced 32-year-old striker Chris Dagnall from Crewe Alexandra, 30-year-old winger Byron Moore from Bristol Rovers, and 27-year-old Coventry City left-back Chris Stokes.

But there were also some notable departures from the club this summer, with a number of key players returning to League One as 18-year-old attacking-midfielder Callum Styles joined Barnsley, 29-year-old winger Chris Maguire signed for Sunderland, and 24-year-old forward Zeli Ismail moved to Walsall.

Ones to watch

The ex-League One side have a very strong squad of players, and will pose threats all over the field when they face the Mariners tomorrow.

Striker Dom Telford will arguably be the Shakers’ biggest threat to Town tomorrow. The 21-year-old has scored two goals so far this season – a brace in last weekend’s victory over Morecambe – and he will now be hoping to kick on, and add more to his tally.

The ex-Stoke City forward, who scored three goals in 19 league appearances on loan at Bristol Rovers last season, is nippy and has a keen eye for goal.

Winger Danny Mayor has played in all six of Bury’s League Two matches this season, scoring a goal in the Crawley defeat, and he will be hoping to continue his good form for the Shakers.

The 27-year-old, who has been at the club since 2014, has scored 18 goals in 135 league appearances for the Shakers, and he’ll be hoping to keep Town’s defence occupied at Gigg Lane tomorrow.

Winger Nicky Adams has already made seven appearances in all competitions for the Shakers this season, since returning to the club from Carlisle United in the summer.

The 31-year-old, who scored one goal in 38 league appearances during his first spell at the club in 2014-15, is a skilful winger, who likes to chip in with goals and assists.

Tomorrow’s clash with the Shakers at Gigg Lane will be streamed live exclusively on iFollow Mariners, and will be available to watch in the UK.


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