Carlisle United v Bury
by The Boy Holty
Its nearly twenty years since my last trip to Brunton Park. Back then in December 1994, Bury were second in the old third division (fourth tier) and Carlisle were top. In front of a crowd of just over 12000, they hammered us 3-0 on their way to the championship, whilst our season ended in defeat at Wembley almost six months later.
Brunton Park (pictured) has to be one of the strangest of the football league grounds. It looks like its in the middle of a redevelopment phase that involved moving the ground and pitch a few yards to the left as the big 'new' stand is offset against the pitch and the three older stands (which look like they've been unchanged for fifty years or more) surround the other sides and the open terrace blocks the view of an entire block of seats.
Anyway, they're in the process of looking for a site in the city to build a new stadium so that planned redevelopment project looks like a dead duck.
Never mind all that though, because on Saturday the Shakers are in town, and me and Tim with them.
Carlisle have started badly and have just three points from their six games. That's three draws and three defeats, including a 5-0 hammering at Cambridge although since then they have found their shooting boots, scoring 4 against Wimbledon (4-4) and 3 at Accrington (3-1) in the JPT.
Bury, on the other hand, have recovered from that Cheltenham defeat to record 3 wins and 2 draws and are sixth in the table.
I'm fairly confident that we will win, and comfortably, but I've said that before and been made to look silly. That said, the current Bury set-up looks much more solid and reliable than anything I've seen for quite a while.
Prediction: Carlisle 0 Bury 2 with goals from Rose and Adams.
Up the Shakers.