TEAM Bury manager Ross Wilding hopes the injuries his team has suffered to key personnel in the first half of the season could have helped develop the younger players in his squad develop more quickly.
Daniel Hitching, Connor Hall and Sam Peters have been among those who have spent large parts of the season on the sidelines, meaning the likes of Evan Key, Ryan Taylor, Liam Wales and Ricardo Ripa have had a taste of action in the Ridgeons League First Division.
Taylor came off the bench to bag a brace against Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday, but the Blues’ defensive problems continued to persist as they lost 5-3 to their high-flying hosts.
“The silver lining is that perhaps the younger lads are further down the line in terms of their development than they would have been,” said Wilding, whose side have now conceded three of more goals in each of seven of their last eight games.
“We are really looking forward to next year when we can have a good run and hopefully progress in the First Division Knockout Cup.”
Although Bury started well, they found themselves 2-0 down before fighting back through Adam Burroughs’ deft lob from the edge of the penalty area and Taylor’s brace.
However, Godmanchester levelled at 3-3 to draain the confidence from the Blues and struck twice more.
n Team Bury’s next match is at Stowmarket Town on January 2, 2012 (3pm).