Bury boss confident Blues can bridge the gap to the play-offs

Pic - Richard Marsham - FA Trophy, Bury Town v Thurrock - Craig Nurse ANL-151128-192557009
Pic - Richard Marsham - FA Trophy, Bury Town v Thurrock - Craig Nurse ANL-151128-192557009

Bury Town manager Ben Chenery believes bouncing the Blues straight back up to the Ryman Premier is still an achievable target.

The Ram Meadow outfit, who finished eight points adrift at the bottom of the table on the way down to Ryman League Division One North, now find themselves trailing the top five play-off place by the same margin.

One win in eight since December had left their hopes of extending their season seemingly hanging by a thread with a 10-point gap to bridge.

But Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over third-from-bottom Redbridge made it three straight victories, following solid away showings at Witham Town and Great Wakering Rovers (both 1-0).

Asked if promotion was still the aim, Chenery, who had been coy about the ambition inside the dressing room at the start of the season, replied: “It always has to be.

“As a footballer and manager I am a positive person and I am with a club who will never ever give up on that goal.

“It’s important to get good results, of course, and the last three results have gone a long way to putting things right.

“There were two great away wins and then we managed to score four goals on Tuesday, three in the last minutes of the game to the character in this side.

“We will keep pushing, all the way to the end.”

Tuesday’s result came despite missing seven players and tomorrow’s home game with 13th placed Phoenix Sports - who go into the contest with only one win in their last five - will see the Blues still without: Connor Hall (4-6 weeks, knee), Noel Aitkens (2 weeks, hamstring), James Paterson (2-4 weeks, hip), Sam Reed (1-2 weeks, knee op), Darcy De’ath (foot, unkown) and Bradley Barber (2-3 weeks, back).

But midfielder Craig Nurse will be available after illness.

Bury then have little time to rest up before travelling to 14th placed Aveley on Monday (7.45pm).