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Bury boss Chenery insists his side will cope with Billericay test

PUBLISHED: 10:50 10 November 2017

Ben Chenery's Bury Town were beaten at Billericay on Saturday

Ben Chenery's Bury Town were beaten at Billericay on Saturday

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Bury Town boss Ben Chenery is confident his players will not be overawed by the occasion when they face Billericay Town in the FA Trophy.

Bury Town boss Ben Chenery is confident his players will not be overawed by the occasion when they face Billericay Town in the FA Trophy.

The two sides meet in a second qualifying round clash on Saturday, in a game which pits Bury’s group of young players against a side likely to include former Premier League players Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, as well as many others with experience in the professional game.

The contest is likely to be played in front of more than 1,000 fans, but Chenery is confident his players will cope despite admitting the game may be the biggest many of them will have been involved in.

“It’s one we’ve been looking forward to but it’s been important for us to focus on the job in hand, which we have been doing well.

“Now it’s about Saturday and being set up well for the game. It will be a great experience for some of the younger ones and it can only be a positive for them, given they will be playing in front of a big crowd against some good players in a good cup competition.

“We know how tough it will be but we’re going there with the mentality of trying to cause an upset. Cup football is about upsets and we’re certainly the underdogs, but we’ll give a good account of themselves.

“We just want to ensure we don’t freeze and play the kind of football we want to play and give a good account of ourselves.”

Chenery will lead his Bury side into the contest on the back of a good run of form, which sees them unbeaten in four games following Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Norwich United. But he believes the key to causing a cup upset will be his players limiting their mistakes.

He said: “Football teams are always a reflection of the manager and the staff and the players are like me in not playing with fear and not knowing when they are beaten.

“They are a bunch of lads who can’t wait and are looking forward to the challenges ahead of them. If you go 11 against 11 then they are a better football team than us but we have to look for small wins across the pitch, good organisation and not making mistakes.

“The higher you go the more you are punished for your mistakes so we need to limit those as much as we can.”

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