Bury Town boss confident he can the best out of well-travelled striker Joe Benjamin, who has flickered throughout the Conference and Ryman Leagues since leaving Northampton Town in 2010

Bury Town's new exciting striker Joe Benjamin attempts a stepover

Bury Town's new exciting striker Joe Benjamin attempts a stepover - Credit: Archant

Following his lively debut for Bury Town on Saturday, Blues boss Ben Chenery is confident that he can get the best out of his new, well-travelled and powerful striker in Joe Benjamin.

Benjamin, who signed for the Suffolk side last week following his recent release from Grays Athletic, certainly made a name for himself on Saturday - despite the Blues losing by a flattering score-line of 4-1 to Ryman Premier Division high-flyers and money-bags Margate.

Up against a side who look destined for Conference football at the very least in the near future, Benjamin’s short bursts of speed, power, and close control worried the Margate back-line throughout and the 23-year-old was very much the outlet for Chenery’s men on Saturday.

Chenery was pleased with his new signing’s impact, despite some obvious rustiness having not played for over a fortnight.

“I had Joe with me when he was probably about 18/19 at Chelmsford,” said Chenery, who spent a brief spell as assistant of the Clarets previously.


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“He’s very raw and he’s still got that rawness which is good – he’s such a threat because he’s strong, he makes things happen, and he commits defenders.”

Indeed, on Saturday, try as they might, Margate defenders struggled to get the ball off the striker who, despite being repeatedly doubled up on, still made things happen for Bury going forward.

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Benjamin’s bubbly character and enthusiasm should also come as a welcoming one to Bury fans at Ram Meadow - on one instance he tried to take a quicker-than-quick free-kick and inadvertently passed the ball off the pitch.

“He’s a lively character,” laughed the Bury boss.

“He’s going to frustrate you sometimes but other times what he gives you is excellent, and I know what sort of character he is so I’ll get the best out of him.”

A former Northampton United trainee, Benjamin has flickered through the Conference and Ryman Leagues for no less than 13 clubs since leaving the Cobblers in 2010, but Chenery is confident he can settle the striker down at Bury.

“He’ll nail down and stay with me,” declared Chenery.

“I know the lad and know he needs to be treated a certain way.

“He’ll be settled here, and he’ll be a really good acquisition for us.”

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