Buoyant Bury Town boss Ben Chenery: ‘We are in striking distance of the play-offs’
Bury Town head into tomorrow night’s Bostik North clash with Potters Bar in good heart after a healthy run of results.
Ben Chenery’s side have won two of their last three league fixtures and lost just one in eight.
Too many draws have hindered their progress up the table – they currently sit in 10th – but with team spirit high and Chenery buoyed by recent performances, Bury’s season – and play-off hopes – are very much alive.
“We are in the best position we have been in for a couple of seasons,” Chenery, who made more than 100 Football League appearances for Cambridge United and Luton, said.
“We are in striking distance of the play-offs and I’m looking to add a couple to the squad if possible. December was always going to be a tough month, with some tough fixtures, so just losing to Hornchurch was good.
“We have come through the Christmas period well, two wins (against Soham on Boxing Day and Ware on Saturday) and a draw at Sudbury, where it was always going to be tough, have been very positive.”
Bury are starting to show their competitive teeth, coming back from conceding goals and going on to pick up draws and wins – something Chenery is especially pleased to see.
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“A manager I once played under told me to always try and mould a team in your own personality,” the Blues boss said.
“I’ve always been someone who was good when the chips were down and we are showing that this season.
“On Saturday against Ware, we were 2-0 up, they got it back to 2-2, but we kicked on again to win. At Sudbury we got a late equaliser, we kept going, I like that.”
Potters Bar have lost just two of their last 10 Bostik North fixtures – including seven victories.
They will arrive at Ram Meadow tomorrow looking to get plenty out of the game.
“They will be confident, but so are we,” Chenery added.
“We must be resilient, the pitch will be heavy, it won’t be easy, we have to adapt, like we did on Saturday.”
Blues will be hoping Cemal Ramadan continues his recent good goalscoring form. The Blues man has netted five times in the last six games.
Meanwhile, AFC Sudbury go in search of a victory after three successive draws when they travel to The Arena to take on Brentwood Town tomorrow night.
The Essex side are currently sitting in 19th place in the Bostik North table with 25 points, while AFC are 15th with 31 points.
AFC manager Mark Morsley is likely to make a couple of changes to the starting XI from that of Saturday.
Tyler French is an injury doubt and it will probably mean a recall of experienced central defender Ian Miller, who scored twice while on reserve team duty against Little Oakley on Saturday.
Ollie Peters will be hoping that his goalscoring record of late continues as he seeks to get near to the 11-goal total of Adam Mills earlier in the season.
Also in Bostik North, Heybridge Swifts face leaders AFC Hornchurch, in what on paper looks a cracking tie.