Bury Town’s bright young things are set to get another chance to shine in a national competition when Herne Bay visit in the FA Trophy.
A punishing schedule of games –two a week over the last two months – has taken its toll on Ben Chenery’s 16-man squad, leading to four players under the age of 19 finishing Tuesday’s pleasing 1-0 win at London-based Phoenix Sports, to bag six points from six over the past seven days.
But the Blues chief will not hesitate to blood them again in the competition which saw both exciting winger Dan Hammett (17, third from left) and promising striker Cameron Nicholls (16,right) handed their Bury Town debuts in the previous round, a 2-0 home victory over Kings Langley.
With potentially five first-team key players unavailable, in Ollie Canfer (cup tied), Bradley Barber (back), Noel Aitkens (hamstring), Sam Reed (knee) and Remi Garrett (back and hamstring), Chenery is ready to turn back to his West Suffolk College Sports Academy pupils again, rather than dip into the transfer market.
He said: “Saturday is likely to come too soon for them, which would be a shame, but it is the situation from playing so many games. These lads have had to push their bodies to the limit, often when not 100 per cent fit.
“On Tuesday we finished with four lads from the West Suffolk College Football Academy (pictured) and those boys can fill those gaps for us and do themselves proud.
“Luckily I have these younger players I can put in and fit alongside my senior players, who can help them through, but it will all depend on how our injury situation unfolds in the next 48 hours.
“I believe these guys are certainly good enough to do a job for me — it’s just I know they won’t be able to do it consistently across 15-20 games.”
The Bury boss was delighted with the way his weary side strung another two league wins together over the past week, lifting them up to third, while he added he is expecting a tough encounter tomorrow with Ryman One South (equivalent league) outfit Herne Bay (3pm), who reached the FA Vase semi-finals in 2011/12, looking to extend their best ever run in the FA Trophy.