BURY Town will be looking to build on one of the club’s most successful ever years when they travel to Aveley on Monday (3pm).
The Blues were crowned champions of Zamaretto League Division One Midlands after amassing an astonishing tally of 102 points last season — 62 of which were earned in 2010.
They have taken that form into this campaign and will end the year second in the Ryman League Premier Division having taken 35 points form their first 18 matches.
“It’s been an excellent year for the club,” said Wilkins. “It’s been a fantastic achievement.
“To carry over the sort of form we had at level four football into level three is really encouraging — the lads have really taken to it.
“Credit must also go to all staff, including those who do lots of work behind the scenes.”
The best period of the Blues’ calendar year came during a 24-match unbeaten streak that spread across two seasons and included a run of 15 wins from their last 16 Zamaretto League Division One Midlands matches to clinch the title.
As for what lies ahead in 2011, Wilkins commented: “I’d like to think we can stay in and around the play-off area, as we have done for the majority of the season.”
Kieran Leabon, Chris Henderson, Callum Kearns and Elliott Hunter remain sidelined for Monday’s match at Aveley, while James Scowcroft is unavailable through media commitments.
The ex-Ipswich Town player would have been available had the fixture been played as originally scheduled on New Year’s Day.
However, with Neil Andrews deciding not to go ahead with his knee operation and Cambridge United loanee Sam Ives set to make his debut, the Blues’ midfield should still have a strong look about it.
Wilkins added “I’d like to wish everyone a good New Year and to thank them for supporting us through 2010.
“It’s been a remarkable year and we are firmly established as a level three club. Hopefully we can build on that this year and steadily progress up the pyramid in the coming years.”