Bury face four away games on the bounce, but Chenery buoyant after a cracking festive period

Bury manager Ben Chenery

Bury manager Ben Chenery - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Not many teams enjoyed the festive period as much as Bury Town.

Ben Chenery’s Blues picked up nine points out of nine from three games and propelled themselves back into the Ryman North play-offs.

They are unbeaten in five league games and have hit good form as they head into 2017 – today Bury travel to Cheshunt, before getting on the road again on Tuesday night when they travel to AFC Hornchurch.

In fact with trips to Ware and Aveley also to come in the next two weeks, Bury will be hoping for plenty of away-day joy over the next month.

“We enjoy playing away from home,” said Bury manager Chenery.

“We are good at defending stoutly and breaking at speed. We know the games coming up will be tough, but we’ve had a good Christmas and New Year and are in good shape.

“The most important thing is not to get beaten if possible. We can do that, but I’m under no illusions.”

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Bury have hit a bit of form at the right time this year – a complete contrast to this time last season when December 2015 saw them register just one point from four league games.

The signing of Leon Ottley-Gooch from Leiston has also given the club a boost.

“As a coaching team we work hard looking at players and seeing what we can do to improve things” Chenery said.

“Leon is someone I have always admired and he has settled us down in his two games so far.

“He’s a big player for us and the rest of the team. It’s given us a boost.”

Meanwhile also in Ryman North, league leaders Maldon & Tiptree face a tricky test away to Dereham Town.

Despite losing to Bury last time out, Dereham had won their previous two, including winning 3-2 against Brightlingsea.

Regent, sitting in the final play-off place, travel to Romford, while in-form Witham entertain second-placed Thurrock – and could do Maldon & Tiptree a favour by picking up a win.

Heybridge Swifts picked up three points at Brentwood on Monday and entertain Aveley this afternoon and Bowers & Pitsea next Saturday.

In Conference South, Chelmsford, who have lost just one in 18 league games, entertain Whitehawk.

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