Writer: Auckland Owl
Date:Saturday July 26 2008
Saturday's friendly with Bury throws up the intriguing prospect of a clash between a pair of the footballing Sodje brothers.
Owls striker Akpo has just started to make his way back to full match fitness after an injury hit season, and in the opposition line up this weekend will be.. his big brother Efe. The bandana-wearing 35 year old Nigerian international spent a large part of last season on loan to Bury from Gillingham, and has now signed for the Shakers on a free.
Akpo will be hoping to come out on top of their battle at Gigg Lane, having made an encouraging return from ligament damage in the MK Dons match, making two goals in the 4-1 win. He was naturally pleased with the game and, in a Radio Sheffield interview, told the Owls fans to expect more from him and pledged to beat last season's tally of seven goals from nineteen games.
Early team news from Gigg Lane reveals Bury boss Alan Knill expects to have a fully fit squad available, with the exception of young defender Ricky Anane, who is suffering the effects of a hamstring injury from a previous friendly vs. Halifax.
Wednesday will take a strong squad over the Pennines.. there are still doubts over Francis Jeffers who may not be risked. As the strikers are in scoring form, Brian Laws may well decide to ease Jeffers in at a later date. Liam McMenamin ran off a knock in Thursday night's draw with Stocksbridge Steels but should be in line for some game time if required at Bury. Jimmy Smith and Wade Small may not feature.
Assistant boss Russ Wilcox wants a repeat of the MK Dons game and told the official web site: 'I thought we played the right game.. after they gave us an early scare. The approach was right, the effort was right and most of all it was a very good performance, all over the field. The fitness levels are very strong, the spirit is fantastic, and by the time Burnley comes around, all the hard work in Holland and back home will hopefully pay dividends.'
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