Chenery wants to keep his Bury Town side in contentions in tough November

If Bury Town are still in the promotion hunt come the end of a tough-looking November, manager Ben Chenery will be a happy man.

The Ram Meadow club finished October sixth in Bostik League Division One North and by securing a FA Vase second qualifying-round visit to big-spending Billericay Town, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Chalfont St Peter in their first qualifying-round replay on Tuesday night.

They begin their November schedule with a visit to Brentwood tomorrow and then a midweek home clash with Norwich United, prior to their cup visit with Billericay on November 11. But with a trip to leaders Dereham and a game with fourth-placed Bowers & Pitse to come later in the month, Chenery will be happy to emerge with his side still in contention.

“November is always a tough month because at this time of year your find yourself with cups in full flow and a very hectic league schedule,” Chenery said.

“We’ve got a tough run of games coming up and they come at a time when we are a little light in terms of numbers so it will certainly be a test for us. We need to keep our levels up and if we can do that and still be around the top six at the end of the month then I will be happy.”The visit to Billericay will see Chenery’s players take on a squad including the likes of former Premier League players Jermaine Pennant, Paul Konchesky and Jamie O’Hara. But will the prospect of the game is an exciting one the Bury boss knows he has league business to attend to first.


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“Of course that game is exciting and one we’re looking forward to because they get good crowds down there and it might be an experience many of our players haven’t had before or might not experience again,” Chenery said.

“They have obviously spent some money down there and good luck to them, I say. They have spent it on improving their facilities and they have put a real buzz into the game down there. You could say it has reignited something and put non-league football on the map in a lot of ways.

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“We have tough games before then with Brentwood always a difficult one.

“The main thing for us is to match their physicality and desire.”

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