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A FRUSTRATED Richard Wilkins has warned Bury Town may yet have to scrap for a play-off spot – unless they rediscover their clinical prowess fast.

Two defeats in a week has seen the second-placed Blues’ title aspirations diminished and the Ram Meadow boss is more concerned with activity from the chasing pack rather than the form of table-toppers Sutton United.

Subsequently, Town will be desperate for any kind of positive Ryman League Premier Division result when they travel to in-form Billericay Town tomorrow (3pm).

The New Lodge outfit were soundly beaten 3-0 at Ram Meadow in the reverse fixture in December but have come roaring back into play-off contention and now sit third – one place and three points off Bury.

“Confidence is brittle,” said Wilkins. “At this rate we could be fighting to stay in the play-offs. The players can’t wait for their form to come back, they have to work hard. They all need to wake up because we are looking down the table, rather than up.”

Defeats against Concord Rangers on Saturday (2-1) and Harrow Borough on Tuesday evening (2-0) represents the first time in more than two years that Bury have lost successive league games. For that reason Wilkins has warned he is prepared to ring the changes tomorrow – with goalkeeper Marcus Garnham’s position believed to be under the biggest threat.

“Not one of them has a guaranteed spot in the starting line-up at the moment and I have been given much food for thought,” said Wilkins.

“Marcus has been superb for us all season but he is just struggling for confidence at the moment so we may have to take him out of the firing line for a short period.

“The players have to dig deep if they want to get out of this. We are in a good position, but in bad form. If we were not to make the play-offs after what has been a wonderful season overall, it would be a crying shame.”

Captain Tom Bullard is set to miss out again with an ankle injury, while Callum Kearns is also sidelined.

Kieran Leabon is set to return after missing the midweek loss through illness, as is winger Chris Henderson, who did likewise with a thigh strain.

Left-back Mark Coulson is expected to make the squad despite sustaining an eye injury on Tuesday.