ALAN Knill believes Bury’s promotion destiny lies in their own hands.

The Shakers manager is preparing for two crucial games in four days over the Easter period, and believes his side are in pole position for elevation to League One.

Shrewsbury, who currently occupy a play-off position, visit Gigg Lane on Good Friday and Knill said: “The prize is there now, and it’s probably ours to lose so it does become more tense.

“I think it’s going to be a tight game against Shrewsbury, and I must admit I am surprised that they are only seventh in the league.

“I thought those who were spending more money than everyone else – Shrewsbury, Wycombe and Bradford – would run away with the league.

“Thankfully that hasn’t been the case and for us to be six points in front of Shrewsbury means we have done pretty well.

“I always felt that anyone who finished above them would stand a good chance of promotion, and that has probably proved the case.”

Midfielder Stephen Dawson plays his final game for Bury against Shrewsbury before beginning a two-game suspension against Darlington on Monday, and the Irish ace is hoping to sign off on a winning note.

“The two teams that we play over Easter are both decent outfits and have a real chance of the play-offs, but if we do win both games I think we are nearly there,” said Dawson, who has been captaining the team in the absence of the injured Paul Scott.

“Although Shrewsbury have drawn a lot of games this season I think they are still a good team and, if they beat us, it could become very tight again.

“We’re not taking them lightly. It’s going to be a big Easter for us and, hopefully, we can come out on top.”

Andy Bishop could return to the Bury side after injury, but winger Michael Jones is struggling with a knock.