Daggers v Bury MATCH PREVIEW

IT S BEEN a fairly topsy-turvy season for Bury this season, but depsite winning nine and losing seven of their 20 matches, they are still handily placed in eighth position.

by MIKE SIMMONDS

IT'S BEEN a fairly topsy-turvy season for Bury this season, but depsite winning nine and losing seven of their 20 matches, they are still handily placed in eighth position.

An indifferent start to the campaign saw the Shakers beaten at home by Grimsby, Accrington and Cheltenham, as they went four league games without a win or a goal, until they defeated Port Vale 1-0.

Alan Knill's side started to pick up points in September, with wins over Lincoln and Crewe Alexandra, as they pieced together a 10-game unbeaten run, that was only ended by Morecambe last Tuesday.

Bury's interest in both the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and FA Cup is over for another season, while despite their impressive form, they have gone five league and cup games without a victory on their travels, since beating Aldershot 3-2 on October 17.

The Shakers quickly got back to winning ways with a 2-0 triumph over Barnet on Saturday, the first goal coming from on-loan Blackpool striker Daniel Nardiello.

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The 27-year-old, who has three Welsh caps to his name, started his career at Manchester United, playing three League Cup ties and also appearing in a Champions League match at Maccabi Haifa.

He has become a firm favourite at Gigg Lane already, with three goals in five games.

Top scorer for the Shakers is Ryan Lowe, who managed 18 goals in a Chester side that was relegated to the Blue Square Premier last year, but hasn't netted for five matches.

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Daggers are yet to enjoy victory over the Shakers on home soil, with Sam Saunders' late strike only a consolation during last season's 3-1 defeat.

In their first campaign in the Football League, Dave Rainford was on target to cancel out Paul Scott's goal in a 1-1 draw at Victoria Road

John Still's side have faired better on their travels, coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 last season, before winning 2-0 in their first visit to Gigg Lane in 2007/08 season.

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