Bury boss Chenery believes clash with Mildenhall will be ‘like a cup tie’

Ollie Hughes, who is set to lead Bury Town's attack against Mildenhall today. He has netted five goa

Ollie Hughes, who is set to lead Bury Town's attack against Mildenhall today. He has netted five goals already this season. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Andy Abbott

Bury Town manager, Ben Chenery, wants his players to keep cool heads and not get carried away by the occasion, when they entertain Mildenhall Town in an eagerly-awaited West Suffolk derby at Ram Meadow this afternoon.

The two clubs are locked together in mid-table, in the Bostik North, as the end of the first quarter of the season approaches.

“The fans always enjoy these sort of local games, and it will feel like a cup tie,” explained Chenery.

“The main thing is to make sure that the players do not get caught up in the emotions of the occasion.

“Mildenhall have hit a little form of late, and we have been doing well despite last weekend’s defeat (2-0 at Heybridge Swifts), but form will count for nothing this weekend.

“It will be a case of two teams going toe-to-toe. That will be the tone for the whole afternoon,” added Chenery.

Bury have not actually had a home league match for more than a month, since a 3-2 win over Great Wakering Rovers on September 15.

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In fact, Chenery’s men are unbeaten at home in the league, although today will be only their fourth league outing on home turf.

“We have tended do well at home in recent seasons,” continued Chenery, whose side are 11th after eight games, one point and one place better off than Mildenhall (nine games).

“We have a good run of games coming up, with three home fixtures on the spin, so this is a good chance to push on and make a difference, for the rest of October and the start of November. We usually save our best performances for the home games.

“Although we lost at Heybridge last weekend, we had to play with 10 men for 70 minutes.

“It was a good performance and I thought we had the upper hand in the second half in what was a tricky atmosphere, being Julian Dicks’ first home match in charge (of Heybridge),” added Chenery.

Captain Ollie Fenn, sent off against the Swifts, is suspended for today’s clash. He has been hit with a three-match ban

Mildenhall won 3-2 at Aylesbury United in the FA Trophy last Sunday. They were edged out 4-3 by Heybridge in their last league match, after back-to-back wins over Dereham and Soham.

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