Team Bury boss Ross Wilding has admitted promotion ‘is not out of the window’ ahead of tomorrow’s clash with March Town United (3pm).
The young Blues — Bury Town’s feeder team — have lost just one of their last six Thurlow Nunn League First Division encounters, including a 2-0 win at Halstead Town on Saturday.
However, they will have to do without top scorer David Lampshire for a while after he injured his ankle in the victory at Rosemary Lane.
“Promotion is not out of the window, but possibly a bit of a long shot,” said Wilding, whose side are eight points adrift of the vital promotion-gaining third spot. “We will have to judge it with eight games to go.
“We won’t be looking to finish any lower than 10th and it would be nice to be within a shout of promotion.”
Team Bury will have to deal with the added complication of Bury Town’s threadbare squad and have already lost up-and-coming youngsters Ross Bailey, Liam Wales and Ryan Taylor to their parent club for the rest of the campaign.
Others may be required to make the step-up to cover for injuries and suspensions, but Wilding is relishing being able to give the chance to even younger players — part of a generation that he and first-team manager Richard Wilkins are excited about.
“Ross, Liam and Ryan deserve a crack and a consistent run of games for Bury Town and we do have other players coming in who are potentially of equal quality,” said Wilding, who has also central midfielder Joji Kawaguchi after a move to Scotland.
Fellow First Division outfits Stowmarket Town and Needham Market Reserves will not meet at Greens Meadow tomorrow after the match was postponed due to county call-ups from the young Marketmen’s squad.
In the Premier Division, Thetford Town manager Mark Scott is hoping his side can put their habit of conceding late goals behind them when they host Stanway Rovers tomorrow (3pm).
Having fought back from 2-0 down to lead at Ely City a fortnight ago, they conceded an 89th-minute equaliser, and succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday thanks to Andrew Wood’s winner five minutes from time.
“A little bit of naivety cost us,” said the Brecklanders’ boss, who will be missing midfielder Luke Catchpole (fractured ribs) but will welcome back Bruno Tavares and Sam Bond from suspension. “We were 1-0 up for a large part of the game and looked in control, but with Jack Brame and Andrew Wood in the team, Walsham are always a danger.”
Walsham-le-Willows will be looking to win three league games in a row for the first time since an eight-match winning streak in November and December 2012 when they host promotion-chasing Godmanchester Rovers tomorrow (3pm).
Mildenhall Town return to action at Kirkley and Pakefield on January 25 (3pm).