Bury Town manager Richard Wilkins may have seen his side extend their losing run in the Ryman League Premier Division to four matches on Saturday, but insisted he had plenty to be happy about still.
The Blues have slipped right off the pace in the division on the back of their dreadful run, with their 3-1 loss at Met Police compounding their recent misery.
But after going close on several occasions against the Surrey-based outfit, Wilkins hopes his charges will soon turn the corner.
“That was probably the best 45 minutes we have played all season — I couldn’t fault the lads,” said the Blues’ boss, who started with Connor Hall for the first time since the youngster suffered a knee injury in November.
Meanwhile, long-term knee injury victim Elliot Hunter — who had not played for Bury since October 2011 — came off the bench for 14 minutes of action.
With Lee Reed (hernia) closing in on a return to action and Billy Clark (broken ankle) soon to resume light training, Wilkins is hopeful of putting a run together towards the end of the season.
Bury visit Wingate and Finchley on Saturday (3pm) before hosting Hendon on Tuesday (7.45pm).
“We’ve got to keep believing,” said Wilkins. “No-one has thrown the towel in. “On Saturday I couldn’t have wished for a better performance, but we just didn’t get the result.”
Hunter may go with Team Bury for more minutes on Saturday, while right-back Russell Short will be back to join the returning Craig Parker — who Bury secured until the end of the season this week — in the squad, probably in the starting line-up.
The Blues have also released Allicion Blake.