O’SULLIVAN BURY’S NEW NUMBER ONE

BIG CHANCE: Neil O'Sullivan, who is set to start his first Saturday match for Bury Town
BIG CHANCE: Neil O'Sullivan, who is set to start his first Saturday match for Bury Town
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After taking over the number one jersey in Nick Punter’s absence on Tuesday, Bury Town boss Ben Chenery has said it is now Neil O’Sullivan’s to lose.

The ex-Histon Under-21s stopper, who like Punter arrived in the summer after playing college football in the USA, made a costly error that denied Bury all three points on his debut league outing, a 1-1 draw at Wroxham last Tuesday.

But with Punter’s new work commitments again seeing him unable to play mid-week, O’Sullivan got another chance to impress, and duly did so as the Blues maintained their status as the only Ryman League Division One North side with an unbeaten record after a 1-1 draw at Dereham Town.

“He did well on Tuesday and Neil will be playing Saturday,” said Chenery.

“He has the shirt now and is our number one.

“Nick knows that if he is unavailable Neil takes it and it is then his to lose.”

After making hard work of their FA Cup tie with lower-league Cockfosters on Saturday, coming from behind to win 2-1 through a Justin Miller brace, the Blues chief was much happier with Tuesday’s display, if not the result.

“We totally controlled the game but we didn’t finish them off, he said following a 93rd minute penalty conceded by Phil Weavers, who was officially named captain before Saturday’s cup game.

“I had wanted to make sure it was not too much to put on his shoulders but he has done well and is someone the fans respect and he will make a good captain,” said Chenery of the converted centre-half.

And 34-year-old defender Miller has also backed him.

“He’s a good character and very likeable. He gives you everything and I don’t think we could have chosen a better skipper,” he said.

Bury (6th) go into tomorrow’s game with winless bottom side Haringey Borough (3pm) with Chenery warning they cannot afford to let their performance drop.

The Blues then host current ninth-place side Cheshunt on Tuesday (7.45pm).