The Thursday Preview: Burton Albion Vs Bury
A match involving two clubs to feature just the once in the annals of The Two Unfortunates this season seemed a logical port of call for our preview this week, especially given that the game will take place tomorrow night under the lamps of the Pirelli Stadium: the superglue complex that has seen attendances drop to a few hundred above a thousand this autumn.
Burton Albion’s Derby connections are well know with Darren Moore joining fellow ex-Rams Paul Peschisolido, Gary Rowett and Paul Boertien this Summer. The amiable God botherer looked washed up towards the end of his days as a Ram, but a respectable season at Barnsley was enough to see him earn an Isaac-like reprieve and a final professional contract.
The big mon, as any lurking Scots would surely call him, has bemoaned Albion’s wispy away form, with a Shaun Harrad inspired comeback at Rotherham and a famous 2-1 win at leaders and local rivals Chesterfield the only highlights, albeit buttock-clenchingly enjoyable ones. The Spireites will attempt to enact a speedy revenge before the end of the month in the FA Cup and will beware the ex-Notts County man following his eighty second minute winner, although fellow striker Greg Pearson, deadly a year ago when I saw him in the League Cup at Reading, has gone off the boil somewhat.
Bury will note the Brewers’ recent 3-0 win over Bradford City, a side to whom they themselves recently tumbled. Indeed, the 1-0 sucker punch defeat has become a common scenario for Shakers, with Tranmere (in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) and Stockport both pillaging lone goal wins at Gigg Lane. The footloose and fancy free fare of the fledgling season (5-4 v Gillingham; 4-3 v Torquay) has dried up and the route one tactics that were so effective in an early win over Accrington seem more blunt edged of late. Still, high profile loanee Nicky Ajose has hypnotized defenders with his pace, a “proper” Manchester United man sharing a temporary home with those interlopers from FC United.
The Gigg Laners have an injury crisis in goal with Cameron Belford, doubted by our pre-season correspondent James Bentley, replaced by Owain Fôn Williams from Stockport after cracking a cheekbone. Despite the portents favouring Burton, I’ll take Bury to dish out a little of their own medicine and snatch a 1-0 win and to please their majority shareholders and fans group, Forever Bury.