Date: 26th September 2006 at 3:05pm
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Stanley take on their local neighbours tonight Bury in what is one of the games of the night. Stanley have been waiting over 40 years to play Bury once again in the League and tonight that will take place at Gigg Lane at 7.45pm
It is sure to be an exciting and pulsating match with both sides wanting to win against sides that are only a few miles apart in location.

Vital Quotes:

John Coleman:
‘They will be tough opposition, I know a lot about them, but I am sure that they will know a lot about us.’

Paul Mullin:
‘We need to be getting results at places like Bury if we’ve got aspirations to do anything in this League.’
‘We’ve got a few days rest now and we can recharge the batteries and go fully at it for the game on Tuesday night.’
‘Hopefully we can turn up in numbers at Gigg Lane on Tuesday night to give the lads a boost.’
‘The away fans are great, they make a real racket singing most of the way through and it’s a great support for us.’

Bury Team News:

There will be no Alan Fettis playing on Tuesday night after he broke his arm in their Carling Cup Clash against Sheffield United so Kasper Schmeichel may make an appearance. But that is their only injury-doubt.
Stanley will remember their top-scorer Andy Bishop after his Summer move from York City and he will want to beat what is a similar side who beat them in the Conference last season 4-2.

Player to watch: Glynn Hurst

On loan striker Glynn Hurst is the one to watch for Bury after scoring both goals last Saturday to earn Bury an important draw against Barnet at home. He is on-loan from Shrewsbury Town and with him playing the way he is it will be hard for Bury to let him go!

Accrington Stanley Team News:

The only injury-doubt is that of long-term injury Andy Tretton who is still out with an injured knee, which will leave him out until after Christmas.
Rob Elliot continues his return to the first team but with Ian Dunbavin having man-of-the-match performances it is hard to see how Elliot can find his way back into the team quickly.

Player to watch: Gary Roberts

Currently Stanley’s top scorer, Roberts has caught the eye of teams in the upper reaches of the leagues recently. After his superb performances in recent matches, angering the defenses of many teams with his tricks and runs he is one player that Bury will have to be aware of.

Match Facts & Stats

In the League:
STANLEY: Last Five Games – L L W W D Scoring 12
BURY: Last Five Games – W L L L D Scoring 3

Ref Watch:

Mr Graham Salisbury of Lancashire has refereed previously for Bury against Chester City where the game ended as a draw. He has never officiated an Accrington Stanley game before.

Match Prediction:

With local derbies such as this it is difficult to judge which team would want to win more. It will be an extremely close game, which in my opinion will go very closely Stanley’s way either 1-0 or 2-1.

Next Fixtures:

Sat 30th Sept 2006 3pm Stanley vs Wycombe
Sat 7th Oct 2006 3pm Stanley vs Swindon