RIGHT-BACK Russell Short wants to work his way on to the scoresheet more after bagging an early goal-of-the-season contender in Bury Town’s opening day win at Horsham, writes Derek Bish.
Short’s left-footed dipping volley from 25 yards to open the scoring at Gorings Mead was his first strike for the Blues since netting in a 1-1 draw at Malvern Town in April 2009.
However, he is keen not to wait so long again for his next goal.
“I don’t score that many, but when they come along, they are not too bad,” said Short. “A lot of the lads were saying it was a cross, but it was definitely a shot.
“First and foremost, as a defender, it is about keeping a clean sheet, but to score is always nice.
“We all did well at Horsham — it was a good start to the season. On a personal level, I was very happy with how I played.”
However, the Blues endured a much less happy time on Tuesday when going down 1-0 to Hendon at Ram Meadow, but the full-back insisted everyone remains positive.
“We should be winning games like that at home,” he said. “But at the end of the day, it’s only the second game and everyone is still positive and looking to push for promotion.”
Short, who has only recently returned to action from a hernia injury, also knows he must maintain a high level of play to fend off Elliot Hunter, who has been pushing him extremely hard for a place in the starting line-up.
“Competition for places keeps you on your toes and makes sure you are on top of your game every game,” he said. “If you are not, you know there is someone ready to come in because our bench would probably start in most other teams in the league.”
n Meanwhile, captain Tom Bullard hopes to be able to make his first appearance of the season when Bury host Hastings United tomorrow (3pm).
The defender has been struggling with an ankle knock picked up in a pre-season match at Leiston on August 13, but is now raring to go.
“You train all pre-season and get yourself fit to be involved, so it’s been very frustrating to be injured,” said Bullard. “When you are in the stand you can’t really have much influence on the game.
“We’ve got to make sure we put Tuesday night right by winning tomorrow — we have to make Ram Meadow a fortress.”