Bury Town’s Ben Chenery is hoping the fans who made Tuesday their best attended league game this season will give them another chance in a game he feels his players need little motivation for.
Tomorrow the Blues will be looking to bounce back from their mid-week disappointment — which saw their bubble burst with a 1-0 defeat to mid-table Brightlingsea Regent after sticking five past Romford at Ram Meadow just three days earlier — with victory over Kings Langely in the FA Trophy (3pm).
The first qualifying round match has the carrot of a £2,700 pay cheque waiting for the winner, but it is the prestige of the competition, which ends at Wembley in a showpiece final and gives the chance to pull off a non-League giant killing, which Chenery says will be the motivating factor for his side.
“We have been good this year at bouncing back. It is a big game and one which we hope to have a few players back for and one which we shouldn’t need to motivate people to play in,” he said.
“It is a big cup competition and we’ll be ready for it. They are a good side and it will be a tough game.
“If you get to this stage in the FA Trophy they are all big tough games.”
Despite it being the third game at Ram Meadow in the space of seven days, he hopes the occasion will draw another big crowd through the gate to spur their local side to victory.
“On Tuesday we huffed and puffed, let’s make no bones about it, but we have certainly given crowds some great performances here this season after they went through 20 bad performances last season,” he said.
“Fans have got to be pleased with the way we’ve been playing and of course we want those extra people who came down Tuesday to come back on Saturday.
“We’ve come back off a 5-1 win and not played so well on Tuesday and we’ll come back again Saturday.
“They are honest boys and if they were able to put in the same high performances every week they wouldn’t be at this level playing for Bury Town Football Club, that’s for sure.
“We have some good lads here and they will get better and better, but they will make mistakes and we will work with what we’ve got.”
Striker Ollie Hughes (hamstring) and experienced defender or midfielder Justin Miller (knock) are both doubts for the clash.
Goalkeeper Nick Punter, who had lost his place to Neil O’Sullivan after not being able to make a second consecutive midweek game, has gone on loan to lower league Stanway Rovers.
Ace Howell, the former Needham Market academy product who was with Ipswich Town’s academy at the end of last season, has not been in the most recent squads, but Chenery has said he remains a Bury player.
“Ace is not playing football at the moment. He is getting himself ready to play football. He is still signed as a Bury Town player,” he said.
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