Joe Mwasile 67′
- Greg Hall
- Caspar Hughes (C)
- Matty Devine
- Joe Davis
- Josh Langley
- Troy Bourne
- James Lawrie
- Matt Bell
- Joe Malkin
- Jamie Reed
- Will Saxon
By Fred Dobberson:
This weekend, The Dabbers welcome EFL League 1 side, Bury FC to The Weaver Stadium for their second pre-season game.
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Stadium: Weaver Stadium, Waterlode, Nantwich, CW5 5BS
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 13th July
Admission: Adults: £8, Concessions: £5, U16s: £2 (or free with a paying adult)
Name: Bury Football Club
Nickname: The Shakers
Manager: Paul Wilkinson
Ground: Gigg Lane
Last Season: 2nd (Promoted from EFL League 2)
A Deeper Look
Off the back of a hugely successful 2018/19 EFL League 2 season, Bury FC are heading to The Weaver Stadium this weekend to begin their pre-season campaign. Last season saw Bury FC remarkably gain promotion back into EFL League 1 despite money trouble behind the scenes. Previous manager, Ryan Lowe, inspired The Shakers to become second in EFL League 2, with his side going unbeaten for 14 games between the end of December till the end of March. Lowe recently left the club to become the manager of Plymouth Argyle FC.
In The Dugout
Only early last week, it was announced that Paul Wilkson would be taking the reigns as the Bury FC manager for their 2019/20 EFL League 1 campaign. The 54 year old has previously had spells at Cardiff City as a coach, Northampton Town as caretaker manager, and Grimsby Town as assistant, as well as a number of other coaching jobs. Bury will be hoping that Wilkinson’s experience in coaching over a number of years will be enough for the to have another successful season of football.
The transfer window so far has proved tough for The Shakers, who are yet to bring in a signing. 9 players have departed on free transfers, most notably attacking midfielder, Jay O’Shea and centre back Tom Aldred to A-League Side, Brisbane Roar FC. With the beginning of the season getting nearer, Bury FC will be looking to bring in players with vital EFL League 1 experience in the coming weeks.
By Fred Dobberson:
Goals from both sides wasn’t enough to separate Nantwich Town and Bury in the Dabbers’ second pre-season game at the Weaver Stadium. Bury opened the scoring through Jordan Archer who put the visitors ahead, converting a neat corner routine, before Joe Mwasile equalised for the hosts shortly after.
The early stages of the game saw Bury the more dominant side in terms of possession, however the Shakers showed little attacking threat. Will Saxon’s header from James Lawrie’s corner was the first chance of the game, however the attacking midfielders couldn’t quite direct the ball towards the goal.
Nantwich skipper Caspar Hughes then came close to lobbing through an inch-perfect ball to Joe Malkin, who couldn’t quite stretch his leg out far enough to get a touch in the ball.
Bury later came close down the left side, as their pacey winger found space to run into on the edge of the box, but his shot hit the side netting.
As the half ran on, Jamie Reed’s pressure forced the Bury defence to make mistake and give the ball away. This left the forward with the ball on the edge of the six yard box but at a tight angle, however, Reed was unable to capitalise on the mistake, and blazed the ball over the cross bar.
With the half coming to an end, Hughes again lobbed a ball through to Malkin, who’s first touch took the ball over the Bury defender. Malkin created enough space for a shot, however, his lob attempt ended up over the bar.
Bury’s goal game early in the second half, after a corner was floated into the back post, headed down into the six yard box, and eventually poked in by Jordan Archer under Greg Hall.
After a quiet spell for both sides, Will Saxon picked up the ball on the right wing, his first touch leaving Bury’s left back behind him. Saxon then played a ball through to Joe Mwasile, who calmly slotted the ball into the keepers near side.
Only minutes after the Dabbers’ goal, Greg Hall was forced into making a fantastic low diving save, knocking the Bury midfielders powerful shot around the post and out for a corner.
The Dabbers later had a chance to take the lead, seconds after Jordan Hall had come on, his interception almost left him with an open goal. Eventually managing to get control of the ball, Hall looked to find Lawrie on the penalty spot who would have had an open goal. But the Bury goalkeeper managed to recover well and intercept Hall’s pass.
After numerous chances for both sides and a penalty shout for Nantwich, the game eventually finished 1-1. The Dabbers will now look forward to heading to Winsford United away this forthcoming Tuesday evening.
Nantwich Town: Greg Hall, Caspar Hughes (C), Matty Devine, Joe Davis, Josh Langley, Troy Bourne, James Lawrie, Matt Bell, Joe Malkin, Jamie Reed, Will Saxon
Subs used: Joe Mwasile, David Webb, Harry Goode, Josh Williams, Joe Howell, David Neligwa, Will Foster
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