By Peter Tscherewik
Tranmere Rovers will be hoping to surpass League One outfit Peterborough in the first-round of the FA Cup next week, and in this article we’ll look at each of the last five meetings between Rovers and potential second-round opponents, Bury FC.
Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Bury FC: (18/09/2012)
The Super Whites maintained their unbeaten start to the season in this fixture largely thanks to two penalties from then top-goalscorer, Andy Robinson.
Robinson’s two goals on the day took his tally to six for the campaign, in what was a frustrating afternoon for the visitors. Bury struggled to create many chances, while Rovers continuously pummelled efforts towards the Shakers’ goal.
Jake Cassidy secured Rovers’ fifth win of the season on 71 minutes, creating history in the process. His goal meant that Rovers had made their best start to a season since the 1930s.
Bury FC 0-1 Tranmere Rovers: (01/01/2013)
Rovers made the possible start to the New Year by retaining their spot at the top of League One with a comfortable win away at Bury FC.
Skipper Andy Robinson was the Super Whites’ Mr dependable in what was a rather scrappy game between the two sides. Robinson scored two penalties against Bury back in September, but on this occasion had a spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
The 33-year old midfielder caused all-sorts of problems to the Shakers’ defence, and eventually his persistence paid off. His deflected effort beat goalkeeper Carson, making up for his earlier penalty miss and ensured that Rovers came away with the win.
Bury FC 2-0 Tranmere Rovers: (04/10/2014)
Bury secured their fourth win in five League Two games on what was a disappointing trip to Gigg Lane for the Super White Army.
The hosts took the lead through a terrific effort from Kelvin Etuhu shortly after the restart, before frontman Daniel Nardiello killed off any hopes for Rovers with three minutes of the 90 left to play.
Defeat for Rovers meant that they slipped ever-closer to the League Two relegation zone, after what had been a worrying start to the season. Rob Edwards was under tremendous pressure at this point, with only nine points on the board after 11 games.
Bury FC 1-2 Tranmere Rovers: (11/11/2014)
The Super Whites returned to Gigg Lane only a month after a disappointing 2-0 league defeat. With Micky Adams now in charge, his side claimed sweet revenge in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Bury FC took the lead on 35 minutes through defender Nathan Cameron, but Rovers came back fighting before half-time.
Two goals in as many minutes from Max Power and Danny Johnson ensured that Rovers returned to Merseyside with a semi-final place in their back pocket.
Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Bury FC: (02/05/2015)
It was a game of mixed emotions between the two sets of fans, as already relegated Rovers’s valiant effort against promotion-chasing Bury wasn’t enough on the day.
The visitors meanwhile were on cloud nine as their away victory was enough for them to secure automatic promotion to League One, after several results from other teams fell in their favour.
Tom Soares scored the winner for the Shakers, and while Bury goalkeeper Tom Pope saved efforts from Max Power and Rory Donnelly, Rovers were left without a goal to celebrate for the ever-loud Prenton Park crowd.