Venue: Ricoh Arena
Comepetition: npower League One
Date/Kick Off: Saturday, August 25th 2012, 3:00pm
Coventry City will be looking to keep their unbeaten start to the season alive, following a victory at Dagenham in the Capital One Cup and draws away at Yeovil and at home to Sheffield United on Tuesday in the league, when they welcome Bury to The Ricoh on Saturday, who are still looking for their first victory of the 2012/2013 season.
Manger Andy Thorn said, “Bury will come to the Ricoh and be up for it and they knocked us out of the cup last season so I think we owe them one a bit. They’ve lost their captain who got sent off in the week and that will be a blow for them but they are a hard outfit to beat.”
Bury are embarking in their second season in League One, after finishing in a very respectable 14th last season, following promotion from League Two under the stewardship of then caretaker manager Richie Barker following Alan Knill’s decision to take up the vacancy at struggling Championship side Scunthorpe United. Barker was then appointed on a permanent basis and last season was their first in the third tier of English Football since 2002.
Bury, like City are also previous winners of the FA Cup, taking the honour in both 1900 and 1903.
City manager Andy Thorn will once again be without John Fleck, after he aggravated his hamstring injury in the league opener at Yeovil last Saturday and will be out until mid-September. Thorn will also still be without defender Nathan Cameron, whilst Jordan Clarke, who missed Tuesday’s draw with Sheffield United could be available once again.
Long-term absentees Cyrus Christie (knee), Conor Thomas (ankle) and David Bell (hip) remain on the sidelines.
Shakers’ caretaker boss Peter Shirtliff, who has stepped into the role left void by Richie Barker’s departure to Crawley Town will be without captain Steven Schumacher, who is suspended following a red card in their midweek loss at Doncaster. Also suspended is veteran defender Efe Sodje, who serves the final match of a three-game suspension following a red card in the Capital One Cup clash with Middlesbrough. Winger, David Worrall is also missing through injury.
The Shakers will however be able to call on Northern Ireland’s all time top scorer, David Healey after he signed a one-year deal at Gigg Lane on Thursday, subject to international clearance arriving in time for the game at The Ricoh.
Another new arrival set for action is midfielder Shane Byrne after the 19-year-old agreed to move from Leicester on a two year-contract earlier this week. Byrne is in his second spell at Gigg Lane, after making 15 appearances on loan for The Shakers last season, before his spell was cut short by injury.
Cameron Belford: The Nuneaton born shot-stopper started his career at the Sky Blues, having a loan spell with Tamworth in 2006 before returning to City and being awarded a dquad number (43.) In May 2007, Belford was released without having made a single appearance for the club. Bury then snapped him up, where he went on to make 71 appearances for The Shakers, including starting between the posts in Bury’s 3-1 League Cup win over City at Gigg Lane, before being loaned to Southend United. Belford is currently back on loan at Southend for a second spell.
OVERALL (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Coventry City: 16
Last time we met:
Bury 3-1 Coventry City (August 9th 2012)
City crashed out of the League Cup to lower league opposition for the third year in a row when League One Bury came from behind to beat the Sky Blues. Roy O’Donovan gave City the lead, only for Andy Bishop to equalise for Bury, with two goals from Bury striker Ryan Lowe wrapping up the victory for the League One side.