by Derek Bish
BURY Town manager Richard Wilkins has urged his side to blow hot and cold — at the right moments.
The Blues’ boss witnessed his team go down to a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Hendon on Tuesday, a distinct lack of creativity and composure in front of goal costing them at least a point.
And Wilkins has now told them to find the fire in their belly to unlock defences, while showing a predatory coolness when chances present themselves.
“The creativity is there in the team, but most of the lads looked lacklustre — there wasn’t anybody who took the game on Tuesday by the scruff of the neck,” said the former Colchester United player. “We still had the opportunities to get something out of the game, but we weren’t cool enough and didn’t have the technique to do it, which is disappointing because we don’t often have blanks.
“We may not have deserved to win against Hendon — we have much more in the locker — but I don’t think we deserved to lose it.”
Bury have the chance to put things right and move up the Ryman League Premier Division table when they welcome Hastings United to Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm), before travelling south to Essex to take on Billericay Town on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).
“There are a few lads that need to raise their game,” added Wilkins. “We know they are good players, but we need a result against Hastings now — it’s important we get the three points.
“Hastings have rebuilt their squad and will be buoyed by their win at East Thurrock on Tuesday.”
Tom Bullard (ankle) could return to the squad, but experienced striker Roy Essandoh — who netted the final goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Horsham — is a major doubt after tweaking his hamstring on Tuesday.
James Scowcroft (groin), Callum Kearns (cruciate ligament) and Danny Cunningham (suspended) remain sidelined.
Bury (from): Bullard, Coulson, Essandoh, Garnham, Hipperson, Hunter, Ingram, Kennedy, Leabon, Nunn, Nurse, L Reed, S Reed, Robbins, Short, L Smith, S Smith.