Bury Town looking to home comforts to get back on track in Ryman Premier Division. Blues host Peacehaven & Telscombe at Ram Meadow today, while Braintree Town, Lowestoft Town, Leiston, Needham Market, AFC Sudbury, Witham Town, and Brightlingsea Regent are all in action in variety of FA Cup and League fixtures.
Following two more defeats on the road in a week, Bury Town boss Ben Chenery is looking forward to home comforts today as Peacehaven & Telscombe visit Ram Meadow in the Ryman Premier Division.
The Blues have yet to win an away game this season and suffered a 4-1 defeat at Met Police last Saturday, before falling to a 2-0 defeat at Grays Athletic on Tuesday evening.
The pair of disappointing defeats comes after a fantastic home win over Billericay Town, and Chenery admits that it’s been a case of one step forward, two steps backwards.
“I felt that against Met Police we were poor,” declared Chenery.
“We went ahead but our work ethic, desire, and passion was strangely missing.
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“We addressed that for the game against Grays and we should have got something from the game.
“We were excellent for most of the game, but an individual mistake cost us the first goal and I can’t legislate for that, it’s disappointing.”
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Chenery continued: “We pushed and pushed for an equaliser, but got done in injury-time and 2-0 is not really a fair reflection on the game, there are fine lines in football.”
The Blues have claimed just one point out of a possible 21 on their travels so far this season, but can draw confidence from their impressive home form, where they are yet to lose this term.
Today’s visit of struggling Ryman Premier new-boys Peacehaven & Telscombe comes as a welcoming one to Bury as they look to get back on track and lift themselves out of the bottom four place they are currently situated in.
“We made a vow at the start of the season to make ourselves hard to beat at home, and we’re continuing to stick with that,” added the Bury boss, whose side were knocked out of the FA Cup in the previous round by Ryman North side Romford.
“For all our troubles away from home, people forget that we’re unbeaten at home and that’s a really positive thing for us.
“We’re resilient and hard to beat here (Ram Meadow) and we’ll look to take that on against Peacehaven, the lads are fully up for it.”
There’s been a bit of movement at Ram Meadow in the last week as forwards Jack Brame (one-month loan) and Steve Holder (permanent switch) have returned to their respective clubs last season, Walsham le Willows and Mildenhall Town.
“I’d like to thank both players for their efforts after stepping up from the Thurlow Nunn,” added Chenery, whose search for replacements and ammunition going forward continue?
“Jack needs to play regularly and Steve had a good go – he wasn’t keen on the travelling side with his work commitments, and Mildenhall is a club he’s fond of. But he done well and he gave everything, scoring a couple of goals too.”
A win today would see the Blues leapfrog Peacehaven in the league and potentially climb up to 14th place should results go their way.
Meanwhile, AFC Sudbury, like Bury, are also in league action today following their FA Cup exit against minnows FC Romania.
The Yellows, on the back of two home defeats, will hope for more luck on the road as they visit Chatham Town in Ryman North.
Elswhere today, Step 4 Ryman North side Needham Market host Step 5 Spartan South Midlands outfit London Tigers in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
The Marketmen might go into the encounter as favourites but will have to have their wits about them to beat a side who have Boris Johnson as their Honorary Patron.
Needham will be hoping to welcome back Chris Hogg following a knee injury as they look to replicate last season’s achievements in the prestigious money-spinning competition.
Meanwhile, Suffolk rivals Leiston are also in FA Cup action this afternoon as they visit fellow Ryman Premier Division rivals Hendon.
Fresh from an excellent 2-1 away victory against Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday, Steve Ball’s men will look to progress, and in doing so win prize money of £4,500.
Lowestoft Town, meanwhile visit Coalville Town – also in the FA Cup today.
Braintree Town host third-placed FC Halifax in the Vanarama Conference this afternoon looking to continue their excellent home form this season.
Iron have won their last three games at Cressing Road by two goals to nil with triumphs over Nuneaton Town, Bristol Rovers, and Kidderminster Harriers.
After a batch of mixed results so far this season, Alan Devonshire’s men sit in 11th position but with another home game on Tuesday against Barnet to look forward to, Braintree will hope to get the points on the board to move them up the table.
Saturday’s opponents Halifax will be a tough test for Iron, the Shaymen have lost just twice in the league this season – conceding just five goals in eight games – one of the best defensive records in the Conference.
Elsewhere in Essex today, Brightlingsea Regent welcome Harlow Town in Ryman North, while Witham Town host fellow Ryman Premier Division outfit Lewes in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round.
Following promotion last season, Witham have settled to life at Step 3 level rather well as they sit 14th in the league.
With Lewes struggling in 22nd in the league, today’s game offers Garry Kimble’s men the perfect opportunity to progress.