Team Bury on the up

RIDGEONS League Football beckons for Team Bury next season after the club successfully met the criteria laid down by the FA.

The Blues have already sealed promotion from the Essex & Suffolk Border Premier League after guaranteeing themselves a runners-up spot, but they can still lift the title if results go their way this weekend.

Bury close their campaign with a home match against Gas Recreation tonight (ko 7.45pm).

Table-toppers West Bergholt are level on points with the Ram Meadow-based club but still have two games to play (writes MARK WILLIAMS).

"We are absolutely delighted to have passed all the requirements for Ridgeons League football," said team boss Neil Reader.

"Whatever happens now, we have had a great season, but we really want to win promotion as champions if we possibly can."

Reader, who has been in charge since 2004, has guided Bury to three promotions. After success in Essex & Suffolk Border League Division Two, Bury won instant promotion from Division One the following season.

"It has been a superb few years, but I cannot take all the credit for that," said 37-year-old Reader.

"The players have been great and so has Andy Gould who has been joint manager for the last two seasons.

"It is too early to make bold predictions, but we are confident we can hold our own in the Ridgeons League. We are certainly looking forward to it."

Team Bury is a side almost entirely made up of West Suffolk College Football Academy players. It is seen as a stepping stone for young players who aspire to play for Bury Town FC.

"We have some very good players coming through and this bodes very well for the future," added Reader.

STRIKER Sam Reed has been voted as Bury Town FC's supporters' player-of-the-season.