Richard Wilkins has told his Bury Town side to forget about their FA Cup exit to Dorchester Town and reignite their promotion challenge.
The Blues, who have not played for 10 days, were reduced to nine men in that cup tie, with the Magpies set to face League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle live on TV in the first round proper on Sunday.
But Bury boss Wilkins is determined to move on and focus on a strong run in the league to thrust them back into the title race, starting at home to Whitehawk tomorrow (3pm).
“Games in hand are great, but you need to get points on the board,” he said. “As hard as it is, we need to move on from the FA Cup exit and make sure we pick up good points so we don’t go into a slump.”
Top scorer Billy Clark had a scan on his injured thigh yesterday morning, with the results expected early next week.
He will be joined on the sidelines by suspended duo Tom Bullard and Luke Ingram, who will both also miss Tuesday’s Ryman League Charity Shield match with Needham Market (7.45pm).
Striker Allicion Blake is back in the squad and could partner John Sands up front, while centre-half Dan Hitching has been recalled tomorrow from Mildenhall Town, where he is on dual registration terms.
Rhys Barber, who made just one substitute appearance for Bury, has returned to Needham Market, while Wilkins may decide to call on the services of Adam Burroughs, who is also at Diss Town, where he has netted six times in 11 matches.
Meanwhile, Connor Hall (hamstring) is expected to be declared fit for tomorrow’s match, despite hobbling through the last three weeks.
“He needs to look after himself,” said Wilkins. “He is very keen to play, but I would prefer him to be honest with me because he’s not doing the team any favours if he’s not in the right physical state.”