Crucial run for Bury begins on artificial pitch at high-flyers

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Bury Town’s important run of December fixtures will kick off in front of a huge crowd on Maidstone United’s artificial surface tomorrow (3pm).

The Blues travel to Kent to face the third-placed Stones, who have an average attendance of 1,818 and play on a 3G pitch at Gallagher Stadium.

With Bury 10 points off the play-off positions in the Ryman Premier, manager Richard Wilkins is hoping his side can make a positive start to their busy fixture list between now and the end of the month.

“Looking at our fixtures through December, on paper this is probably the hardest one,” said the Blues’ boss .

After tomorrow’s trip to United seven of Bury’s following nine fixtures are against sides below them in the table — starting at home to Wingate and Finchley on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“We’ve got to focus on the league now and pick up valuable points,” added Wilkins, whose side exited the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Captain Tom Bullard (foot) is rated as ‘50/50’ and Russell Short (knee) could play, but David Bridges (finger) is out until after Christmas.