Bury Town add former AFC Sudbury midfielder Ollie Canfer to their squad

Ollie Canfer (blue) in action for Ipswich Wanderers at the start of last season

Ollie Canfer (blue) in action for Ipswich Wanderers at the start of last season - Credit: Archant

Bury Town have added former Brightlingsea Regent and AFC Sudbury midfielder Ollie Canfer to their squad, ahead of tonight’s Ryman North Division home encounter against Soham Town Rangers (kick-off 7.45pm).

The attacking midfielder joins the third-placed Blues after leaving Jamie Godbold’s Sudbury last week.

And Canfer will hope he can help Bury cement their position in the top three positions of the Division tonight against struggling Soham.

The Blues have lost just one of their first 13 league games of the season, ironically losing their unbeaten league record to lowly Heybridge Swifts last Tuesday evening, by a 3-1 score-line on home turf.

However, that was only a hic-cup for in-form Bury, who immediately bounced back with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Great Wakering Rovers last Saturday.

Headed first-half goals by Justin Miller and Oliver Hughes, from crosses by Bradley Barber and James Paterson respectively, wrapped up a seventh win for Ben Chenery’s young side. It was Hughes’ seventh goal of the season, his sixth in the league.

Relegated from the Ryman Premier last season, after a very difficult campaign, Bury’s ambition this term have always been one of consolidation at this new lower level.

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However, after such a bright start, and with the prospect of more home success this evening – Bury hammered Soham 3-0 away only a fortnight ago – Blues fans could be forgiven for dreaming of a possible immediate return to the Ryman Premier.

Tonight’s match is a key one for Bury, not least because they face the toughest test of the league season this Saturday, away at clear leaders Cray Wanderers.

Elsewhere in Ryman North, Heybridge Swifts entertain AFC Sudbury at Scraley Road.

New boss Jody Brown had a great start to life on the Swifts hot seat, masterminding back-to-back wins over Aylesbury (Trophy) and at Bury (league) in his first two games.

And although they failed to make it a hat-trick of successes last weekend, losing 1-0 at home to pace-setters Cray Wanderers was certainly no disgrace.

AFC Sudbury, meanwhile, slipped out of the top five after suffering only their third league defeat of the campaign, a 5-1 thrashing at Thurrock.

And Thurrock are also in action this evening, at home to Maldon & Tiptree.

Braintree Town, well placed in ninth spot in the National League Premier, host third-placed Dover at Cressing Road this evening.

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