Bury Town targeting another clean-sheet at on-song Heybridge Swifts

Bury Town manager Ben Chenery, hoping his side can keep a fourth clean-sheet in five league games, a

Bury Town manager Ben Chenery, hoping his side can keep a fourth clean-sheet in five league games, at Heybridge - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Bury Town, who have defended well of late, will look to shut-out in-form hosts Heybridge Swifts at Scraley Road tomorrow afternoon.

Heybridge manager, Jody Brown, whose team failed to score a goal for the first time in 28 matches, a

Heybridge manager, Jody Brown, whose team failed to score a goal for the first time in 28 matches, against Haringey in midweek. The match was abandoned in injury-time with the score at 0-0. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

The Swifts are down in 14th spot, a very deceptive position when considered that the Essex club have as many as 11 or 12 games in hand over some of the teams above them in Bostik North, due to long and productive runs in the FA Trophy and FA Cup.

In fact, Jody Brown’s men have won eight of their only 10 league games to date – their backlog of fixtures was not helped by Tuesday night’s home match against Haringey Borough being abandoned in injury-time, with the score at 0-0.

The referee abandoned the game, after a melee on the pitch in the wake of Haringey substitute Ralston Gabriel’s late red card for violent conduct.

“I presume the result will stand as it was abandoned in injury time,” explained Brown.


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“I won’t comment on the incident at the end of the game or the players involved, and nor should anyone else.”

Bury Town are actually three places and five points better off than Heybridge, although the Ram Meadow club have played 11 games more!

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The Blues were held to a 0-0 draw at West Suffolk rivals Mildenhall Town on Tuesday night.

“It was a typical local derby, a little bit disjointed,” explained Bury boss Ben Chenery.

“There was a lot of endeavour, but it was short on quality. We never looked like losing the game, but we huffed and puffed a little, and could not put them to the sword.

“Ollie Hughes should have scored late on, when one-on-one with the keeper just eight yards from goal, but at last it was another clean-sheet for us.

“We are proving a very difficult side to break down, and that’s three clean-sheets in the last four matches for us now.

“At the other end, we have found it difficult to score goals, especially at home when teams have tended to sit behind the ball.

“But away from home we like to soak up the pressure and then hit teams on the break. Hopefully, we can do that at Heybridge, even though they are giving it a good go this season.”

Bury, who will be without the suspended Darcy De’Ath, have not won in six league games.

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