Date: 28th July 2015 at 4:07pm
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Two main friendlies for Bury and manager David Flitcroft this last week as pre season preparations step up another gear.

With Bury hosting the first home pre season friendly of the summer tonight against Championship side Blackburn Rovers – here’s a quick recap of the pre season fixtures so far.

Bury 1-1 Morecambe

The second away trip of the summer so far was another opportunity for fans to see new loan goalkeeper Christian Walton and our other newbies in action and despite a glut of chances in the game Morecambe were a stern test in holding Bury to a one all draw.

Bury took the lead in the third minute of the game as Joe Riley sent in a cross and with pressure from striker Leon Clarke, their defender put the ball into the back of his own net.

The hosts on the day levelled the scores five minutes from the half time break.

Morecambe:

Roche, Beeley (McGowan 78), Edwards (Doyle 78), Parrish, Wilson, Murphy (Kenyon 78), Wildig, Fleming (Goodall 78), Devitt, Ellison (Barkhuizen 78), Molyneux.

Subs not used:

Thompson, Pritchard.

Bury:

Christian Walton (GK), Joe Riley, Trialist (Sedgwick 63), Nathan Cameron (C), Danny Pugh, Tom Soares, Danny Mayor, Hallam Hope, Leon Clarke (Rose 70), Tom Pope, Chris Hussey.

Subs not used:

Rob Lainton (GK), Scott Burgess, Anthony Dudley, Matty Foulds.

REFEREE: D.England.

Bury 1-0 Macclesfield Town

The first away trip of the summer build up saw new signing Leon Clarke open his Bury account with what proved to be the winner at Moss Rose.

Nathan Cameron was named as skipper for the day, and Brighton loan keeper Walton made his debut following his arrival at the club.

Having hit the woodwork on 28 minutes, eleven minutes later Clarke made the breakthrough and for the fans in attendance that was the end of the scoring action but it certainly wasn’t the last chance either side had over the course of 90 minutes.

Bury:

C. Walton (GK), J. Riley, N. Cameron (C), P. Clarke, C. Hussey, T. Soares, H. Hope, D. Mayor, D. Pugh, T. Pope, L. Clarke.

Subs used:

Trialist, M. Foulds, S. Gibson, S. Burgess, R. Bourne, C. Sedgwick, B. Shaw, D. Rose.

Subs not used:

R. Lanton (GK), K. Etuhu.

REFEREE: O.Yates.
ATTENDANCE:415

Speaking to the Bury Times following both encounters, and ahead of the Blackburn game, Flitcroft admitted he’d been pleased so far with our preparations but was looking forward to a Gigg Lane return given all the travelling the squad have done.

‘We`ve had a taxing week, us and the youth team. We`ve all had a taxing week, but it was designed like that. I want to get through as many minutes as I can to mentally stimulate players and let them play in front of some fans and in real-stage atmospheres. We`ve played a few games behind closed doors, but you can never replicate the real thing.’

The youth team have faced Manchester United U21s and Radcliffe Borough the last week as well and whilst designated youth fixtures, the squad has been pretty split to give everybody good match minutes.

‘I`m delighted with the first three weeks and delighted with the summer programme, but there`s still so much to do. People will say we`ve got two weeks to do it, but I say we`ve got a season to do it. This is the start of us fine-tuning for the whole season and beyond that. We`re still trying to improve, we`re still trying to make better and get better at what we do and that`s a continual progress. We want to overachieve this season, but for that all the staff are going to have to overachieve, the players are going to have to overachieve and that`s something I`m excited by.’

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