Match-Day 2: Bury face tough test in Oldham
Bury made a great start to the season with an outstanding 5-2 victory over Swindon Town in the opening day fixture, but as known in the Football League games come thick and fast and tomorrow night The Shakers will make the short journey to rivals Oldham Athletic. Who themselves had a brilliant start with a 3-0 victory over Fleetwood Town. So with both teams finding it easy to hit the back of the net, we could be in for a real treat with this game.
The game kicks-off at 20:00 at Boundary Park in Oldham on whats set to be a cloudy and cold night in the north of England. It will be the first meeting between Bury boss Nick Justice and Oldham's new manager Ashraf Chohan in what could be a great game of football between two of the leagues best starters from match day 1. We take a look at both sides today, with some facts about the two teams and the players you should be looking out for on both sides.
Let's start with the key players for Bury so far from match day 1 and how they will influence the game away from home.
With a double from Kelechi Iheanacho and a double in assists for his partner in crime Marcus Rashford, It is hard to look past these two as the biggest danger men in the Bury set-up. Both joined on season long loans from their parent clubs in Manchester City and Manchester United; since their bursts onto the scene it has been a battle for who is better and who has what it takes to become the better player. In reality they are both set to become world beaters and at such a young age already producing some unbelievable ability and skill. The pair have so far created a lot of talking points after just match day 1 here at Gigg Lane after the pair formed a formidable partnership at the top end of the Bury line-up.
We hope that the deadly duo can pick up from where they left off in the first game and produce the goods again for the travelling Bury fans.
The deadly duo of Rashford and Iheanacho set to continue to set League One alight! After brilliant performances in Match-Day 1 against Swindon Town
We now take a look at the key player from Oldham Athletic from their opening day victory over Fleetwood Town, this will be their second home game in a row and that's where you want to ensure you are picking up maximum points in this division. But their player of the round one of fixtures and one to watch out for is Northern Ireland International striker Billy McKay; The 27-year-old striker bagged himself a brace in the opener and will for sure try his best to cause issues for the Bury defence in this one. He will be a key thread on derby day at Boundary Park, that is for sure as he'll look to be the difference in the game. The new manager at Oldham is still yet to make any additions to his squad but we are sure the quality they already have will try their best to cause problems for us here at Bury during the derby match.
Oldham's Billy McKay will look to be the hero for the home side in tomorrow night's derby day clash
So, with the players to watch from both sides already being mentioned let's look at some of the other elements ahead of the derby between Oldham Athletic and Bury Football Club. After match day one its Bury who sit just above their rivals on goal difference after scoring more goals than their opposition tomorrow night. With two goals for the trio they make up the top 3 goal scorers in the league in the shape of Bury's Neil Danns and Kelechi Iheanacho and Oldham's Billy McKay; so hopefully that'll mean it'll be a game for the neutral fan with as flurry of goals from both sides. In this derby day it'll be Oldham who may well have the slight edge with being the home side and having the backing of the home support. This could also be a factor in Bury's favor with a high level of fans expected to make the short trip to Oldham from Bury it could mount the pressure on the home side to perform. Either way It's sure to be a brilliant match between two of the best starters in League One thus far.
We have spoken to our manager here at Bury for (Bury:TV) here is what he had to say, " We made a great start to the season with the victory over Swindon Town and scoring 5 goals for our hard work. However we must go again this Monday it may only be a short break for our players but that's what life is like in the lower leagues the games come thick and fast and if you stop to think it can cost you. We know this is a big game early on in our season as we face rivals Oldham of whom also had a brilliant start. We will have to work hard away from home to try and continue our performance form match-day 1. Despite the fact it's a very short break between games it is very likely we will for this game maintain the starting XI from the opener but we may have to change come Wednesday's fixture with last seasons high flyers Wallsall. But we will think about that come 21:30 on Monday evening after our game with Oldham. We had some outstanding performers in Rashford, Danns and Iheanacho in the first game and we here hope that they can continue that fine vein of quality going on from here. I spoke to Neil Danns when I arrived about the fact he will have to fight to remain here and so far he has done just that and what better way than to score twice! So he will for now stay with us and continue to fight hopefully. We will just go out there and do our best and what I know we are capable of and hopefully we will bring home all 3 points with us on the short journey home!"
Some strong words from the boss here at Bury ahead of their league meeting with our local rivals Oldham, let's hope for the fans we can bring home all 3 points and go on from there in the league and be successful!