The returning Craig Nurse has backed Bury Town to pull off the great escape and revealed they have set themselves a 21-point target to do it.
Nurse, who made his second debut for the Blues in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Margate, insists there is enough desire and quality to get them out of the Ryman League Premier Division’s bottom four over their final 13 matches of the season.
It has taken the Blues 33 matches to secure their first 21 points of the season, but Nurse believes they can replicate that over 13.
“If we can get 21 points, we will have a chance,” said Nurse. “We’ve got a few games against the top five teams, but most the games are against sides in and around us.”
Margate moved from third to second with victory over Bury on Saturday and the Ryman Premier’s new third-placed side, Dulwich Hamlet, are next up at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm).
And Nurse — who had spells with Needham Market and Mildenhall Town after leaving Ram Meadow in 2012 — believes Bury can cause an upset and kickstart a run for survival.
“The lads’ heads are all still in the zone and want to do it playing the right way,” added Nurse. “It wasn’t the greatest of starts for me with regards to the result, but there were encouraging signs.
“If we beat Dulwich on Saturday, it could be the game t0 turn it around.”
Striker John Sands is back from suspension, but John Kennedy serves the second match of a three-game ban.
A slow start to their defeat at Margate on Saturday saw both sides struggling to get going early on.
Bury had their first chance on 16 minutes when Chris Benjamin’s shot clipped the top of the bar.
On 31 minutes, a James Patterson corner found the head of Justin Miller, but he could only head straight at a defender, who cleared with ease.
Margate made the breakthrough on 41 minutes when Freddie Ladapo turned in the box and put his shot past Alex Archer into the far corner.
The hosts were awarded a penalty for a trip in the box on 72 minutes, which was duly dispatched by Lewis Taylor to double Margate’s lead.
Bury offered little in the way of a response and the promotion chasers added a third goal late in injury time when Ladapo struck home his second of the afternoon.