Lee Reed happy to repay the faith

MIDFIELD goal machine Lee Reed has credited Bury Town boss Richard Wilkins for having faith in his ability as a central midfielder (writes Mark Williams).

The 25-year-old’s goals have once again played a pivotal role in the Blues’ successful season as the Ram Meadow club aim to wrap up a league and county cup double over the coming weeks.

“I am just really pleased that Wilks has trusted me enough to play in the middle,” said Reed, who lives in Burwell. “I’ve been telling managers since I was 15 that I am a central midfielder and I have finally been able to do that on a consistent basis this season.”

In a bid to flood the midfield at their first ever tilt at Ryman League Premeir Division level, Wilkins opted for a five-man midfield earlier in the season – a move that has seen Reed flourish as a more creative force just behind striker, and younger brother, Sam. As a result, the two have bagged an impressive 28 goals between them – 13 for Lee.

“It means I can get my foot on the ball a bit more and I can get forward as much as I like because we have Neil Andrews sitting in behind me and James Scowcroft.”

Meanwhile, the former Haverhill Rovers winger has insisted his team-mates have nothing to fear ahead of tomorrow’s blockbuster top-of-the- table clash at Sutton United.

“There is no pressure on us and we have nothing to fear,” Reed added. “We have been written off a few times in the race for the title but a win at Sutton and we are right back in it.

“We were always confident that we would improve after Christmas because we always seem to do that at Bury, but to be in this position at this stage of the season is great.”