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Preview: Bury (H)

28 December 2018

Notts County host Bury on Saturday in their final game of 2018.

The Magpies will be looking to pick up three points in the last match of a calendar year for only the third time this millennium.

After suffering back-to-back defeats to Grimsby and Macclesfield over the past week, Notts will hope to end the year on a high with victory over the promotion chasing Shakers.

Bury won October’s meeting at Gigg Lane 4-0 and have been in the promotion mix all season following relegation from the third tier.

They currently occupy sixth place in Sky Bet League Two and are the top scorers in the division.

Bury also lost on Boxing Day, suffering a 2-1 reverse away to Mansfield Town.

Notts boss Neal Ardley says…

“We’ve got to find a way of protecting ourselves defensively without creating anxiety by not showing enough attacking intent.

“I’m trying to get the stats in our favour, but we’ve also got an Achilles heel.

“I think the fans are brilliant. Their support, especially when we were 4-0 down at Grimsby, has been incredible.

“I know they want things to turn, and they will, but I’ve said before that there’ll be some short-term pain.”

Team news

Notts will be without Keston Davies, who will serve the first of a three-match suspension following his dismissal on Boxing Day.

Andy Kellett looked lively off the bench against the Silkmen and will hope to have his chance to take Davies' place.

Bury boss Ryan Lowe made five changes for the Boxing Day defeat in Mansfield so Nicky Adams, Neil Danns, Nicky Maynard, Byron Moore and Callum McFadzean will all fancy their chances of recall to the starting 11.

We’ve met before

Goals from Maynard, Dominic Telford, Jay O’Shea and Adams earned Bury their October win but Notts won the last meeting at Meadow Lane.

The Shakers had gone into half-time a goal to the good but Julian Kelly, Francois Zoko (twice) and Jamal Campbell-Ryce all netted after the break to earn a 4-1 win.

The officials

Referee: Brett Huxtable

Assistants: Steven Plane and Matthew Bristow

Fourth official: Gary Hilton

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Match Reports

Notts 0-0 Bury

29 December 2018

Notts County were held to a 0-0 draw by promotion-chasing Bury despite a dominant display at Meadow Lane.

The Magpies turned in an excellent performance, limiting their visitors to few opportunities and creating a host of chances themselves.

But a combination of the woodwork, a rare Jon Stead penalty miss and visiting goalkeeper Joe Murphy denied Notts the result their performance fully deserved.

There were a number of changes to the line-up that faced Macclesfield on Boxing Day, with the suspended Keston Davies joining Jamie Turley, Elliott Hewitt and Kane Hemmings in being absent from the squad.

Dan Jones was scheduled to start the game but was forced out of the warm-up with an injury, paving the way for Cedric Evina to make his first start since the FA Cup defeat at Barnsley in November.

There was a first league start for Pierce Bird, who joined Shaun Brisley and Richard Duffy in a three-man central defence flanked by wing-backs Matt Tootle and Evina.

David Vaughan slotted into a holding midfield role with Andy Kellett and Rob Milsom ahead of him, while Kristian Dennis partnered Jon Stead up front.

Nathan Thomas had to settle for a place on the bench.

Despite all the changes, there were no early signs of a lack of cohesion as the Magpies were straight on the front foot.

They came agonisingly close to netting the opening goal on nine minutes when Brisley managed to get his head to Kellett's floated delivery, dropping the ball just wide of the post.

Milsom sent a long-range effort a yard or two wide shortly afterwards and picked up a booking minutes later, retrospectively cautioned for a foul on Chris Stokes.

Bury were barely able to get out of their own half and Notts' high press forced Callum McFadzean into an error on the edge of his own area, presenting Tootle with the chance to rob him of possession, drop his shoulder and shoot. The ball was blocked by a relieved Bury defender.

Vaughan rattled the post with a 30-yard screamer moments before Brisley failed to adjust his feet in time to turn home Tootle's free-kick at the back post as the Magpies' relentless pressure continued.

And Notts came so close once again on 35 minutes, Bird playing a superb ball into the channel for Stead, whose cutback just evaded Bury's defender in the area. Dennis spun and sent a low effort towards the far corner but Murphy got a crucial touch to push the ball just wide.

The resultant corner was an inventive one which resulted in Kellett seeing an effort deflected on to the post and behind. The referee and linesman gave a goal kick, however.

Half-time was approaching but there were no signs of the game slowing down as Kellett was booked for a trip on the advancing Danny Mayor.

But the visitors were still struggling to cause Notts' defence any major concern - so much so that Bird had the freedom to get forward, drop a shoulder and fire the ball a yard or so over the bar with five minutes left to play in the half.

