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PREVIEW | Bury v Yeovil Town

2018/19 season to get underway

4 August 2018

Pre-season group celebration PPAUK

The 2018/19 season kicks off this weekend with the Glovers travelling to division newbies Bury (3pm).

Preparing for a fourth successive season in Sky Bet League Two manager Darren Way has made 10 summer signings to add to the core of his squad remaining from 2017/18.

Experience has been added in the form of defenders Carl Dickinson and Gary Warren as well as attacker Yoann Arquinn, with the exciting duo of Sessi D'Almeida, Korrey Henry and Wes McDonald completing the permanent arrivals. 

Heading to Somerset on loan Diallang Jaiyesimi, Nathan Baxter, Recee Cole and Alex Pattison all round off the new recruits. 

Enjoying a solid pre-season the Glovers will be looking to get off to a good start in the league against a side who suffered relegation from League One in 2017/18. 

The Skakers return to the fourth tier for the first time in four years and will be looking to bounce back straight away.

Despite suffering relegation, Ryan Lowe's squad still boasts a plethora of household names including Jermaine Beckford, Nicky Adams, Stephen Dawson, Chris Dagnall and Neil Danns.

Head-to-head
The two clubs meet for the first since April 2013 when Town suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat at Gigg Lane. 

James Hayter and Kevin Dawson were on target on that day as the Glovers eventually won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs a month later. 

Overall, Bury have won seven of the 10 competitive encounters since 1949 with the Green & Whites yet to record a victory in Greater Manchester.

Officials
Dean Whitestone will be the man in the middle for the season opener.  

Last taking charge of a Town match in November last year, Mr. Whitestone sent off loanee Sid Nelson in the 1-1 draw with Notts County at Huish Park. 

On Saturday, he'll be assisted by Matthew Parry and Paul Newhouse with Mark Cunliffe acting as fourth official.

Coverage
On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, you can listen or watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service!

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.   

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REPORT | Bury 1-0 Yeovil Town

Nine-man Town suffer narrow opening day defeat

4 August 2018

Jaiyesimi takes on his man PPAUK

Proving to be a dramatic opening day, the Glovers had two players dismissed in a 1-0 defeat to Bury at Gigg Lane in Sky Bet League Two.

In a tight-affair up north neither side could engineer much by way of chances in the first-half, as both goalkeepers remained largely spectators before a dramatic second 45 minutes. 

Both Francois Zoko and Yoann Arquin went close to opening the scoring before 10 minutes of madness saw the visitors reduced to nine men with Tom James and Jordan Green dismissed with almost half-an-hour still to play.

Producing an effective defensive display Town managed to keep out the hosts until the last minute, when a dramatic share of the spoils was snatched away by Gold Omotayo. 

With 10 players arriving at Huish Park over the summer, Darren Way handed out five competitive debuts from the start in Greater Manchester. 

Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter made his EFL debut between the sticks whilst Carl Dickinson, Sessi D'Almeida, Arquin and Diallang Jaiyesimi all marked their first starts in Green & White. 

With Stuart Nelson and Rhys Browne facing a short spell on the sideline, goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips took a spot on the bench along with Academy product Gabriel Rogers.

Bathed in typical early-season sunshine the visitors soon settled into the new campaign by demonstrating their expansive style of football but chances remained at a premium. 

Jaiyesmi dragged an effort a yard or two wide after working space on the edge of the box whilst at the other end Chris Dagnall headed well over the bar in a quiet opening quarter-of-an-hour.

Neither side was able to stamp complete authority on proceedings and the first save of the match wasn't made until the 22nd minute.

Chris Stokes' shot for the hosts was redirected by Dagnall inside the six-yard box but Baxter demonstrated lightning reactions to somehow keep the effort out before the linesman's flag went up for offside.

The chance livened up the home supporters and with their support the Shakers enjoyed a spell of pressure. 

Nicky Adams' set-piece delivery caused some concern in the Town box but a final touch couldn't be applied as both Aimson and Dagnall found themselves in threatening positions. 

In an opening 45 minutes when neither keeper was truly tested, Jaiyesimi looked liveliest for Way's side but the Norwich loanee had a penalty shout waved away by referee Dean Whitestone after a strong run into the box. 

Becoming a bitty close to the half any urgency evaporated to see it remain goalless at the break before the Glovers emerged reinvigorated after the restart. 

Taking Way's words onboard instantly the visitors went close to scoring twice in quick succession, as firstly captain Francois Zoko had a deflected strike from the angle brilliantly tipped over the bar by Joe Murphy. 

Causing Bury all sorts of problems Town went close again just two minutes later when Arquin moved the ball onto his right foot before seeing a strike fly a matter of inches over the bar with the home stopper beaten. 

Moving into the ascendancy the Glovers were dealt a blow when James received his marching orders for a second bookable offence with just 54 minutes on the clock, to halt any momentum gathered.

Swiftly becoming a backs to the wall job, experienced defender Gary Warren came off the bench to make a difficult debut and settled the 10-men. 

However, far from ideal circumstances were made decidedly more difficult when Green was shown a straight red card for a miss-timed challenge 12 minutes later to leave the Somerset outfit with just nine men. 

With the Green & Whites handicapped the game developed to mimic a training ground exercise with attack versus defence, as Baxter produced a smart stop to deny Danny Mayor as the final ten minutes approached.

Becoming increasingly busy, the Chelsea loanee was called into action again to get down low to Byron Moore's driven shot as frustrations grew amongst the home fans.

Producing a stunning defensive display, the Shakers couldn't penetrate a determined rearguard action and looked to be heading to a disappointing draw before substitute Omotayo rescued Bury with a last-minute winner to condemn Yeovil to an opening day defeat tinted with drama. 

Bury: Murphy; Miller (Moore 65'), Aimson, O'Connell, Thompson, Stokes (Telford 72'); Adams, Danns, Styles, Mayor; Dagnall (Omotayo 77').
Bookings: Miller 49', Danns 90'.
Subs not used: Hudson, Dawson, McFadzean, Bunn.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Mugabi, Donnellan, Dickinson; Green, Santos, D'Almeida, Arquin (Fisher 82'); Jaiyesimi (Warren 55'), Zoko (Cole 70').
Bookings: James 44', 54 (red), Green 66' (red).
Subs not used: Phillips, McDonald, Rogers, Henry.

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TICKETS | Buy online or on the day at Bury

Join Town at Gigg Lane on the opening day

30 July 2018

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Tickets for Town's opening day fixture at Bury are only able to be purchased in advance online or directly from Gigg Lane on Saturday 4th August.

The Huish Park ticket office will be not be pre-selling tickets for the Sky Bet League Two opener, with fans able to buy directly from Bury via both cash and card. 

Fans can only buy tickets in advance online by clicking here.

Prices for the first competitive meeting between the two sides since 2013 are:

Adult - £20
Concessions (65+/Disabled/U23) - £14
Under-18 - £10
Under-16 - £7
Under-12 (must be accompanied by an adult) - £5
Under-5 - FOC

Travel to Greater Manchester will be available with the Green & White Supporters Club, with information found on our Away Tickets page.

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