Ross Wilding will be taking his promotion-chasing Team Bury back to basics as they make a return to action against Downham Town tomorrow.
Following a three-week enforced break from Thurlow Nunn League First Division action due to postponements, the young Blues will be looking to get their promotion aspirations back on track with a visit from Downham tomorrow (3pm) before welcoming Great Yarmouth Town to Ram Meadow on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Currently sitting in ninth place, eight points behind the third and final promotion place with games in hand, Wilding’s side have seen the momentum gathered by a four-match unbeaten run halted much to the manager’s disappointment, as he aims to pick up where they left off.
“It is hugely frustrating because the squad had a lot of confidence from the previous weeks and we were really looking forward to kicking on,” he said. “The break has meant we’ve lost that momentum so we will have to look to get to basics.
“Unfortunately there is not a lot we can do about it so we just have to get on with it and hope we can pick up where we left off before the interruption.
“The main thing is to keep the lads calm and focused on getting back on track and if we can continue this current run then who knows how far we can go, anything is capable.
“From experiencing a break in games in the past the first game back has always been about getting back to basics and that is what I have tried to emphasise to the players in training.
“It is not rocket science, those basic skills will bring back the levels required that we were at and that is what I will be looking for.”
Stowmarket Town host Great Yarmouth Town in the quarter-finals of the First Division Knockout Cup tomorrow (3pm).
The Old Gold and Blacks could reach their first semi-final in three years with a win over the Bloaters.
Stow boss Rick Andrews is optimistic ahead of what he proclaims to be the biggest game he has faced in his time in charge of the Greens Meadow-based outfit.
“I can’t wait for it,” he said. “A win will keep the season alive for us.”
Carl Widdowson returns to the squad after missing the 2-1 home win against AFC Sudbury Reserves through suspension, while Ben Licence misses out with a fractured toe that will keep him on the sidelines for four-to-six weeks.
The winger’s absence means that Remell Davis — a recent signing from Whitton United — could make his first start for the club.
Stow beat Haverhill Borough and Long Melford to achieve their quarter- final berth and will be hoping for a repeat of the victory they secured over tomorrow’s opponents when the side’s met in the season’s opening match of the season back in August.