Second successive victory boosts hopes of cup place

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TEAM Bury manager Ross Wilding has set his sights on a top 10 finish in the Ridgeons League First Division in order to secure qualification into next season’s FA Cup competition.

The Ram Meadow outfit moved into the all-important 10th spot on Tuesday night after second half goals from Adam Burroughs, Liam Wales and Dan Hitching cancelled out Steve Amoss’ first half opener to clinch a 3-1 home victory over Stowmarket, the hosts second consecutive win after 2-0 win over March Town on Saturday.

Next up is a trip to the SEH Sports Ground tomorrow to take on 13th place Ipswich Wanderers (3pm) and as well as warning his players against the threat of tomorrow’s opponents, Wilding outlined his desire to keep hold of their current position, with his side currently sitting above 11th-placed Swaffham on a superior goal difference.

“Obviously finishing in 10th place in the league is massive for us, there or above is where we want to be,” he said.

“Our aim is to keep pushing up the division and enable ourselves to have at least 10th position confirmed with games still to play.

“We have a lot of teams around us left to play but it will be a good for us to test ourselves and we will have to remain focused in those matches.

“Ipswich Wanderers have done well recently and they have changed their side since we last played them so it is difficult to know what to really expect.

“I believe they are good on the break and look to use a quick counter-attack so we will have to be on our guard defensively.”

As well as pushing for a top 10 league finish, Bury are gunning for cup glory as they host Cambridge University Press in a First Division Knockout Cup quarter-final encounter on Tuesday (7.45pm)

“The lads have a realistic chance of going on and winning something which would certainly raise a few eyebrows” added the manager.

“They are a very good side and we know it will be a tough match but if we can continue the way we are playing at the moment then we will be confident of progressing.”

n Bury Town’s Callum Clipstone will line up for Suffolk Under-16s against their Cambridgeshire counterparts at Haverhill Rovers on Sunday (2pm).

n Stowmarket will be looking to claim their first league victory since January when they travel to fourth-placed Halstead Town tomorrow (3pm)