Outgoing striker Steve Holder has given an insight into the financial constraints Bury Town manager Ben Chenery is working under at the Blues.
The forward — Bury’s joint top scorer with two goals this season — revealed he took a pay cut to sign for his hometown club from Mildenhall Town this summer, despite moving up two divisions in the process.
Although Holder — who returned to Hall this week — believes Bury will retain their Ryman League Premier Division status, he fears it will not take much of an injury crisis to derail their season.
“I started every game, but work commitments and travelling for football were killing me during the week,” said the 27-year-old former Walsham-le-Willows man. “It’s going to be a tough season for Bury — I feel a bit sorry for Ben (Chenery) because, with the budget he’s got, he can only do so much.
“I think they will be fine, but if they get a couple of injuries to that squad they will struggle.”
Holder’s final appearance for the Blues came in a 4-1 defeat at Met Police on Saturday.
Bury — buoyed by the previous Tuesday’s triumph over Billericay Town — took a seventh-minute lead when Connor Hall headed Joe Whight’s corner home to break the Blues’ scoring duck on the road this season.
Police equalised 23 minutes in and netted three more goals before the hour-mark — one from Ricardo Joseph and two from Michael Charles — to put the game out of Bury’s reach.
Bury stretched their winless run on the road to eight matches this season when they were beaten 2-0 by promotion hopefuls Grays Athletic on Wednesday.
Former Needham Market striker Jamie Guy took advantage of Marcus Garnham’s miscued clearance to slide Grays in front and Freddie Lapado steered home Glen Little’s pass in stoppage time to make the game safe.
That result left Bury back in the relegation zone, one place and one point from safety ahead of an early-season six-pointer against Peacehaven and Telscombe at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm).
Peacehaven won the reverse fixture 1-0 on September 6.
The Blues take their woeful away record to high-flying Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Bury Town SuperDraw week 17 results: £1,000 P Bunyan; £150 B Hockley; £100 Y Creed; £75 D Hollinshead; £50 A Cartwright, D Terry; £25 P Ward, M Jones, B Parsons, E Grant. Birth date drawn today: 17/09/15. There were no winners, so next week’s prize will be £400.