Imminent signing to solve striker shortage

CHANCE TO IMPRESS: Phil Weavers is one of a number of young Bury Town players who have been promoted from within to the first team this season
CHANCE TO IMPRESS: Phil Weavers is one of a number of young Bury Town players who have been promoted from within to the first team this season
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Ben Chenery is confident of adding a forward to his squad imminently as he looks to rectify the lack of firepower among Bury Town’s ranks.

A goalless draw against newly-promoted Witham Town on Tuesday saw the Blues fail to find the net for the second successive match, following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hendon.

Summer signings Jack Brame (cheekbone) and Remi Garrett (travelling) are still likely to be unavailable, while Hungarian striker Julian Bartos remains on trial with the club, leaving Ryan Taylor still as the only fit forward ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Enfield Town (3pm).

But despite conceding his frustration at the current lack of depth at his disposal, Bury boss Chenery, whose side also travel to Wingate and Finchley on Tuesday evening (7.45pm, revealed the club are close to adding new recruits.

“We’re close on a couple more players and we could have two new faces ahead of Saturday,” he said.

“I’m under no illusions, I know what we need to do and I’m working on that. However, I know we have to look at players from within rather than spending beyond our means.

“It has been frustrating with the lack of personnel but that is the situation, we will get it right, I’m in no doubt.

“There is a lot going on behind the scenes and it is going to be one of those situations where I’m going to have four strikers at once and that will be good for us.”

However, despite the issues that currently face the manager, he is still relishing the challenge ahead of him as he remains adamant about giving his young players the chance to shine.

“The future is very bright and I’m relishing the challenge ahead,” he added.

“I know it is going to be tough but these lads have got something and I can work with that.

“We have to stick with the young players because I have faith in them and believe they are capable of doing it.

“You have got to start somewhere and give these youngsters a chance.

“You have to give them that real game experience and give them a baptism of fire.

“The start to the season is pretty much what I expected, we’ve got a group of lads, some whom are not experienced at Ryman League level, and we will have to be mindful of that.

“Judge us in the coming months because I’m confident we can be competitive this year.

“Players are fragile commodities. It was important to get that first point on the board, it gives us something to build on and I’m confident we can grow from here.”

n Bury are set to have a reunion with former manager Richard Wilkins and captain Tom Bullard after the holders drew Leiston away in the in the first round of this season’s Suffolk Premier Cup on October 14 (7.45pm).

Bury also face an away trip in the Robert Dyas Ryman League Cup, where they will face neighbours AFC Sudbury on October 10.