ROSS Wilding admitted his side’s win over Long Melford on Monday came as ‘ a big relief’ to his Team Bury side.
The young Blues had slumped to the bottom of the Ridgeons League First Division table during a run of just two league games in two-and-a-half months.
But they were replaced at the foot of the standings by Stowmarket Town on Saturday and lifted themselves another two places thanks to Adam Burroughs’ stunning free-kick in the 1-0 defeat of Melford on Monday.
“It was a big relief after a tough couple of weeks,” said boss Wilding, whose side were dumped out of the Suffolk Senior Cup at the hands of Suffolk and Ipswich League strugglers Felixstowe United on Saturday.
“The lads were devastated to lose on Saturday, but it was a fantastic reaction on Monday night and it was very important to get that win.
“The boys worked so hard and they showed they were really hurting from the loss on Saturday in the way they played with passion and desire.”
The loss to Felixstowe means Team Bury will not repeat their Suffolk Senior Cup triumph of two seasons ago in a tempestuous affair on the east coast.
Burroughs put Team Bury ahead in the first half, but a penalty and series of controversial decisions after the break led to their exit, with Ryan Clark receiving his marching orders as the match finished 10 men apiece, but 3-1 in the home side’s favour.
However, they responded on Monday thanks to Burroughs’ long-range free-kick five minutes from time to earn them three much-needed points against Melford.
Their next task is a trip to Debenham LC tomorrow (3pm) before hosting Fakenham Town on December 10.
Wilding added: “Because the confidence levels are so fragile we are taking it one game at a time, but Debenham and Fakenham are around us in the league and we should be looking to get points from them.”
Dan Hitching could return from a broken cheekbone, but Connor Hall (ankle) and Sam Peters (broken arm) are still expected to be missing.
Callum Kearns will be in the squad.