Tom relishing Coker’s return

BURY Town captain Tom Bullard is looking forward to coming face-to-face with Ben Coker once again when npower League One outfit Colchester United visit Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm), writes Derek Bish.

Coker left Bury last summer to join the U’s and impressed in his debut season as a professional, which culminated in him being crowned the Weston Home Community Stadium outfit’s Young Player of the Year.

And Bullard, who netted in the Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Ipswich Town on Wednesday night, is expecting a tough test from Coker and Colchester.

“It will be a good run-out for us and it will be good to see Ben – I’m sure he will get plenty of banter,” said Bullard, whose side began their pre-season campaign with victories over Newmarket Town and Wootton Bassett on Friday and Saturday respectively.

“Pre-season is going well,” he added. “A few new players have come in and the squad is looking good.”

Meanwhile, Blues’ boss Richard Wilkins is set to make a decision on the future of five trialists within the next couple of weeks.

Experienced ex-Wycombe Wanderers striker Roy Essandoh – who has been on holiday since scoring in the 3-1 defeat of Newmarket on Friday – along with youngsters Richard Robbins, Jack Cawley, Connor Scurlock and Darryl Coakley have been with the Blues during pre-season.

Speaking about Essandoh, Wilkins said: “He’s a smashing lad. I’m not sure he could play in our system with just one up top and one off the front man, but he might be an impact player.”

Meanwhile, the club are in talks with James Scowcroft over whether or not to extend his pay-as-you-play deal, but Neil Andrews will sit out the start of the season and decide in the autumn if he wishes to return to playing.

n Bury also travel to Dereham on Wednesday (7.45pm).