Bury Town looking to beat Billericay weather for the third time lucky
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Bury Town will be looking to beat the weather for the third time lucky when they travel to Billericay Town tomorrow evening.
Richard Wilkins’ men have already travelled to and seen two proposed fixtures against their Essex-based opponents called off this term in a game that just cannot seem to be played.
And with Billericay’s pitch falling victim of the ill-weather eight times so far this season, tomorrow night’s game is again in serious jeopardy.
“It looks like the game will be weather permitting,” said Bury boss Richard Wilkins.
“They’ve called off late twice against us before this season so I hope that doesn’t happen again.”
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Bury were just 15 minutes from Billericay’s New Lodge stadium on their first trip to Essex in November before ‘Ricay’ called off and then history was repeated in the rearranged fixture in December to frustrate Bury’s players, fans and management team alike.
Suffolk-rivals Lowestoft Town have also endured similar problems as they have seen three games postponed at Billericay.
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Wilkin’s men drew 0-0 at home to relegation threatened Thamesmead Town on Saturday but the Bury boss thought his side deserved to win the game.
“It was a little bit of a nitty-gritty game and it showed that we hadn’t played for two weeks,” said Wilkins.
“That said, I think our second half performance warranted the points.
“We had some good chances and felt like it was two points dropped more than one gained.”
Should tomorrow’s game go ahead, Wilkins has virtually a fully-fit squad to pick from with the suspended Seb Dunbar being welcomed back into the fold.
“One or two of the lads have little knocks from the weekend but they should be fine,” said the Bury boss.
“Seb’s available again and will go straight back in at left-back for us, I’ve no qualms about that.
“He’s been superb for us since signing in the summer and is one of the best, if not the best, left-backs in the division.
“He gets up and down and has worked on his defensive shape a lot for us since arriving, he’s been excellent.”
Joe Whight played at left-back in Saturday’s draw and Wilkins admits that he now has a decision to make in central midfield with the former Ipswich Town player likely to battle it out with John Kennedy for a starting berth.
“I’ve got a decision to make in the middle of the park with Joe and John,” admitted Wilkins.
“John’s been a big boost since coming back from injury for us and Joe’s been great as well so it’s a nice decision to have.”
Meanwhile, AFC Sudbury are set to host Ryman North league-leaders VCD Athletic tomorrow night looking to build on their fine 4-2 win over Barkingside on Saturday.
Elsewhere in the region’s games, Essex-based duo Heybridge Swifts and Witham Town are also in action with home ties against Dereham Town and Tilbury, weather permitting.