Bury boss Alan Knill will hand the goalkeeping gloves and jersey to Richie Branagan for the visit of rivals Stockport.

The 19-year-old will make his Football League debut due to the absence of the injured Cameron Belford and because on-loan Stockport goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams cannot play against his parent club.

Branagan's mistake led to the only goal of the game in Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Tranmere, but Knill is confident the youngster will rise to the challenge.

He said: "I know that he is going to be a good goalkeeper and you only get better by playing."

Knill fielded several fringe players against Tranmere but Efe Sodje, Ryan Lowe, Damien Mozika, Michael Jones and David Worrall are all set to return.

Stockport boss Paul Simpson hopes to sign Watford rookie Tom Aldred on loan ahead of the trip to derby rivals Bury.

The centre-back signed on the dotted line for the Hornets in July after his contract with Carlisle expired. He will be set for a place on the bench at Gigg Lane if the deal goes through.

Midfielder Jake Simpson, who served a one-match suspension in the 1-1 FA Cup draw with Peterborough last weekend, is expected to be available.

The son of the County manager was called up for jury service this week but is still set to be available to face the Shakers, although a starting role is unlikely.

Club captain Danny Swailes is out for the rest of the season with a long-term injury but the Hatters have no other major concerns.

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