Bury hit form ahead of Bootham Crescent visit
Updated 11:00am Monday 21st April 2014 in Sport
BURY will visit York City hoping to extend their longest unbeaten run since 2011.
It is three years since the Shakers last matched the seven-game sequence without a defeat they are currently enjoying and, furthermore, David Flitcroft's men have only lost two of their last 18 matches - 2-1 reverses at Torquay and Cheltenham.
Their form has probably come too late to snatch a Sky Bet League Two play-off spot as the Gigg Lane club are seven points adrift of the top-seven places with three games left but a record of four wins and 13 goals from their last five fixtures marks the Lancashire team out as one of the season's best finishers.
A 2-2 draw at title hopefuls Scunthorpe is the only game in which Bury have dropped points during that five-game spell and Flitcroft has no injury concerns ahead of the Bootham Crescent test.
His main selection dilemma could come in attack, however, as he decides which of his 20-year-old, on-loan strikers should partner 11-goal leading marksman Daniel Nardiello.
Barnsley attacker Danny Rose is pushing for a full debut after scoring in three of his five substitute appearances, including goals in the last two matches.
But Hallam Hope, recruited from Manchester City, has also netted twice in five starts.
Nardiello, himself, ended a seven-game barren spell by bagging a brace in Good Friday's 4-0 thumping of Plymouth, taking his season's tally to 16, having kicked off the campaign with League One Rotherham.
Bury (probable): Jensen, Jones, Mills, McNulty, Hussey, Soares, Sedgwick, Tutte, Mayor, Rose, Nardiello
BURY are making their first visit to Bootham Crescent for exactly ten years, when they drew a Division Three (League Two) encounter 1-1.
Liam George, pictured being mobbed by his team-mates, was the scorer and City’s line up on April 13, 2004, was: Ovendale, Wise(Ward), Smith, Hope, Edmondson, Brass, Wood, Dunning, Nogan, Newby, George.
This marked City’s 15th game without a win as they were heading for the Conference.
In total, the Shakers have made 14 previous Football League trips, winning three times and drawing six.
The first meeting between the clubs at York was on September 14, 1957, when City won 2-1 in front of 10,943 and making his debut that day was 17-year-old Colin Addison.
City’s most notable win was 3-0 in May 1984, when the victory saw them top 100 points in the Fourth Division.
Players who have represented both clubs include Paul Aimson, Billy Rudd, Shaun Reid, Paul Atkin, Dean Kiely and Andy Bishop.
It happened on April 21
1930: Fulfordgate’s biggest ever League crowd of 10,120 saw Port Vale win a Division Three North game 2-0.
1956: Bradford Park Avenue were beaten 5-0 at Bootham Crescent in the Northern Section watched by 8,006. On the scoresheet were Norman Wilkinson (2), Arthur Bottom, Jimmy Prescott and Clive Colbridge.
1990: A 4-0 home win over Chesterfield in the Fourth Division with Tony Barratt, Ian Helliwell, Iain Dunn and Steve Spooner on target in front of 2,374.
1994: 19-year-old Graeme Murty made his league debut in a Second Division (League One) match at Port Vale. City lost 2-1 but remained in a play-off position.
2007: City virtually clinched a promotion play-off position in the Conference following a 1-0 win at Southport thanks to a Clayton Donaldson penalty.
Compiled by David Batters
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