FA Cup action comes as a ‘breath of fresh air’ to a Bury Town side so very close to clicking, says boss Ben Chenery

Close but no cigar: Bury Town go close to scoring last season - something boss Ben Chenery says is v

Close but no cigar: Bury Town go close to scoring last season - something boss Ben Chenery says is very close to clicking - Credit: Archant

Despite his side’s current lowly-placed position of 21st in the Ryman Premier Division, Bury Town manager Ben Chenery is fairly content at what he has seen so far and believes that the Blues are just around the corner from scoring the goals, achieving better results, and pushing up the table.

Bury visit Ryman North’s Romford on Sunday afternoon in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup looking to get that elusive away victory on board and in doing so, progress in a competition Chenery describes as a ‘breath of fresh air’.

So far this season, the Blues have more than held their own at Ram Meadow - with Seb Dunbar’s late equaliser on Tuesday evening against Leatherhead preserving their unbeaten home record, although four of these five games have ended in draws.

It is on the road where Chenery’s men have struggled but the new Blues boss is confident his side are just moments away from clicking.

“I said to the lads in pre-season that whatever happens this season we make ourselves hard to beat here (Ram Meadow),” added Chenery.

“Yes we’ve got to do better away from home but we have had some tough games on the road.

“We only lost 1-0 to top of the table Maidstone, where other teams have been hammered, and we also managed to draw away at Kingstonian who are expected to do well again this year.”

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Chenery continued: “Other than the defeat at Wingate & Finchley (4-0), we’ve been in every game - and with a little bit of tweaking we’ll score more goals and pick up more points.

“We’re so close to winning games. Tuesday was the perfect example - we dominated large periods of the first half, and second half, but couldn’t put the ball in the net.”

Further research shows that Bury have scored just four league goals this season, the lowest amount in the division, something Chenery is aware of - but not concerned about.

“Defensively we’re looking solid but it’s just the scoring the goals that we’re working on but as I’ve said we literally are so close,” he added.

One player that looks certain to have a positive effect on Chenery’s side going forwards is new signing Kye Ruel, who endured a lively debut against Leatherhead on Tuesday.

“Kye’s a good player who makes things happen,” said the Bury boss.

“He’s got good legs, he runs with the ball, and often picks the right decision. He also brings some a lot of experience with him to our young team.”

A free agent following his release from Witham Town, Ruel looks set to have a bright future at Bury alongside another invaluable new signing in Justin Miller, the former Ipswich Town trainee who made more than 150 Football League appearances for Leyton Orient previously.

“Justin’s missed the last couple of games with an achilles problem and a chest infection but he’s a calming influence,” added Chenery.

“He talks constantly and has lots of experience and ability to help us no end.”

This weekend, Bury travel to Romford in the FA Cup on Sunday following Thurrock, who Romford ground-share with, playing host to Welwyn Garden City on Saturday.

“Playing and travelling on a Sunday is not ideal but it is what it is,” continued Chenery.

“Everyone enjoys the FA Cup - it’s a breath of fresh air and is a nice competition for any club to play in. Financially it’s a boost, and we’re looking forward to the game.”

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