Ryan Semple believes Bury Town’s December form has proved how close the players at the club are.
The winger — who chose to move back to Boston United this week — helped the Blues remain unbeaten throughout the final month of 2013, even though some of the players had not received all their money.
The uncertainty over wages — later revealed by chairman Russell Ward to be caused by ‘a tight cash flow situation’ at Ram Meadow — led to the departures of striker Shane Tolley, midfielder David Bridges and Semple.
“I’m really sad to leave a group of lads and management I got on really well with,” he said. “It’s a tight knit squad, — that has been proved even more with the results while these issues have been going on.
“Once training and games came around, our focus was to win the game, regardless of anything else.”
Semple, who netted one of Bury’s goals of the season with a 25-yard screamer in their 5-1 demolition of Grays Athletic, scored nine goals in 87 appearances during a previous spell for Boston United and admitted the chance to return to York Street was ‘too good an opportunity to turn down’.
“It was a good opportunity to go back to a club I know well and to a club I’ve had some success with,” said the former Peterborough United player, who netted a crucial late goal on his second debut for Boston as they beat Workington 5-3 to maintain their Skrill Conference North promotion push.
The departure of the trio of senior players has damaged Bury’s own hopes of thrusting themselves into a promotion battle in the Ryman Premier, but Semple does not envisage things falling apart on the pitch between now and the end of the season.
“The squad that’s there right now will be comfortable without a doubt,” he said. “There’s no danger of there being anything worse than sitting where they are now.”
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