Marathon man Coulson ready for quick-fire test

Mark Coulson
Mark Coulson

Bury Town ever-present Mark Coulson is preparing for a gruelling schedule of three crucial Ryman Premier matches in six days.

An injury-hit campaign has blighted the Blues’ campaign, but they still hold realistic hopes of reaching the play-offs for the third season in a row.

Coulson, the only Bury player to feature in every minute of all 45 of their fixtures so far this term, does not plan on running out of steam as the season reaches its crescendo.

“This season I felt I needed to get myself in the best shape possible through the summer and keep it up all the way through the campaign,” said the 27-year-old left-back. “I feel fitter and don’t ache so much after games. I’m also happy with the way I’ve played — I feel I’ve been consistent.”

Coulson, who played in the Football League for Peterborough United before dropping into non-League, should line up at the back for the 46th match in a row this season when Bury welcome Enfield Town to Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm).

Two days later, on Easter Monday (3pm), the Blues travel to Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town, before ending their run of three games in six days at home to Cray Wanderers on Wednesday (7.45pm).

“We are in there to cause upsets now and the more we can cause will give us a better chance of reaching the play-offs,” said Coulson, with six of Bury’s 10 remaining games against promotion chasers.

The first of those is at Lowestoft on Monday and more fireworks can be expected with 16 goals and four red cards having been dished up in the four meetings between the teams last season.

“There’s a huge rivalry between the two clubs and it’s never a dull game,” added Coulson, who will also face Lowestoft in the Suffolk Premier Cup final after John Sands’ brace defeated Leiston 2-1 in last Thursday’s semi-final.

Although Bury lost midfielder Luke Ingram to AFC Sudbury this week, Bury have secured a deal for Warren Whitely for the rest of the season following an impressive spell on loan from Chelmsford City.

“It’s a bit disappointing Luke’s gone with another month of the season left,” said Bury manager Wilkins. “He’ll probably go over to Sudbury and be their best player.”

John Kennedy broke his nose in training last Thursday and will miss another week.