Russell Short is returning to Bury Town for one final swansong after being called up to the Blues’ Suffolk Premier Cup final squad.
Short, who won four trophies in as many seasons at Ram Meadow, left Bury to join Biggleswade Town earlier this year, but is eligible to play in the county final against Felixstowe and Walton United on Tuesday (7.30pm) because the Blues retained his registration.
The Ryman League Premier Division outfit, who end their league campaign at Thamesmead Town tomorrow (3pm), are also attempting to secure the return of striker Shane Tolley for Tuesday’s encounter at AFC Sudbury’s The MEL Group Stadium .
“I was keen to play, but I spoke to Bully (Bury captain Tom Bullard) and he said ‘100 per cent, yes please’ to me coming to play,” said Short, who is expected to partner Bullard at the heart of Bury’s defence. “I only missed the semi-final, so I’ve helped them get there. It’s disappointing the final is not at Portman Road, but it will be nice to play in the final and hopefully help the club win another cup.”
Bury head into the final as overwhelming favourites against Felixstowe, who play two levels below the Blues, but are without the injured Billy Clark, Jordan Patrick and Ryan Taylor — the man of the match and two goalscorers from Bury’s 2-1 success over Leiston in the semi-finals — while young defender Callum Finch is also out.
They cannot call on dual-registered Walsham pair Jack Brame and Nathan Clarke because they are cup-tied.
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