BURY Town secured a triple signing of promising young talent this week when agreeing deals for three trialists.
Goalkeeper Richard Robbins, centre-half Jack Cawley and left-back Daryl Coakley have impressed during the close season at Ram Meadow and all three featured in the Blues’ marquee friendlies against Ipswich Town and Colchester United.
And assistant manager Richard Skelly believes all three could become valuable assets to Bury.
“They have shown a great attitude to play for us and in time they will learn more and gain more experience,” he said. “We are very happy they have agreed to sign for us.
“I thought against a strong Colchester side Jack Cawley did especially well. He’s still 18, but has a good future ahead of him and hopefully it will be with us.”
The Blues continue to run the rule over Roy Essandoh, Conor Scurlock and Curtley Williams – the latter is a product of the Ipswich Town youth system who has been with the Glenn Hoddle Academy in southern Spain.
However, they have lost the services of wideman Chris Henderson, who has agreed a switch across Suffolk to Lowestoft Town, a move Skelly has known to be on the cards for some time.
“It’s been leading up to this for a little while now,” he said. “He scored a few goals last year and when he was playing he was a real asset.
“But with the fact he doesn’t drive and lives in Lowestoft, it’s become a bit of a difficult situation.”
On the pitch, following back-to-back defeats to Football League opposition, Bury returned to winning ways with a 4-2 success at Ridgeons League Premier Division outfit Dereham Town on Wednesday night.
Former Cambridge United player Daryl Coakley celebrated securing a deal at Ram Meadow by putting the Blues in front before Tom Bullard netted.
Andy Cusack responded for the home side from the penalty spot after Elliot Hunter had tugged Sam Borrer’s shirt.
However, a superb diving header from Craig Nurse and Danny Cunningham’s fine strike stretched the Blues’ lead once more, before Borrer netted a late consolation goal for Dereham with a 35-yard free-kick.
The Blues tried out a 4-4-2 formation during the match, as opposed to their usual 4-3-3/4-5-1.
Skelly said: “Overall I was happy. The only issue at the moment is conceding goals.
“In a few games we’ve given away soft goals and switched off for 10 or 15 minutes towards the end of each half.
“I don’t think fitness is an issue because the lads seem pretty fit, but it’s an issue we will have to iron out before the season starts.”
n Bury travel to Kirkley and Pakefield on Tuesday (7.45pm) before hosting old rivals AFC Sudbury on Friday, August 5 (7.45pm).