PLAY-OFF ROAR

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AFTER 41 league matches, Bury Town’s season has come down to a 90-minute shootout at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm).

Should the Blues defeat Wealdstone, their campaign will be extended into May and the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs.

But draw or lose and their fate will be left in the lap of the gods as Tonbridge Angels, Lowestoft Town, Harrow Borough, Kingstonian and Canvey Island all attempt to topple Bury and secure one of the four play-off berths on offer.

“It will certainly be the biggest game of this season,” said manager Richard Wilkins. “Last year against Marlow was a massive game to win the league and this one is massive to get in the play-offs.

“I’ve always said that if we made the play-offs, it would have been a very good season for us.”

Victory at Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town was vital on Monday – and secured thanks to Chris Henderson’s 76th-minute strike – following a weary home display against Maidstone, which had seen the Blues drop out of the top five with a 2-1 defeat.

However, success at Crown Meadow means the Blues start the day third in the table, knowing a win would see them return to Ram Meadow on Tuesday (7.45pm) for a play-off semi-final tie, potentially against the Trawler Boys.

More than 1,00 people were in attendance for Easter’s Suffolk derby and West Suffolk can expect a similar bumper crowd for tomorrow’s clash against a Wealdstone side that held Bury to a goalless draw back in September.

Wilkins said: “They are one of those teams who should be in and around the play-offs, but had a bad winter period and found themselves with too much to do.

“They are a bit like Cray whereas perhaps they have under achieved a bit.

“We had a decent support at Lowestoft, which really helped us and really gave us belief.

“We just need to get our heads on for Saturday and get the three points to seal a play-off position.

“A draw on Saturday could be enough, but we need to make sure.”

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