Garnham optimistic of continuing run in New Year

Bury celebrate another win this month.

Bury celebrate another win this month. - Credit: Archant

Having remained unbeaten during December, Bury Town goalkeeper Marcus Garnham has urged his team-mates to keep that ‘winning feeling’ going.

The Blues have made giant strides to keep in touch with the Ryman League Premier play-offs this month, picking up 14 points out of a possible 18 on offer.

And Garnham is thrilled at his side’s recent form.

He said: “We’ve been really good of late.”

“The lads have dug in and really kicked on.”


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During their current momentum-gaining run, Garnham and his defenders have kept four clean sheets on the bounce.

“We’ve only conceded in two of the six games, which is fantastic,” said Garnham.

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“Hopefully we can now carry this good form on into the new year.”

Bury’s recent revival has seen them make significant ground on the teams currently in the play-off places and although Garnham knows there is still a long way to go, has set his sights on catching on those teams above the Blues.

He said: “A month ago it wasn’t looking like we’d be in the play-off picture again.

“But that just shows you what throwing a few wins together and building confidence can do.

“The aim has always been to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season and after this run, which we’ve built a lot of momentum from, we’ll hopefully continue that way and force our way in.”

After starting the month off with a creditable draw at fifth-placed Maidstone United, Bury went on to record a hat-trick of 2-0 wins over Wingate & Finchley, Harrow Borough and Canvey Island, before a hard-fought 0-0 stalemate with East Thurrock United.

And on Saturday, Bury went one further by toppling AFC Hornchurch, a side hunting for the Ryman Premier title, 3-2.

“Saturday’s result was brilliant,” said the long-serving goalkeeper.

“We really took the game to them and although they scored a couple, which a quality side like they will do, we deservedly got the points in my opinion.”

Next up for Bury, tomorrow, is a visit from Suffolk rivals Leiston, who will not only be looking to make up for their derby defeat to Lowestoft Town on Boxing Day but are also hoping to avenge their 4-0 home defeat to the Ram Meadow outfit earlier in the season.

“It’s a massive game,” said Garnham.

“They’ve hit teams for four, five and six recently and are a totally different side to the last time we played them.

“Hopefully the game will be on and in front of a bumper crowd with a lively atmosphere.”

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