rough ride for sands

DERBY DATE: John Sands (blue) in action in last month's reverse fixture with Leiston
DERBY DATE: John Sands (blue) in action in last month's reverse fixture with Leiston
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John Sands could be in for a tough afternoon when Bury Town travel to Leiston for their Ryman Premier Suffolk derby tomorrow (3pm).

The Blues’ top scorer had to be dealt with internally by the Ram Meadow-based outfit after his reaction to the controversial sending off of Leiston’s Michael Brothers in last month’s reverse fixture that ended in a 3-3 draw.

Sands jumped up and laughed after Brothers’ red card for violent conduct, which will rule the latter out of tomorrow’s match, while the ex-Mildenhall striker will look to add to the 15 goals he has scored so far this season.

“It was a derby game and tempers were running very high, but John showed some naivety,” said Bury’s assistant-manager Ben Chenery. “It’s inevitable he will get a bit of stick and he will have to deal with that.

“It’s all been dealt with now, he will go out there and play knowing the best way to silence those critics is by scoring goals.”

Sands took a while to get going this season, but has hit top form over the last six weeks, netting eight times in the Blues’ last seven games.

Bury, who also continue their bid to reach a third consecutive Suffolk Premier Cup final when hosting Kirkley and Pakefield on Tuesday (7.45pm), welcome Sam Nunn back from suspension for tomorrow’s match, while Craig Parker (groin) could be in line for a start after coming off the bench in the 3-2 win at Enfield Town on New Year’s Day.

Connor Hall (knee) is set to see his consultant again soon, while Elliot Hunter, Callum Kearns (both knee) and Billy Clark (broken ankle) remain long-term absentees.