Richard Wilkins believes Bury Town’s can only salvage their bid for the Ryman Premier play-offs by taking six points from Wealdstone this week.
The Blues’ 2-0 home loss to Cray Wanderers on Wednesday — following Easter Monday’s derby day defeat at Lowestoft Town — left them seven points adrift of the top five with just seven matches remaining.
With the next two games of that run-in against second-placed Wealdstone, Wilkins knows his side must defy the odds to keep their fading hopes of reaching the play-offs alive.
“We’ve got about a 10 per cent chance of making the play-offs considering the amount of teams we’ve got to play who are above us in the league,” he said. “We’ve got to get six points from Wealdstone — if we don’t win on Saturday then we have absolutely no chance.
“It’s going to be a tough one because they will be better than Cray.”
Bury’s dismal home record — only the 13th best in the Ryman Premier, while their away record would place them third — reared its ugly head at Ram Meadow again on Wednesday night in front of just 235 supporters as the Blues lost to Cray.
Defensive errors and missed chances cost the Blues, who also had captain Tom Bullard sent off early in the second half for bringing down Leigh Bremner when he was through on goal.
“We’ve had enough chances to have won the game and we haven’t taken them,” said Wilkins. “It’s a poor result and a poor performance individually and collectively — there were only two or three players who actually stood out.
“We should have been absolutely blasting them — it should have been a 4-0 or 5-0 victory to take momentum into Saturday.”
Bury also lacked positivity on Easter Monday and the Blues’ boss urged his players to step up to the plate and take games by the scruff of their neck.
“I’m always telling people that they have to be accountable for bad performances,” added Wilkins. “I’ve got to be accountable, stand here and talk to the press, but I won’t slag individuals off, I’ll slag us all off because we are all in it together.
“But they are the boys who cross the white line and I really don’t understand the missed chances.”
Bury’s home game with Wealdstone is tomorrow (3pm) before the reverse fixture on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Warren Whitely (groin) is doubtful after missing the games against Lowestoft and Cray, but Sam Nunn could return after a virus consigned him to the bench on Monday and work commitments kept him out on Wednesday.
Billy Clark (broken ankle) and Callum Kearns (knee) remain long-term absentees.