Bennett’s striving to become key man for Bury after troubled spell

WORKING HARD: Callum Bennett, pictured in action from Bury Town agianst a Colchester United XI on Saturday
WORKING HARD: Callum Bennett, pictured in action from Bury Town agianst a Colchester United XI on Saturday

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY: Bury Town 0 Colchester United XI 4: Callum Bennett wants to repay Ben Chenery’s faith in him and end a troubled spell in football by becoming one of Bury Town’s key players.

The former Ipswich Town Under-18s captain lost his way a little after some rave reviews as a trainee at Portman Road, and a spell at Notts County failed to revive his career.

He joined Bury Town earlier this year and was shifted around the pitch in his 16 starts and three substitute appearances, but is determined to nail down a midfield position as his own this season.

“I think I’m going to be more central-based this year,” said Bennett. “Whether that’s holding or in behind the striker, it’s going to be one of those two positions, rather than full-back or winger.

“I know Cheners has a lot of faith in me and believes in me, so I’ve got to keep trying my best, prove that his faith is well placed and show that he’s right to have that belief in me.

“Cheners has told me I should be knocking on his door if I’m not playing and striving to be the best player on the pitch.

“He’s got a lot of confidence in me and that makes me want to fulfil what I can.”

Bury were extremely solid in the first half of Saturday’s pre-season defeat to a Colchester United XI, restricting the U’s predominantly under-21 side to one shot, which was a deflected strike by first-team player Marcus Bean – returning to action after injury – that was clawed away by Marcus Garnham.

The Essex outfit stepped up their game after the interval and netted through one of their five trialists, Conor Hubble, Dion Sembie-Ferris and John Curtis.

Liam Wales had the Blues’ best attempt at goal when he ran clear in the 58th minute, only to be denied 
by goalkeeper James Bransgrove.

“We tried to cancel them out in the first half because we knew they were going to have a lot of possession and be better than most teams we play,” added Bennett. “We had to counteract them and make ourselves hard to beat, which we did in the first half.

“We had a bit more of a go at them in the second half and tried to pass it a bit more, which we did to be fair, but we obviously got caught out a bit as well and that’s something we’ll have to work on in training.”

Bury: Garnham (Fenner 77), Smith (Allen 38), Dunbar (Mari 20), Short, Clarke, Hall (Weavers 67), Bennett (Kennedy 74), Whight, Waters (Taylor 57), Bailey (Jolland 84), Wales (Call 84).

Bury Town Football Club SuperDraw week nine: £1,000 M Mackintosh; £150 A Moore; £100 A Mead; £75 G Page; £50 H Cox, P Kenn; £25 J O’Sullivan, M Chantry, L Simpson, Mrs Langley. Birth date drawn: 08/10/17 — no winners. Next week’s prize: £200.