With just 11 senior players to choose from, Bury Town manager Richard Wilkins is considering his options for tomorrow’s Suffolk derby.
The Blues welcome Seb Dunbar back into their squad for the trip to Lowestoft Town (3pm), giving Wilkins the chance to tweak his line-up.
With Dunbar set to take up his usual slot at left-back, Joe Whight is freed up to return to midfield and could result in former Lowestoft winger Danny Cunningham or ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Billy Clark being utilised in attack in place of teenage Australian striker Anthony Roulston.
“It’s difficult for Ozzie (Roulston) and Ryan Taylor to lead the line at this level when they’re still only young,” said Wilkins, whose side are also due to host Grays Athletic on Tuesday (7.45pm). “I’ve got 11 senior players and all 11 may play against Lowestoft on Saturday.
“One of Danny or Billy may play up top — it’s just a bit much of an ask for the youngsters at the moment.”
Lowestoft will be looking for revenge after Bury thrashed their rivals 4-0 in the Suffolk Premier Cup on October 8, despite the Blues being reduced to 10 men.
The Trawlerboys’ home record is among the best in the Ryman League Premier Division, but should Bury become just the fourth side to take three points away from Crown Meadow this season, the Blues would have recorded more points on the road than any other side in the division.
“I think we have got a good chance if we can keep 11 players on the field, which we haven’t always been able to do against Lowestoft,” said Wilkins, whose side have won two and drawn one of their last three meetings with their great rivals — including a 2-0 success in the Suffolk Premier Cup final in May.
Saturday’s goalless draw with Thamesmead Town — played in front of Bury’s sixth biggest home crowd of the season — left the Blues in eighth and Wilkins is still determined for his side to do the best they can to finish as high as they can.
“Our goal is to try and push for the play-offs, but it’s almost an impossible task,” he said. “With a small squad and playing Saturday/Tuesday, Saturday/Tuesday you are going to pick up injuries and suspensions.
“When you look at other teams, they are bringing players in for a push and we’ve lost three, but we will do the best we can.”
The stalemate with Thamesmead brought a week dominated by off-the-field headlines to an end and chairman Russell Ward was pleased with the ‘positive attitude’ of the supporters on the day.
Sales from the new club shop — placed in front of the ground — reached three figures and Bury have also managed to sell half-season tickets, including one to The Woolpack public house in Fornham St Martin, which is now part of a raffle to help raise more cash for the Blues.
There were also a number of small donations from fans.
n Bury Town SuperDraw week 32 results: £1,000 Helen Nuttall; £100 D F Sinclair; £75 D Hollyoak; £50 D Reynolds, A Selby; £25 R Bate, Ryder, S Steele, G Whitefield.
The birth date drawn was 17/02/67 and the £100 jackpot was won by Mike Wood.
Next week’s prize will start again at £100.