Shakers are steady as a rock at the moment

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Bury fans can breathe a little easier now that manager Alan Knill and his assistant Chris Brass have both signed contract extensions until the end of the 2011 season.

Knill was appointed Shakers boss in February 2008 after Chris Casper's dismissal and has led the team on a successful spell in charge so far, winning 60 out of 136 games and losing 39.

He recruited Brass, who like Knill previously played for the Shakers as his full-time assistant in January 2009 and together they have worked tirelessly leading the club to two top 10 finishes in the last two seasons, and this campaign they deservedly sit third in League Two.

Bury Director Brian Fenton added "We are absolutely delighted that Alan and Chris have agreed these new deals. Alan's management of the team has been exceptional since his arrival and the changes he has implemented throughout the football club both on and off the field have undoubtedly made us better."

With this deal firmly sealed Bury went down to Aldershot minus goalkeeper Cameron Belford with rookie keeper Owain Fon Williams taking over. Bury confirmed their promotion credentials in a thrilling game at the EBB stadium as they mastered nine-man Aldershot although things started badly for the Shakers.

After 11 minutes they were caught out by a Jamie Young pass and Jermaine McGlashan sprinted past the static Bury defence, Fon Williams did well to block the cross, but Glen Little nocked an awkward chance into the net. For once star striker Ryan Lowe was off colour but the irrepressible Mike Jones scored two and the win was sealed by another Nicky Ajose goal.

The Shakers are now 3rd in the league with 3 home games on the trot in the next week or so with the welcome interruption of the FA Cup and the Johnstones Paint Trophy game against Tranmere.

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