CHANGING OF THE GUARD

TRADING PLACES: Marcus Garnham, left, is swapping Bury for Sudbury, while Alex Archer, right, is set to head in the opposite directio
TRADING PLACES: Marcus Garnham, left, is swapping Bury for Sudbury, while Alex Archer, right, is set to head in the opposite directio

AFC Sudbury goalkeeper Alex Archer is heading into Bury Town after Marcus Garnham ended seven years at Ram Meadow to go the other way.

Garnham, the Blues’ longest-serving player until he announced his departure last Thursday, was keen for a fresh start — something offered to him by Bury’s great rivals.

Meanwhile, Archer is set to complete a three-month loan deal from Sudbury on Monday, with a view to a permanent move in January.

“I loved being part of Bury and loved the club but it was just time to move on,” said Garnham, twice named the Ryman League Premier Division’s best goalkeeper during his time at Bury. “It came from the season before really.

“I was not enjoying it and didn’t think I had got to the levels I had got to before and I felt something had to change.

“I need to be more positive. Things have been quite negative at Bury and it has been a difficult time.”

But after his exit the 26-year-old has backed Chenery to keep the Blues up, as well as Archer to succeed in his jersey.

He said: “I have seen him a few times and he is very athletic and agile and is a good shot stopper and I don’t see anything stopping him going higher at all.”

Cup-tied Archer will not make his Bury debut when Hendon visit Ram Meadow in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy tomorrow (3pm) and his move will instead be finalised in the build-up to the following Saturday’s Ryman Premier encounter with Hampton and Richmond Borough.

However, manager Ben Chenery has no problem sticking with youngster Steven Fenner after he excelled in the Blues’ 2-1 triumph over Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.

“His agility and handling were superb,” said the Bury boss, whose injury list continues to ease.

Joe Benjamin, who came off unwell on Saturday, has recovered and will feature, but Remi Garrett — his replacement — has gone down with a virus and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Centre-half David Femiola (knee) is set to return to the squad, while John Kennedy and Russell Short (both knee) could also be back.

Bury (from): C Benjamin, J Benjamin, Bennett, Dunbar, Femiola, Fenner, Garrett, Hall, Kennedy, Miller, Patrick, Ruel, Shaw, Short, Smith, Weavers, Whight, Willbye.