Football: Debut for Cambridge

Summer signing Ian Cambridge is poised to make his home debut for Bury Town FC tonight, against Championship side Ipswich Town (k.o 7.45pm).

The powerful striker signed from Nationwide Conference outfit Histon last month, but has since spent much of pre-season struggling with a knee injury.

The 32-year-old featured in Bury's 2-1 friendly victory at Newmarket Town on Monday night and team manager Richard Wilkins believes he is ready to show Bury supporters what he can do.

"Injury permitting, Ian will start against Ipswich. He has a great deal to offer this football club, not only in the Ryman League but against professional opposition like Ipswich as well."

However, the Ram-Meadow-based side will be without fellow frontmen Steve Bugg and James Tatham, who are both away on holiday. Sam Reed is also doubtful with a thigh problem.

"Apart from being a bit light up front, I intend to play the first team for much of the 90 minutes," said Wilkins, who managed the club to a memorable 1-0 win over Ipswich in a similar pre-season friendly last year.

"It is a great opportunity for our players to compete against a professional side, in front of what will be a large crowd."

The match will mark the return of former Bury Town captain Ian Miller. The 6ft 4in defender joined the Portman-Road-based club at the start of last season, and finally made his first team debut in March against Plymouth Argyle.

The 23-year-old sealed a four- month loan deal with League Two side Doncaster Rovers this week, but has delayed his move north until after tonight's game – in which he is expected to captain the visitors.

The Football League side, who are expected to field a strong side, go into the game in fine form after defeating Crawley Town 5-1 on Tuesday night and manager Jim Magilton is looking forward to his side's short trip west.

"Bury Town have made our club very welcome in the past and we are looking forward to going back for a competitive game of football, as we look to continue our build-up to the new season," he said.

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* Bury Town will travel to Wingate & Finchley for their opening fixture of the Ryman League season on August 18.

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