By Mark Williams
RICHARD Wilkins is urging his players to recapture their ruthless instinct in front of goal ahead of a crucial week of Ryman League Premier Division action.
On Sunday, the Blues travel to second-placed Kingstonian for a mouth watering top-of-the-table clash (ko 3pm), before visiting in-form Concord Rangers on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm).
Third-placed Town will need to be firing on all cylinders if they are to pick up points from two of the toughest outfits in what is proving to be a fiercely competitive division.
“This is a vital part of the season,” said Wilkins. “We will have a clearer picture in a couple of weeks as to whether we will be competing for automatic promotion or a play-off spot.”
Bury suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat at the hands of mid-table Tonbridge Angels on Saturday - only their second league loss at Ram Meadow in more than a year.
It was a game the hosts dominated for large spells, but a series of squandered opportunities meant it was the visitors who snatched a late victory - despite a home debut goal for on loan midfielder Sam Ives.
“We absolutely dominated, but our finishing was poor and I have to be disappointed with that,” said Wilkins. “Their goalkeeper made some good saves, but we should not have given him the chance to save them.
“If we are to continue chasing top spot (currently occupied by Sutton United), then we need to be more ruthless and make the most of our chances.”
Striker Kieran Leabon is finally set to return from a hamstring injury that has seen him sidelined for more than two months and he is expected to make the bench in midweek.
“Having Kieran back in contention is a big boost for us,” added Wilkins. “Sam Reed has been working his socks off up front, but it will be nice to have some fire coming off the bench to help him out.”