Starting XI could remain the same

BURY Town could name the same starting line-up for the fifth successive match of the season, should veteran defender Roscoe Hipperson recover from a knee problem picked up at Billericay Town on Monday, writes Derek Bish.

The Blues — currently the top scorers in the Ryman Premier — travel to Wealdstone tomorrow (3pm) for their second away game in the space of six days and will be looking to move back into the play-off zone.

And manager Richard Wilkins admitted his side were still searching for the perfect balance between attack and defence.

“There is a fine line between expansive attacking football and having a very hard undercurrent that stops the opposition scoring,” said the Blues’ boss. “Clean sheets are great from a manager’s point of view because it means the team is defending well as a whole.

“But we want to play an expansive attacking game — we just have to find that happy medium.”

Bury thrashed Hastings United on Saturday before getting among the goals again in a dramatic match at New Lodge on Monday.

“In a strange and weird way, both managers felt it was two points dropped, but also both felt we could have lost the game,” added Wilkins.

Danny Cunningham serves the last match of his suspension tomorrow, while James Scowcroft (groin) and Callum Kearns (cruciate ligament) remain sidelined.

Roy Essandoh (hamstring) could return to the squad, while skipper Tom Bullard may have to settle for a place on the bench as he continues to regain match fitness following a pre-season injury. Bury (from): Bullard, Coulson, Essandoh, Garnham, Hipperson, Hunter, Ingram, Kennedy, Leabon, Nunn, Nurse, L Reed, S Reed, Robbins, Short, L Smith, S Smith.