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Preview: Bury v Fleetwood Town

29 December 2017

A busy festive period resumes for Fleetwood on Saturday as they head to Bury in Sky Bet League One.

Goals from Ash Hunter and Devante Cole sealed a late Christmas present for Uwe Rosler’s side as they picked up their first league win in nine last time out at Oldham Athletic.

Bury, managed by former Fleetwood assistant manager Chris Lucketti, sit bottom of the table, having lost 3-0 at home to Rotherham United on Boxing Day.

Uwe Rosler says…

“We know Bury have very good individual players and a new manager, so we have to be prepared for everything they throw at us. We have to counter that and try to play our game, with as much energy and hunger for the win as at Oldham. We respect any side in our league. We need to be at our best to give ourselves a chance to win games in this league and that is all I am concentrating on. It is as important as the Oldham game, we have to take the positivity and confidence from that win to Bury.”

Chris Lucketti says…

[AFTER ROTHERHAM DEFEAT] “The first two goals were avoidable but we’re saying that every week. You’ve got to get the basics right and we’re not doing that in terms of defending our box. We also need to be more clinical because we did make some opportunities in the second half. The next game can’t come quick enough and Saturday will be an opportunity to move on from this.”

The Form Guide

Fleetwood picked up their first league win in nine on Boxing Day, but have won three of their last six in all competitions.

Bury prop up the Sky Bet League One table and have won just once in eleven league games, but that was against then top of the table Shrewsbury Town.

Bury Last Five: WDLLL

Fleetwood Last Five: LWLLW

We’ve Met Before

Fleetwood have never lost in a competitive fixture to Bury, having won four of the seven meetings, with three draws. Last time out saw a thriller at Highbury as the match finished 3-2. Jordy Hiwula’s double fired Town 2-0 ahead inside half an hour, before Bury fought back to 2-2 before half time. Ash Hunter won it in the second half, but Fleetwood were fortunate not have dropped two points as Bury missed a penalty in second half stoppage time. Last season, both meetings finished goalless. 

One to Watch

Bury’s leading scorer Jermaine Beckford was ruled out for the rest of the season last week, which has allowed striker Nicky Ajose to stake a claim in the Shakers’ attack. The former Manchester United youngster has played for a host of Football League clubs including Peterborough United, Swindon Town, Crawley Town and Charlton, from where he is on loan at Gigg Lane.

Betting Odds

Fancy a bet ahead of Fleetwood Town’s match up against Bury this Saturday? See the latest odds from our EFL partner Sky Bet.

Uwe Rosler’s men have been back to win as they are priced at 8/5.

Bury are 9/5 to take all three points at Gigg Lane, with a draw between the two sides priced at 21/10. 

The last time these two sides met was in September, when Town beat the Shakers 3-2 at Highbury. A brace from Jordy Hiwula, followed up by a third by Ash Hunter secured the win on that day. A repeat of this score line is 33/1.

Nicky Ajose is the odds favourite to score first for the home team at 11/2, whereas Devante Cole is favourite for Town, priced at 4/1. Lewie Coyle is the outside bet for Fleetwood, as he is priced at 40/1.

All odds are subject to change. For more odds visit Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Report: Town end 2017 with three points after win at Bury

30 December 2017

Goals from Ashley Hunter and Devante Cole saw Fleetwood end 2017 with a win after a comfortable 2-0 win at Bury.

The two attackers - who scored in Fleetwood’s last game at Oldham on Boxing Day – notched either side of half-time to secure the points. 

Uwe Rosler named an unchanged side from the win at Boundary Park, with Conor McAleny named on the bench again for the second consecutive match.

It was a bright start to the match for Bury as Danny Mayor found space down the left-hand side, he managed to pick out Andrew Tutte inside the 18-yard-box, but the midfielder saw his shot sail over the crossbar.

Mayor was involved moments later, another run on the inside of Lewie Coyle caught out the Town defence and as he went to curl his shot around Chris Neal, Cian Bolger did enough to get a deflection on the shot to send it out for a corner. The resulting corner came of nothing for the hosts.

Chris Lucketti’s side nearly took the lead after quarter of an hour through Jay O’Shea. He wormed his way past the two centre halves of Town, however his strike at goal was tame and very comfortable for Neal to collect.

The game entered a period of stalemate with both teams cancelling each other side, especially in the middle of the park. Rosler’s men looked the more dangerous after 20 minutes and the travelling fans thought Bolger headed Town into the lead, but it only hit the side netting.

Town took the lead through Hunter with the next attack. George Glendon had success on the right wing, he played the ball into the box and it wasn’t cleared by Bury, and with it falling kindly for the inform Hunter, he pounced on the ball and sided footed the shot into the back of the net. That was just what the away side deserved after a good spell in the match.

The Shakers didn’t let the early goal get them down and they tested Neal from long range. Callum Reilly found a pocket of space 25-yards from goal, tried his luck and made the former Bury man punch the shot over the bar.

As Bury were building some momentum just before the half, the referee Mr Whitehouse blew his whistle and one minute was added on and sent Town back to their dressing room leading by the one goal.

Rosler’s men doubled their lead two minutes after the restart. Schwabl won the ball back inside of his own half, he played the ball over the top of the home defence, with Cole beating goalkeeper Leonardo Fasan to the ball and saw his shot land in an empty goal. The perfect start for Town in the second half.

Ashley Eastham made two crucial tackles soon after the goal with one being a well-timed, last ditched intervention on Smith and this lead to a Town counter attack, which resulted in Fasan pulling off a good save down to his left-hand side to deny Wes Burns.

Hunter looked to have made it 3-0 after the hour mark. The 22-year-old placed the ball in the net, and as he then went to celebrate with the 242 away fans he saw the linesman’s flag was up.  You can only assume the official deemed the cross from Burns had gone out of play for a goal kick before reaching his strike partner.

Conor McAleny was introduced by Rosler after a few months on the side line, and makes his first appearance since the win over Oxford United at Highbury.

Neal pulled off one of the saves of the season later in the game to deny Craig Jones. The wide man worked the ball well past Bell, his left footed strike looked goal bound, and somehow the goalkeeper got a finger tip to the ball to keep his first clean-sheet in the league this season. 

Town kept going until the final whistle and as the referee signalled for full time, it has now seen the Cod Army pick up six points from their last two away matches.

Bury XI: Fasan (GK), Leigh, Edwards, Cameron, Tutte, O’Shea, Smith (Maguire 66’), Dawson, Aldred, Reilly (Bunn 56’), Mayor (Jones 73’)

Subs not used: Moloney (GK), Skarz, Laurent, Danns

Town XI: Neal (GK), Coyle, Bell, Eastham, Dempsey, Burns (McAleny 72’), Bolger ©, Glendon, Hunter (Sowerby 89'), Schwabl, Cole (Hiwula 80’)

Subs not used: Cairns (GK), Pond, Rodgers, Biggins.

Referee: Dean Whitehouse

Attendance: 3,158 (242 away).

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Ticket News

Tickets available on the day for Town's trip to Bury

29 December 2017

Tickets are now off sale but will be available for Fleetwood Town supporters to purchase on the day for our final fixture of 2017 against Bury on Saturday 30th December (3pm k/o).

Uwe Rosler's side beat Oldham Athletic on the road on Boxing Day, and travel to bottom of the table Bury looking for a repeat success.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adult - £20 

Over 65s - £14

Under 23s - £14

Under 12s - £5

Under 5s - FREE

Wheelchair - £14

Carer - £14

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