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Saturday 20th April 2013 12:18

Kevin Blackwell: Tough season for Shakers boss

Kevin Blackwell: Tough season for Shakers boss

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Bury travel to Walsall for their final away match of the season with a new spring in the step after surviving their recent financial trauma.

The Shakers will have an air of confidence after defeating relegation rivals Scunthorpe United 2-1 last Tuesday night to complete a rare double.

Bury can also relax now, after the drop to Division Two was finally confirmed last weekend following the home loss to Oldham Athletic.

With just one win in the last seven and scoring the first goals this week in the past four games, this latest surprise win has somehow revived the spirit of the club and highlighted their never-say-die attitude. The best they can do is not finish at the foot of the table but for some players that is a new target to achieve.

Saturday's opponents, Walsall, are situated on the very edge of the play-offs and have to win both of their remaining games to even stand a chance of reaching the top five, whilst Bury's wafer-thin squad have only to play for pride and their futures' in these uncertain times.

Due to the loss of several key and experienced players including their skipper and top scorer Steven Schumacher a week or two ago, Bury could only find another three players for the bench in midweek, and today doesn't seem much better with a few young eager faces hoping for a chance to shine.

As a former player I have seen and done all this before many times, and in case the manager is reading this, I still have my boots - just in case!

It has been a long hard road this season for this small community club and full marks go to Kevin Blackwell and his hard working back-room staff, who have somehow managed to keep the ball rolling.

I most certainly wouldn't bet against the lads getting a result today on the road and perhaps again next Saturday when promotion chasing Yeovil Town are the last Division One visitors to Gigg Lane.

They too need a good result today and next week but part of the reason for Bury's famous nickname is the fact that they continually shake and surprise some of their more experienced counterparts, but without a few shocks now and again, it just wouldn't be football.

By Don Hale, FanZone's Bury blogger. Follow us on Twitter at @FanZone too!

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