Bury boss targets a season of consolidation following relegation

Bury manager Ben Chenery

Bury manager Ben Chenery - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Bury Town boss Ben Chenery has admitted promotion back to the Ryman Premier Division is not the aim for the upcoming season.

Last year, The Blues suffered a humiliating relegation after finishing rock bottom with only 32 points, but Chenery believes his players have the right attitude to turn the club back around.

Speaking on Tuesday, Chenery said: “We have no issues mentally. I’ve kept a good set of core players who did well under difficult circumstances last season.

“Add that with a new set of players who have no fear and we have the right team to have a good season,” said Chenery.

The Blues manager admitted a year of consolidation is what is expected next year, with a return to the Ryman Premier Division not viable.

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Chenery has brought in a number of new players to help the team, including Ollie Hughes from AFC Sudbury and Bradley Barber from Felixstowe, and the boss believes the team have made good progress during the summer break.

“I’ve been happy with pre-season, the players have done really well and all we can do is make sure we are fit and organised ready for the start of the season,” Chenery said.

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The Ram Meadow men begin their campaign at home to Aveley on Saturday, before heading to Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday night.

“I expect a very difficult and direct league this year,” explained Chenery.

“Teams will compete for every ball and we have to make sure we compete with full desire and passion,” he continued.

The West Suffolk side conceded 86 goals on their way to relegation last season, and to address that problem Chenery has captured Nick Punter in goal, as well as Alex Speed from Mildenhall.

“I’ve added players all over the pitch, and it’s hard to work out whether the changes have worked or not during pre-season,” said the Blues boss.

“We’ve got to remember last season we simply did not have enough to compete, but if my players wear the shirt with pride this year we should certainly improve.”

Bury Town face Aveley tomorrow at 3pm.

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