New signings to boost Blues

NEW ADDITION: Luke Hammond (right)  in action for Needham
NEW ADDITION: Luke Hammond (right) in action for Needham

Bury Town could be boosted by four new players when they host Margate tomorrow (3pm) as boss Ben Chenery looks to shake things up.

With powerful former Northampton Town striker Joe Benjamin and Needham Market’s experienced midfielder Luke Hammond confirmed yesterday, ahead of two unnamed players being set to train last night, the Blues boss is hoping the new faces can help pull his side out of a run of four straight defeats.

A 2-1 reverse against Paceheaven and Telscombe on Saturday was followed by a 3-0 defeat at Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday, to leave Bury in the bottom four ahead of hosting second-placed Margate at Ram Meadow.

But Chenery is not panicking.

“I am not concerned, I have been a professional footballer and involved in the game for many years and have been on bad runs,” he said.

“There will be at least two new faces in the team Saturday and that will give us that impetus again.

“Football is tough and life is tough and we have been a bit unlucky but my job now is to make sure we have the right characters on the pitch and identify the ones who cannot do it.”

He revealed they beat off competition for both 23-year-old Benjamin, released by Grays Athletic nine days ago after failing to score in seven appearances having registered just four in 25 games for Billericay Town last season, and 30-year-old Hammond, who has played in Bury’s division with Leiston.

“ Joe will bring strength, power and a goalscoring threat,” said Chenery.

“He will give us a lot more directness at the front and an end product to what we are trying to do.

“Luke will give us a calming influence in the middle of the park.

“He reads the game very well and provides leadership.”

Chenery felt his side performed well on Saturday, but was left frustrated at a failure to provide a killer blow in front of goal.

But he was left pulling his hair out after conceding three goals in the first half on Tuesday.

“The players did not stick to our game plan and you have got to keep your heads when you go 1-0 down,” he said.

Ahead of a week which also sees Bury travelling to bitter rivals AFC Sudbury on Tuesday in the Robert Dyas Isthmian League Cup first round on Tuesday (7.45pm), Callum Bennett remains unavailable, while captain Seb Dunbar (hamstring) is set to be out for a further two weeks and Justin Miller’s (Achilles) absence will be longer.

But Phil Weavers is set to return after playing for Team Bury on Wednesday.