Town target winning run

TOP SCORER: Danny Cunningham now has 12 goals and 12 yellow cards this season
TOP SCORER: Danny Cunningham now has 12 goals and 12 yellow cards this season

BURY Town are targeting a run of wins to push them right into the Ryman League Premier Division play-off picture, writes Derek Bish.

The Blues have started 2012 with two wins and a draw in all competitions and hope to progress up the table and into their second cup semi-final of the season within the next five days.

Richard Wilkins’ men visit Concord Rangers in the league tomorrow (3pm) before making the long trip to Hastings United in the Alan Boon Ryman League Cup last eight on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“Concord away is a difficult game,” said Wilkins. “We drew 2-2 there last season and before they lost to Margate on Saturday, they hadn’t lost for six games.

“All-in-all, if we can get something from Saturday’s game to keep us ticking over, it would be good.

“We’re still in there, there’s plenty of games to go and people who say you can’t do this and you can’t do that are wrong.

“There’s no reason why we can’t get to the play-offs still. We’re in an all right position, even if we are eight points short of where we should have been.

“We seem to be on a bit of a run at the moment and long may it continue.”

Tom Bullard and Craig Nurse are suspended for both matches this week following their red cards at Lowestoft Town on Boxing Day, while Wayne Brown (calf/illness), Elliot Hunter (knee) remain out through injury.

Roscoe Hipperson (hamstring) continues to struggle so Lee Smith could feature at centre-half, as he did during the second half of Tuesday’s win over Needham Market.

Kieran Leabon has an outside chance of being available for tomorrow’s clash, while Danny Cunningham is set for a two-match suspension — starting at home to AFC Hornchurch on January 21 — after surpassing 10 yellow cards for the season.

Bury (from): B Clark, R Clark, Coulson, Cunningham, Garnham, Hall, Hipperson, Hitching, Ingram, Kearns, Kennedy, Leabon,Nunn, L Reed, S Reed, Sands, Short, Smith.