Shortly before four added minutes were indicated, Ross Fitzsimons lofted a ball over the top and Dennis did brilliantly to reach it, whipping in a cross from the byline. A defender just managed to beat Stead to the ball in the middle.

And another lofted pass from Fitzsimons caused havoc shortly afterwards, this time Stead latching on to it in the area and seeing his cross turned behind.

Bury were on the back foot right up until the half-time whistle and, after Bird sent a volley over the bar following another sustained spell of pressure, they will have been hugely relieved to go into the break level.

Shakers boss Ryan Lowe saw fit to shake things up at half-time, replacing skipper Neil Danns with Callum Styles, while Ardley sent his charges back out unchanged.

And the visitors went close for the first time in the game on 52 minutes, Nicky Adams side-footing a low cross into the box but inadvertantly applying swerve which saw the ball go a foot wide of Fitzsimons' far post.

Adams had another opportunity moments later, seeing his effort blocked by Bird, before Duffy made an excellent intervention on the line to divert Styles' piledriver round the post.

Bury had come out fighting but Notts soon perked up - and all eyes were on referee Brett Huxtable when Stead played Dennis into space and Kellett was brought down by Adam Thompson as he raced into the area to meet the forward's cross.

There was initial confusion as to whether the referee had awarded a penalty - but a free-kick just outside the area was given and Thompson escaped with a yellow card despite the Air-IT Kop baying for a red.

Dennis' low free-kick found the wall and Bury broke away at pace, forcing Vaughan into a trip which earned him a yellow.

Mayor saw a shot saved by Fitzsimons at the base of his post as a frantic second half continued in front of a 7,000-strong Meadow Lane crowd.

And Stead had a golden opportunity to send the stadium into raptures when a Notts cross was handled by a Bury defender in the area, presenting him with the chance to score from the spot.

But the forward, usually so assured from 12 yards, sent his penalty high and wide.

Notts didn't allow that to dent their confidence, though, and they were cursing Shakers keeper Murphy when he made a brilliant save from Tootle, pushing the full-back's 25-yard half-volley over the bar in acrobatic style as the game entered its final throes.

And, while the Magpies were still looking the more likely team to win, Bury's pace on the counter-attack drew another Notts booking as Bird cynically brought down the surging Byron Moore.

Ardley's first change came on 88 minutes when Kellett was replaced by Noor Husin - and the Afghanistan international was shortly joined on the field by Thomas, who came on for Dennis.

The two sides were afforded five minutes of added time in which to find a winner.

And Thomas had a good chance to get it when the ball broke for him just outside the area. He took it into the box but cut across his shot, slicing it wide of the near post.

That was to be the game's final chance on an encouraging afternoon for Ardley's men. 

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Ticket News

Tickets: Bury (H)

29 December 2018

Tickets for Notts County's home match against Bury on Saturday 29 December (3pm kick-off) are still on sale.

As a gesture of Christmas goodwill, the club are offering season ticket holders the opportunity to bring a friend or family member to this match free of charge. This is in addition to the previously allocated 10 Bring a Friend fixtures.

All Bring a Friend tickets must be claimed before 2pm on matchday.

The easiest way for season ticket holders to claim their additional ticket is online, following these steps:

- Activate, register or log in to your account

- Select the Bury home fixture, choose the seat you’d like your friend or family member to have and select the ‘Bring a Friend’ ticket type

- Select print at home and the ticket will be sent to you via email (please ensure the contact details associated with your account are up-to-date)

- Open the attachment in your confirmation email and print. Scanning the barcode from your phone at the turnstile is not recommended*

You will be asked to provide your card number in order to complete the process but it will not be charged. There are no administration fees associated with claiming a Bring a Friend ticket online.

Please note – this offer does not apply to complimentary, hospitality or under 12 season ticket holders.

Bring a Friend tickets can also be claimed in person at the club shop/ticket office. Supporters must bring their 2018-19 season ticket with them.

Click here for Christmas opening times.

*Scanning directly from a mobile device should work if the device’s screen is in a condition where the barcode can be clearly read by the scanners on the turnstiles. Any cracks or damage to the screen may result in the barcode being unreadable and you having to visit the ticket office.

Matchday prices

Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
65 and over £16 £16 £16
18-21 £16 £16 £16
Under 18 £9 £9 £9
Under 16 £7 £7 £7
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

†Under 7s' tickets can only be claimed online if an adult purchase is made in the same transaction.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.

Click here for Christmas opening times.

Bringing the kids?

Click here to find out what's happening in the Family Stand.

Sensory rooms

Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing

Parents and carers are able to visit the rooms before matchday if they wish to check its suitability.

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