What a way to follow up a bad result: two wins and two clean sheets, in-front of two bumper crowds at Gigg Lane in the past week, which put us clear at the top of the league as we head to another play-off chasing side this Saturday.
The Step Places Stadium is the venue for a sell-out clash, as fifth placed West Didsbury & Chorlton welcome the top-of-the-table Shakers to South Manchester. West’s form of two wins in seven league games will no doubt be a concern to manager Chris Rowley, but if the reverse fixture from early September is anything to go by – we are in for some fireworks.
Benito Lowe’s return from early season injury was timed perfectly, as he swiveled past his marker with added time almost up to place the ball into the top corner and send the majority of the 3,838 crowd home delighted following a pulsating 4-3 win. Recap the best bits, with our highlights below.
Incoming: Dan Cockerline— Bury Football Club (@buryfcofficial) October 24, 2023
Just ahead of tonight's game, we are delighted to announce the signing of forward Dan Cockerline from Newcastle Town!
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A 4-0 drubbing of Wythenshawe Town last weekend, with a debut hat-trick from Joe Duckworth was followed up with a more workmanlike performance against a lowly-placed Squires Gate on Tuesday. The game saw Lowe grab his 11th of the season and become the difference between the two sides. He left the field with strapping on his thigh, and of equal concern to manager Dave McNabb, Andy Scarisbrick left the field hobbling in the second half following a nasty challenge.
McNabb hope will pull up in time for the trip to West, otherwise their will no doubt be a scrap for the starting number nine shirt, with Dan Cockerline (right) joining Andy Briggs on the subs bench just before kick-off on Tuesday. Both will be vying to be on the teamsheet come Saturday at 3pm.
With a current record of seven wins from the last 10 is impressive, the manager admitted to a questioning of the squad’s mentality at points on Tuesday night. He will be pleased no doubt that whilst struggling at stages against Gate, the side still came away with the win – the sign of a good side in development.
The wins keep putting the pressure onto the chasing pack, who return to league action this weekend – with Wythenshawe taking on FC Isle of Man and Kendal Town traveling to nearby Ramsbottom United.
Let’s see where the land lies at 5pm on Saturday but for now, all your pre-match information is available below. NOTE: If you do not have a ticket for Saturday, supporters are asked not to travel to the game.
In Opposition – West Didsbury & Chorlton
West Didsbury and Chorlton AFC was founded as Christ Church A.F.C. in 1908, over 100 years ago, by Mr. R F Hartley, a Sunday School Superintendent at the church on Princess Parkway, West Didsbury.
Competing as a grassroots club in the South Manchester area for the majority of their existence, ‘West’ applied to enter the Manchester League structure in 2006 and after fitting floodlights at Brookburn Road (now called the Step Places Stadium) to meet FA requirements in 2011, were permitted into the NWCFL in 2012.
West reached the Premier Division for the very first time in 2022, following the winning of the Division One South league. They finished a respectable 9th last season, with 64 points and amassing a competitive 81 goals in the process.
Tickets – SOLD-OUT
West Didsbury processed ticket sales online and these are now all sold-out. If you do not have a ticket, it is strongly recommended that you do not travel to the game.
Travel & Parking
Address: Step Places Stadium, Recreation Ground, Brookburn Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8FE
Nearest tram: Chorlton (0.9miles)
By Bus: No.86 from Piccadilly Gardens
Driving: From the M60 take junction 5 onto Princess Road towards city centre. Turn left at Christie Fields offices/Premier Inn onto Barlow Moor Road and continue past Chorlton Park to Chorlton bus station. Turn left into Beech Road, then 2nd left into Reynard Road and continue past the Chorltonville sign passing over 5 speed ramps as far as Brookburn Primary School. Turn left into Brookburn Road and continue to the end of the cul de sac, through the gateway and down the tarmac access which leads into the ground.
Parking: There is strictly no spectator parking on the ground, (apart from pre-booked disabled motorists with a blue badge). Bury fans can park for free at Hardy Farm which is accessed at the end of Hardy Lane, M21 8DP. Walk from car park to ground is approx. 5 minutes – shown here.
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.
Ground Facilities: Clubhouse, Bar(s) Tea Bar, Merchandise stall, limited seating capacity and undercover standing. Credit & debit cards are accepted.
Match Coverage & Live Stream
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Up the Shakers!