Essandoh aiming to impress the Blues

HARDWICK HEATH: Bury Town back in training.''Pictured; Roy Essandoh
HARDWICK HEATH: Bury Town back in training.''Pictured; Roy Essandoh
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Former Wycombe Wanderers FA Cup hero Roy Essandoh is training with Bury Town with a view to signing for the Ryman Premier Division outfit.

Essandoh memorably shot to fame back in 2001 when he went on to secure an FA Cup semi-final appearance at the expense of Leicester City by scoring a last-minute goal after coming on as a late substitute. But he only featured after his agent responded to an appeal on Ceefax by then Wycombe Wanderers manager Lawrie Sanchez for a striker.

After leaving Wycombe, the striker featured for a number of Football League clubs and Wilkins is now taking the opportunity to take a good look at the striker.

He said: “Roy is training with us. He is very professional and has got experience at playing at a higher level, we will see if an offer would be right for both parties and if so there is room in the squad for the addition.”

As well as kicking off the pre-season campaign with games against Newmarket Town (7.45pm) and Wooton Bassett Town (3pm) tonight and tomorrow afternoon respectively, the Blues are hoping for a bumper crowd when Paul Jewell brings Championship side Ipswich Town to Ram Meadow on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Wilkins said: “It is always great to play opposition such as Ipswich Town. It is great from the fans point of view because there will be an opportunity to possibly see all of their and our new players for the first time. We gave them a good test last year and if it is the first team who come down then it will help bring in the crowd and will be a fantastic game for both sides.”

Meanwhile, the FA Cup draw has been made and Bury will welcome either Woodbridge Town or Gorleston or Harlow Town to Ram Meadow on Saturday, September 17, in the first qualifying round. They also kick off their Ryman Premier Divsion campaign with a trip to Horsham on Saturday, August 20, after the fixtures were released this week.