John Askey’s new look Silkmen side face local rivals Bury tomorrow evening as the Gaffer runs his eye over his squad once more.
Coming in to the match after an encouraging performance against Championship side Derby County, The Silkmen will be determined to put The Shakers to the sword and stake their own claim for a place in the starting eleven in the process.
It is thought that Macc will play a similar team to that which was seen on Saturday, the only change being that I would be surprised to see Jack Storer named on the team sheet!
Personally, I am looking forward to seeing ‘keeper Alex Gogic who had a stormer of a debut on Saturday, and the athletic Kobi Arthur once more – that latter of which Steve Watson has confirmed every effort is being made to keep him at the club ahead of the new season.
The Shakers will be buoyed by the signing of former Leeds United and Preston striker Jermaine Beckford who joined the club over the summer.
Managed by Steve Watson’s old Newcastle United pal Lee Clarke, Bury have seen two notable departures over the last few weeks – both of whom making moves in to the Championship.
James Vaughan was the first to go – signing for Sunderland as Simon Grayson rebuilds his depleted Mackems following relegation from the Premier League last season.
This was followed by George Miller who also has made the transition to the North East by signing for Middlesbrough.
Bury started their pre-season campaign back on 7th July when Sunderland made the trip to Greater Manchester. It was an incredibly poignant fixture, particularly for the away contingent as just hours before it was announced that their little “superhero” Bradley Lowery had sadly passed away.
Photos of Bradley were streamed on to the big screen at Gigg Lane throughout the match and their Club Chairman Stewart Day graciously donated all proceeds from the match to the Bradley Lowery Foundation in his memory.
On the pitch, Bury produced a fine display against their illustrious opposition and deservedly stormed in to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Andrew Tutte and Callum Reilly.
Yet former Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell pulled one back for The Mackems eight minutes before the interval to give the travelling fans some degree of hope.
With only thirteen minutes on the clock, youngster Josh Maja equalised for Simon Grayson’s side and the comeback was completed four minutes from time when Maja struck again to give Sunderland the victory.
Following a week’s trading camp in Marbella, The Shakers returned to pre-season action last Saturday and despite Jermaine Beckford opening his account at Gigg Lane, this proved to be a mere consolation strike as Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town ran out 3-1 winners.
Confidence is high at Gigg Lane at the minute, as they hope to launch a successful season which will see them return to the Championship.
In his pre-season programme notes, Lee Clarke stated –
The only remit last year was to stay in League One, we did that. Now the remit has changed and, in my belief, with the players that we have brought in to the Football Club, coupled with the ones who have stayed, the target is to launch a promotion challenge.
We want to be in the top six, we want to be challenging up there”
Lee Clarke. Bury FC Manager.
So it is all set up for what should be a very entertaining game of football tomorrow night at the Moss Rose.
Admission prices are as follows:
Over 65 / Under 25: £5
Under 12: Free
So why not come down and cast your eye over Sir John’s new look Silkmen side as the start of the 2017/18 season draws ever closer.