Bury boss Richard Wilkins calls for realistic goals despite Blues knocking on the door of Ryman Prem play-off positions
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Normally, a club on an unbeaten run of eight wins and two draws from their last 10 games, would be fixing their gaze up the table.
But for Bury Town boss Richard Wilkins nothing could be further from the truth.
The Blues are knocking on the door of the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs, due to a superb run that has seen them unbeaten since the end of November.
Wilkins’ men are up to eighth in the table, just five points adrift of the top five – they also have a game in hand over fifth-placed Bognor Regis.
Today, weather permitting, the Blues face a tough challenge on the road at fourth-placed Wealdstone, a side who have only lost two home games all season.
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On the face of it, this should be a gauge of Bury’s play-off credentials, and a great chance for the Ram Meadow club to make further advances up the table.
But Wilkins is taking a more down-to-earth approach.
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“We must be realistic, and have realistic goals,” explained Wilkins.
“At the moment, under the circumstances with the players and even the management team not being paid, everyone is performing beyond the call of duty.
“That’s the situation. There is still outstanding money to be paid.
“Personally, I think it will be an amazing effort if we manage to stay where we are in the division, or finish in mid-table. The good thing is that we have already got 46 points.
“I’m not so naive as to think that our unbeaten run will keep going.
“And it’s not a case of me being negative, it’s just how it is,” added Wilkins.
Despite the cautious approach from boss Wilkins, Bury fans can be excused for at least dreaming of their side continuing to climb the league.
The Blues delivered another inspired display, full of guts and determination, to beat visiting Grays 2-1 at Ram Meadow on Tuesday night, despite having skipper Tom Bullard sent off after 33 minutes.
Bullard will serve a three-match suspension, due to start in a couple of weeks, while fellow centre-half Adam Bailey-Dennis has also been hit with a future four-game ban, for his role in a post-match fracas in the tunnel at Grays in a fixture last September.
Both men will be sorely missed, but for the moment Bury will at least be able to field a fairly strong starting XI for the trip to Wealdstone.
Winger Jordan Patrick missed the midweek win over Grays, due to an ankle injury, and will also be sidelined today. But attacker Danny Cunningham, another absentee on Tuesday night, is set to return after undergoing a stomach operation.
“People in the bar, after the Grays game, were suggesting that I go out and get some players in, but we can’t even pay the ones we’ve got!” continued Wilkins.
“It will be the youngsters who get an opportunity instead.
“Tuesday night was a big game for Liam Wales, and others will also get their chance.”