By: Jake Jones
Bottom club Bury are at home at the Energy Check Stadium versus AFC Wimbledon, who lie in 18th in this battle against relegation clash. Jermaine Beckford, Top scorer with eight so far in League 1, will be key to the Shakers’ success in this game against the Dons.
Saturday’s game will be the ninth time the sides have met in all competitions. The Shakers have two wins compared to Wimbledon’s four, with two draws.
Currently rooted to the bottom of the table and 12 points from safety, manager Ryan Lowe will look to use this fixture as motivation to spur his players into clawing themselves out of the situation they find themselves in. Since the new management team of Lowe, Ryan Kidd and Steven Schumacher have come in Bury have picked up four points from a possible six, giving the indication that survival is a possibility.
This fixture is a rearranged fixture which was originally meant to be played on December 9 but was postponed due to heavy snow.
Lowe spoke of the threats Wimbledon pose;
“It’s not going to be easy, we know what they’re about. They’ve got some good physical players and they’re going to come here and want to put it right”.
Lowe went on to issue a challenge ahead of the game;
There’s going to be a team standing in the way and it’s going to be us”.
Team ethic was the sentiments echoed by Neil Cox ahead of the game with Bury. Wimbledon’s attacking threat will come from both Cody McDonald and Lyle Taylor, who share a combined 19 goals in the league this year.
— AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWimbledon) February 6, 2018
With six points from a possible nine from the last three games, the Dons will aim to bounce back from defeat to Rotherham, which ended their unbeaten start to 2018 last time out, and continue the form they showed in the previous two games prior to that defeat against the Millers.
Cox said of his team’s recent performances;
“It’s about the whole team; we attack together and we defend together. That’s what we’ve been doing lately. We’ve been a really good team”.
Both sides will be vying for the win to spur either one on to retain their League One status.