Bury Town seeking revenge on Grays Athletic in FA Trophy today

Bury are likely to be without skipper Tom Bullard today

Bury are likely to be without skipper Tom Bullard today - Credit: Archant

Bury Town goalkeeper Marcus Garnham is expecting a feisty affair in today’s FA Trophy encounter with Grays Athletic.

Bury lost 4-3 away at Grays earlier in the season and Garnham insists that Bury are determined to get their revenge this afternoon.

Speaking about the aforementioned September fixture which saw seven goals, numerous yellow cards, a host of dubious decisions from the referee and some post-match altercations in the tunnel, Garnham said: “It was a strange game really, all of their goals were debatable.

“I think they were given a few dodgy penalties and we conceded another one after a blatant foul on our skipper, Tom Bullard.”

At 4-1 down, two late goals from Richard Logan and Joe Whight made for a frantic finish but the Blues were unable to find another goal to rescue a point.


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After some pushing and shoving in the tunnel afterwards which Garnham put down to ‘emotions running high’, today’s clash promises to be an extra feisty one.

“They’re from London so are quite a loud and mouthy bunch,” he explained.

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“Couple that with what happened at the end of the last game, I think it’s fair to say we can expect an extra special cup match.”

After going on to get thumped 4-0 against Dulwich Hamlet and Hendon in the two games following that Grays defeat, Bury have turned their season around of late and have won six out of their last seven games to keep them in touch with the Ryman Premier play-off places.

Tuesday’s 2-1 win against Lewes was arguably their finest of these.

Without five first-team regulars and up against strong opposition also hunting for a play-off position come the end of the season, Bury dug in and turned in a smash and grab performance as Ryan Semple hit a late 97th minute winner.

“I was chuffed to bits with the win,” said Garnham, who made a number of fine saves to deny the east Sussex-based opponents.

“We went 1-0 up and rode our luck a little but we carried on going to the end and deserved the rub of the green because we haven’t had much of that so far this season.”

Boss Richard Wilkins was without the suspended trio of Shane Tolley, Billy Clark and Adam Bailey-Dennis on Tuesday but after serving their respective suspensions, the trio are available for selection.

Skipper Bullard and defender Whight were also missing through injury and while the latter is expected to be fit, Bullard remains a doubt.

“Tom is 50-50,” confirmed Wilkins.

“It’s a rush but it doesn’t look like he’s going to make it which is a big shame.”

Tuesday’s stand-in captain Russell Short, who scored against Lewes, is expected to retain the armband for today’s clash.

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