While their play-off hopes may have faded, Ben Chenery has warned his Bury Town players that they are playing for their futures during the seven matches that remain of the season, writes Liam Apicella.
At the turn of the year, Chenery’s men were firmly in the promotion picture, but just three league victories in 2017 has ensured they will remain in the Ryman League Division One North next term.
However, although there may be very little to play for, Chenery has challenged his troops to prove they want to be at Ram Meadow when the 2017/18 campaign gets under way in August.
“We have set the lads an in-house target to reach in terms of points,” he said.
“They also have pride to play for, as well as their future at the club.
“You learn a lot about players in this situation because we cannot go up or down.
“But they have still got to be at it on the pitch and in training.
“If they are, that says a lot about their integrity and mind-set. Those are the type of players I want here.”
The Blues head to Romford tomorrow (3pm) on the back of a slender 1-0 defeat at table-topping Brightlingsea Regent last weekend.
Bury were positive during the first half and created a number of chances, but they could not convert any of those.
And they were duly punished in the 68th minute when the hosts scored the only goal of the game through Aaron Condon.
Bury: O’Sullivan, De’ath (Mayhew 76), White, Aitkens, Fenn, Clements, Bannister, Read, Hughes, Barber, Jolland
Fress Press Man of the Match: Bradley Barber
n Meanwhile, Chenery has confirmed that Ollie Fenn and Taylor Bannister have both agreed to extend their loan spells with Bury from Needham Market until the end of the season.
“Both of them have done really well for us since arriving and hopefully we can work with them beyond the end of the season,” said the boss.