Bury Town manager Richard Wilkins has said he cannot fault his players’ effort and is sure they will get their rewards soon enough.
The Blues go into Saturday’s home game with play-off chasing Maidstone United (3pm) off the back of three away defeats in the space of six days.
But Wilkins believed they deserved to win two of those, based on their performance, and has declared they are playing better football than when they were on a 10-game unbeaten run.
“The last three games against Hendon (1-0 Thursday), Kingstonian (2-1 Saturday) and Dulwich Hamlet (1-0 Tuesday) were all tough places to go down to — with two of those in the top five,” he said.
“We should have come away with five points, maybe even seven from those.
“That is the way football sometimes is though.
“We should have won on Tuesday – there is no question about that.
“They did not have any golden chances, apart from the penalty which Marcus saved, and we have four golden chances and didn’t take them.”
But Wilkins, who has had to chop and change with injuries continuing to bite, is more than happy with what he is seeing on the pitch, despite the defeats seeing them slip to 16th in the Ryman League Premier Division table.
“I cannot fault the effort of the lads and I think we are playing some good football, especially considering we had to change the personnel by three each game,” he added.
“But everyone who is putting on the shirt is working hard for us.
“Things are not quite going our way and that can happen when you are in a bad run; it is the fine lines in football.
“We just need to keep believing and I am sure the results will come.”
Tomorrow’s opponents, fifth-placed Maidstone, who play on a 3G artifical surface at their Kent base, are currently waiting to see if they would be allowed to gain promotion to the Skrill Conference if they were to win the play-offs.
And Wilkins is hoping his side can take advantage of the cloud of uncertainty currently hanging over them.
“It will be a tough game,” he said. “They are a good team and are in this situation of not knowing wether they can go up or not.”
Maidstone host Bury’s Suffolk rivals AFC Sudbury in the Ryman League Robert Dyas Cup final on Tuesday, but the Blues chief does not believe that will affect tomorrow’s game.
“I think Maidstone will probably be more concerned with Saturday, being around the play-offs and having to win games,” he said.
Jordan Patrick (dead leg) and Danny Cunningham (ankle) are rated as having no more than a 50 per cent chance to be fit in time for tomorrow’s game, with a return for Tuesday’s trip to 11th-placed Billericay Town more probable.
Seb Dunbar (suspension) is set to miss the Essex trip but Liam Wales (suspension) is available again tomorrow, while Callum Finch (hamstring) will miss both games.
n Bury Town will host a ladies’ day with free entry for females tomorrow and began their three-day real ale festival today (free entry, apart from matchday admission price Saturday).
n Meanwhile, former Bury Town captain, now Camridge United skipper, Ian Miller has told the Free Press a memorial game for ex-Bury Town and West Suffolk College pupil Marc Lucchi will take place at Ram Meadow on Sunday, April 27 (2pm). The number 27 was Lucchi’s Bury Football School number at the college.