Premier Cup final team news: Skipper set to play through pain

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Bury Town captain Tom Bullard is set to play through the pain barrier in tonight’s Suffolk Premier Cup final against Felixstowe and Walton United.

The Ryman League Premier Division Blues — who are looking to retain the trophy — take on a Felixstowe side who play two level below them in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

Bullard was forced off the pitch less than 20 minutes into Bury’s final league match of the season— a 4-2 defeat at Thamesmead Town on Saturday — with a suspected broken nose, but is ready to go into battle one last time this season.

“I don’t think it’s broken, so I’m going to play and then get it checked out — the doctors can’t do anything for two weeks anyway,” said Bullard, who will lead his side out at AFC Sudbury’s The MEL Group Stadium tonight (7.30pm). “It’s only one more game.”

Goalkeeper Marcus Garnham was struggling with a back problem on Saturday, but has improved since then and is set to play a part, while Joe Whight should be okay despite suffering a knock to his ankle.

There is less positive news with regards to Jordan Patrick and John Kennedy (both calf), who may not be able to play a full part in the game.

Popular defender Russell Short will turn out for Bury as the Blues retained his registration, but striker Shane Tolley has been refused permission to play by St Neots Town, who have the Hunts Senior Cup final to look forward to on Friday and want to keep him fit.

That means Australian teenager Anthony Roulston is set to lead the line, but boosted his confidence with two goals against Thamesmead on Saturday.

Reflecting on Short’s one-off return to Bury, Bullard added: “I begged him really!

“He texted me and I told him I didn’t think any of the lads would have a problem with him coming back.”