Hartlepool United v Bury - Preview
by The Boy Holty
Bury head for the perennially cold and blustery Victoria Park on Saturday to do battle with Hartlepool United. Both teams have collected a grand total of zero points from their opening games and both were dumped out of the league cup on Tuesday evening.
While we were losing to Cheltenham, Hartlepool, under Colin Cooper were being narrowly defeated by Stevenage, although match reports suggest they were comfortably beaten.
On Tuesday, they were thumped 6-2 by league one relegation favourites Port Vale, which was probably about as much fun as we were having just a few miles up the A58.
So Saturday is Hartlepool's first home game, and for a team tipped for a mid table finish they will no doubt be quaking in their boots at the fearsome prospect of facing the mighty Shakers, who should be smarting a bit after the events of the previous week or so.
Flitcroft's men have a lot to prove after our two defeats this season albeit in totally different circumstances - the largely ineffective performance against Cheltenham, and the disappointing climax to Tuesday's cup exit.
Last season we beat Hartlepool home (1-0) and away (3-0). In the previous campaign, we won at home (2-1) and then a 2-0 defeat with just a few games remaining left both clubs on the verge of relegation, which was confirmed for Bury the following week.
Prediction: Hartlepool 1 Bury 2. Goals by Ryan Lowe and Nicky Adams.