Wilkins hopes for another FA Cup run

BURY Town manager Richard Wilkins is hoping his side can replicate last season's run to the FA Cup first round.

Stuart Watson

BURY Town manager Richard Wilkins has warned Blues fans not to expect an easy ride in the FA Cup today.

The Suffolk side are travelling to Derbyshire to face a Matlock Town side that play a step higher than them in the non-league pyramid, but expectations of progress are high after Wilkins' side beat King's Lynn - who also play in the Unibond League Premier Division - in the last round.

King's Lynn were relegated from the Blue Square North last season and are currently seventh in the table, while 14th placed Matlock, on paper at least, look an easier prospect.

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“It's going to be a very tricky game,” said Wilkins, whose side have lost just one Zamaretto League Midlands Division One match so far this season.

“There seems to be a slight air of expectation among supporters that, because we beat King's Lynn, we should win this one.

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“This will be far from easy though. They are not a bad team, they are full of experienced players and we are facing them at their place.”

Bury made it all the way to the first round proper last year, winning five matches along the way, before losing 4-2 in Derbyshire to Blue Square North side Alfreton Town.

“You hope that we can draw on the experience of our run in this competition last season,” said Wilkins.

Midfielder Lee Reed faces a late fitness test on an ankle injury, while Roscoe Hipperson is likely to be on the bench following his recent return from a hip injury. On-loan Histon striker Kieran Leabon will be available having not featured for his parent club in the competition.

Ryman League Division One North leaders Lowestoft Town also play a Unibond League Premier Division side in the form of Boston United. The Lincolnshire outfit are currently 11th in the table and beat Loughborough Dynamo 4-2 in the last round.

The Trawler Boys have beaten Great Yarmouth Town (3-0) and Dereham Town (3-1) to reach this stage. They have already gone further than they did last year when they exited in the first qualifying round to Cambridge City.

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