Bury Town’s season sunk to such a new low on Wednesday that even ultra-positive manager Ben Chenery’s belief appears to be slipping.
The Blues’ boss saw his side suffer a host of injuries and their equal heaviest defeat of the campaign as they went down 4-0 at Leatherhead on Wednesday — four days after an encouraging fightback at play-off-chasing East Thurrock United to draw 1-1.
For the first time this season, Bury are more points adrift of safety than they have games remaining, and Chenery knows raising spirits around Ram Meadow is tough right now.
“We have to give something for the fans to shout about,” he said, ahead of hosting relegation rivals AFC Hornchurch tomorrow (3pm). “If you are going to go out, go out all guns blazing.”
Bury’s woeful Wednesday began early when striker Chris Benjamin was ruled out after dropping a weight on his foot at the gym.
Things got worse as defenders Justin Miller and Tevan Allen pulled out unwell within an hour of kick-off.
Russell Short was taken to hospital during the first half to have four stitches in his face and new loan signing Michael Bakare — who netted a debut equaliser at East Thurrock on Saturday — limped off late on with a hamstring problem.
Add to that four Leatherhead goals and Chenery — who was still publicly optimistic about the Suffolk side’s survival chances last week, despite just four wins all season — was wondering what else could have happened.
“Whatever could go wrong at this football club goes wrong at the moment,” he said.
Supporters have feared the worst for some time, but fan Phil Kirk (@philk282) — writing on social media site Twitter — believes they can rebuild in Ryman One North.
He said: “I think things are pretty much in place with Team Bury providing a starting point for younger players.
“Dropping to step four, the gap won’t be so great and hopefully these youngsters will be given a run in the side and a chance to develop away from the cut and thrust of the Ryman Premier, which is a pretty unforgiving league.”
Meanwhile, Joe Whight — who joined Bury in a blaze of glory from Ipswich Town two summers ago — has ended an underwhelming spell at the Ryman Premier’s bottom club to move to Ryman One North title-chasers Needham Market on Friday.
“Things weren’t going quite as I hoped in what has been a tough season,” said Whight — whose new side overcame Aveley 3-0 on his debut Saturday, thanks to a brace from Sam Newson and an own goal. “I left with no hard no feelings and I hope Bury stay up, but I needed a fresh start and all my focus now is helping Needham go up.”
The Marketmen visit Redbridge tomorrow (3pm) and Tilbury on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Bury Town Football Club SuperDraw week 39 results: £1,000 D Gwilt; £150 F Harley; £100 R Town; £75 M Bell; £50 A Hopkinson, Mrs Breakwell; £25 K W Evans, P John, J Alcock, B Pinkett. The birth date drawn was 26/07/63, which was matched by A Charlton, who won £200. Next week’s jackpot: £100.