Teenage Bury striker out to maintain stunning start

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Pictured: Nick Ingram ANL-160221-184838009
FOOTBALL - Bury Town v Cray Wanderers Pictured: Nick Ingram ANL-160221-184838009

Ipswich Town’s loss is set to be Bury Town’s gain as Nick Ingram looks to maintain his eye catching start to life at Ram Meadow.

The 18-year-old striker has four goals in his last five games since joining Bury on a youth loan last month, but was hit by the news he was being released from an injury hit spell at the county’s only professional team a week ago.

Far from sulking over what might have been at Portman Road though, he has expressed his determination to help fire Bury to an unlikely play-off spot, with the eighth-placed Blues having to now make up an 11 point gap over just 11 games (one in hand) after only taking three points from their last four games.

“I’ve settled in well and have been scoring goals. I’ve formed a great partnership with Josh Mayhew; our understanding together is unbelievable,” said Ingram ahead of travelling to Maldon & Tiptree (12th) tomorrow (3pm).

“I’ve been on loan here two months now and the team spirit in the changing room is the best I’ve seen in ages.

“I love it and I’m enjoying my time here.”

Ingram, the younger brother of Needham Market winger Luke Ingram, was released by the Tractor Boys last Friday, having originally been told he would be kept on until October after injury curtailed his game time.

“I was unfortunately let go by Ipswich Town on Friday,” said the teenager who along with Ollie Hughes scored to get a bare-bones side back to 2-2 against fourth-placed Thurrock on Tuesday, which ultimately ended in a 3-2 defeat to end Bury’s six-game unbeaten run.

“I’ll have a sit down and talk with my father to look at my options. My plan is to stay here for the rest of the season.

“I still think we are able to get in the play-offs. We’ve got 10 players missing but we’ve pushed a team higher than us right until the end.”

Bury manager Ben Chenery, who played in the Football League for Luton Town and Cambridge United, said of Ingram: “He’s a really thoughtful lad who is so hungry to do well,” Chenery said. “I think he’s got a bright future in the game.

“I just want to continue working with his development and hopefully push him on, and if I can get him back into a Football League club then great, if I can’t I’ll have him with me.”

n Needham Market go into tomorrow’s home game with play-off chasers Kingstonian (3pm) desperate for their first win in seven, following a 5-0 defeat at Ryman Premier leaders Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday which has left them just a place above the relegation zone.

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