SAM Reed is determined not to make the same mistakes twice when Bury Town travel to relegated Tooting and Mitcham United for their final Ryman League Premier Division fixture tomorrow (3pm).
Due to their superior goal difference, the Blues realistically need a point to earn their place in the end-of-season promotion play-offs.
Bury could only draw at strugglers Malvern in similar circumstances when missing out on the Southern League Division One Central play-offs three seasons ago.
“We went with the wrong attitude that day and got punished for it,” he said.
“We know exactly what’s got to be done and, although an early goal would be nice, we won’t start to panic at any point during the game.
“The table says we should win quite comfortably and although we are expecting to win because we have the quality to do so, we won’t expect to win and will play with the right attitude.”
The Blues went on to win the Southern League Division One Central title the following season before losing in last season’s Ryman Premier play-off semi-final to Lowestoft Town.
“Everyone’s had that pain and know what it’s like to lose – we don’t want to go through that again,” said Reed, who should take the skipper’s armband in the absence of captain Tom Bullard.
He added: “Last year was our first at this level so to get to the play-offs was a bonus, but now we’ve been there and done it everyone would like to get promotion.”
Reed – who will sport a new blonde look with goalkeeper Marcus Garnham tomorrow after losing a bet with their team-mates – also admitted it would be an ‘honour’ to lead Bury into battle in the play-offs.
He said: “I like to lead by example and hopefully that will spread through the team and drive them on.”
Looking ahead to Wednesday’s Ryman Premier play-off semi-finals, Bury would travel to AFC Hornchurch or Lowestoft Town should they qualify at Tooting.
“We’ve lost to Lowestoft twice in the league this year and beaten Hornchurch twice,” added the 24-year-old striker. “The local derbies are always fiery encounters, but we are not scared of anyone.”