Bury Town have nothing to lose against the pace-setting Jammers

Ollie Fenn, heading the ball away, has signed on loan to Bury Town from Needham Market

Ollie Fenn, heading the ball away, has signed on loan to Bury Town from Needham Market - Credit: Archant

Bury Town boss Ben Chenery is relishing tomorrow’s visit of Ryman North leaders Maldon & Tiptree, even though his side have lost their last six games on the bounce.

The Jammers arrive at Ram Meadow tomorrow afternoon, having seen their lead at the top eroded away by local rivals Brightlingsea Regent – only goal difference is now keeping Kevin Horlock’s Maldon side on top spot, and Regent do have a game in hand.

Bury will start as the big underdogs, having slipped out of the play-off picture in dramatic fashion since the turn of the year, but Chenery is not too disheartened by the West Suffolk club’s current slump.

“We’ve had a very tough run of fixtures,” insisted Chenery.

“I always knew that this would be a sticky period for us, and to be honest we have been quite unlucky really. Even against Thurrock (4-0 defeat last weekend) I felt that we were in control for the first 25 minutes. We limited them to very few chances, and Noel Aitkens had a very good chance to score for us.

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“But once they got one goal, we rather lost our way for the next 10 minutes, and at 3-0 down at half-time, the game was effectively done and dusted.

“I think that we need to get in front in a game, for the luck to turn. Maldon & Tiptree are a very good team, and their resources far outweigh our own. They also have a very good manager in Kevin Horlock.

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“They have done exceptionally well this season, but I’d rather be playing a top team than a team from the lower half or mid-table.

“There is no pressure on my players. They are not expected to get anything from this game,” added Chenery.

Bury’s last six games have seen away defeats at Cheshunt, AFC Hornchurch, Waltham Abbey and Thurrock, and home losses to Norwich United and Phoenix Sports.

The Blues’ last win was a 2-1 success over Dereham on January 2, the last of a previous five-match unbeaten run.

Chenery has bolstered his squad by recruiting the duo of Ollie Fenn and Taylor Bannister on loan from Needham Market in the build-up to tomorrow’s game.

Experienced midfielder Fenn, who can also operate as a defender, is an ex-Ipswich Town Academy player, while Bannister is a young winger from Needham’s Academy.

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