IN THE wake of Bury Town’s injury crisis, a number of players from the club’s feeder team will be looking to make a name for themselves in the coming days.
One of those is Ryan Clark, who was thrown in at the deep end against eventual champions Sutton United last season, but has only just got his first chance to impress this campaign.
The winger/striker was called on from the bench against Tooting and Mitcham United on Saturday and then started against Corinthian Casuals on Tuesday, playing arguably the pass of the game with the outside of his right boot to set up a chance for striker John Sands.
“Obviously there have been a few injuries, so I just have to take my chance when I get it,” said Clark. “It has been good to be back involved in the last two games.”
Although normally considered a centre-forward, the 20-year-old can also play out wide, where Bury boss Richard Wilkins employed him in both matches this week.
“I don’t mind playing out wide,” he said. “It’s a lot different playing out there when with the first team because you get a lot more of the ball — I’m just happy to be involved. “We’ve got games coming thick and fast now — we just have to try and win as many as possible and if I get a chance to contribute to that, I will.
“It’s going to be a struggle with as many games as we have got over the next month, but we a have great chance of winning every one.”
Clark has progressed through the ranks at the club and honed his talents playing for Ross Wilding’s Team Bury outfit, who may be having a difficult season in the Ridgeons League First Division but are still producing players that the senior Bury Town side are keen to take on.
Centre-half Daniel Hitching was one of those to impress during the Blues’ 2-1 victory over Corinthian Casuals on Tuesday, while Connor Hall made a late cameo appearance from the substitutes’ bench.
Others who could make the step up include midfielder Josh Curry, forward Will Hitter and in-form striker Adam Burroughs, who has scored in each of his last three Team Bury games.