In our last outing Dave McNabbs men put Skelmersdale United to the sword in an emphatic 10 – 1 victory. A result that is a new league record for The Shakers surpassing the 8 – 0 set against Huddersfield Town way back in January 1970.
Goals for; Andy Briggs, Connor Comber, Andy Scarisbrick, Dec Daniels, Arthur Lomax-Jones, Benito Lowe, Sam Burns and a debut hattrick for local lad Jacob Holland-Wilkinson left the Gigg Lane faithful in no doubt that the team has their eyes fully set on the task ahead of them in the next fifteen games.
Our next outing see’s us travel to St Helens to face another Merseyside team, Pilkington Football Club. The last time the two sides met it was a closely contested affair until the final 10 minutes with Bury putting the foot on the pedal, piling on the pressure to come away with a 3-1 win.
We will be facing a much changed and very youthful Pilks side as manager Ste Palfrey stepped back following the November fixture at Gigg, making way for Matt Potter and Kev Langley to take the Glass’ reigns sparking a transformation of the playing squad, as is often the case at this level.
Get down to the Arcoframe on Saturday and help us bring the three points back to Bury as we continue our push for promotion.
You can view the highlights from our last outing and the latest episode of Playing Away below.
‘Playing Away’ – Episode Seven
Opponents – Pilkington Football Club
Pilkington Football Club, officially founded in 1938, boasts a rich history rooted in the Pilkington glass factory in St Helens. Originating from workers’ teams in the 19th century, the club officially formed in 1938 after the amalgamation of St Helens’ works teams. The early years were marked by participation in various leagues, with the club joining the Mid-Cheshire League in 1983/84.
Over the decades, managerial changes and league challenges characterized the club’s journey. Notably, the 1992/93 season marked a shift in focus towards youth development under Dave Burrows. The late 1990s witnessed the 1st Team’s ascent, securing promotion in 1997/98. The early 2000s saw a rejuvenation led by managers Dave Burrows and Andy Hockenhull, achieving success in the Liverpool Junior Cup.
The 2010s brought managerial changes and a renewed emphasis on professionalism. The club experienced both relegation and promotion, with Ste Palfrey taking over in 2015/16. The 2017/18 season marked a turning point, with Pilkington FC achieving promotion to the Cheshire League Premier Division and expanding its junior and women’s teams.
The 2019/20 season saw the club enter the North West Counties Football League, Division One North. Managerial changes occurred in 2020/21, with Ste Palfrey returning for his third spell. In the 2022/23 season, Pilkington FC triumphed as North West Counties First Division North Champions, culminating in their third promotion in five seasons. The club’s growth extends beyond the men’s senior team, now fielding multiple women’s and junior teams, showcasing a flourishing community presence.
Advance tickets for this game are now onsale HERE
- Adults – £8 (inc £1 booking fee)
- Under 16 – £5 (inc £1 booking fee)
There will also be a cash and card pay on the day turnstile.
Travel & Parking
Ground: The Arcoframe Arena
Address: Ruskin Sports Village
Postcode: WA10 6RP
Travel by public transport
The closest train station is St Helens Central which is approximately 2km away. There also railway stations at Thatto Heath (2.5km) and Eccleston Park (3.5km).
There are bus stops on Rivington Road, Dentons Green Lane and Tennis Street (all within 250m of the Sports Village)
Travel by car
Leave A580 East Lancashire Road at Windle Island and turn onto Rainford Road. Follow Rainford Road and turn right onto Dentons Green Lane. Take your second left onto Ruskin Drive and follow the road until you reach the complex.
From Liverpool leave M57 at junction 2 for A57 and follow signs for Prescot along High Street, ground signposted on left, Hope Street, as above.
There is a free car park on site for supporters to us and parking available via local residential street parking. When parking locally to the ground, supporters attending the game are requested to be mindful of local residents. Please leave space for residents to access properties at all times.
On the day:
The Arcoframe Stadium has a 200 seater covered stand from which spectators can enjoy the game. There is also space for standing spectators on the North, East and South sides of the ground. There is no segregation. Home and away flags and banners are welcome.
There is a ‘refreshment kiosk’ on the ground prior to kick off and during the game with hot food and drinks on sale (pies, sausage rolls, bacon barms, tea, coffee, etc).
There is also a fully licensed bar and clubhouse ‘The Wicket Bar and Grub’ for home and away supporters which is situated 50M from the ground. It opens at 12 noon on Saturdays and 6pm on midweek nights. A full range of food plus alcoholic and soft drinks available before, during and after the match. There is also BT Sports and Sky Sports matched shown.
Match Coverage & Live Stream
If you are unable to make the game, we’ll have all the live coverage across our media platforms.
Live Stream: For this game, we will have no live stream. Keep up-to-date with all our video content via the club’s YouTube Channel. Click to subscribe and never miss highlights and match reaction across the season.
Audio Commentary: Roch Valley Radio will be providing commentary for this game. Click here ahead of kick-off to listen live. Audio commentary will be provided for every game of the season, so you will never miss a piece of the action.
Social Media: Our team will also bring you in-depth text commentary via the club ‘MatchDay Live‘ Twitter feed, with team news and half time and full time updates available also on Facebook and feel like you are there with our match galleries and imagery available over on Instagram.
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Up the Shakers!