Bury boss looking for players to take league form into the cup
Ben Chenery is simply looking for more of the same when his Bury Town side look to knock-out higher league Cockforsters in the FA Cup at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm).
The Blues go into the first qualifying round tie off the back of a pleasing week which sees them remain the only Ryman League Division One North team still protecting an unbeaten record after seven games, following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Wroxham and Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Tilbury.
And with £3,000 up for grabs in prize money for the winners, Bury boss Chenery hopes his side can transfer their impressive league form into the cup.
“It is a fantastic cup competition — one of the best in the world — that players are very proud of playing in,” he said.
“They all want to progress as far as they can in it as it can bring great exposure for the club and the players.
“It is important we do not underestimate the opposition as it is a massive game for both teams. We must maintain our performance level we have been playing at.
“Cup football always produces good games and I am sure it will be a tough game, but we will be prepared.”
Cockfosters are currently seventh in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, but have never progressed through the first qualifying round before, while Bury are looking to recreate some memorable recent runs that have seen them reach the third qualifying round in three of the last six years.
Goalkeeper Nick Punter, who was unavailable for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Wroxham due to work commitments, is set to return, while captain John Kennedy should be fine to start after missing mid-week with a hamstring niggle.
With seven substitutes available in the FA Cup, Chenery is set to reward some Team Bury youngsters with a place on the bench.
Tuesday’s result left Bury sixth in the table, three points off top spot, ahead of travelling to mid-table Dereham Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).
But Chenery felt they should have recorded back-to-back wins.
“We had a couple of chances first half that we didn’t take and they put away one that the goalkeeper dropped,” he said.
“We showed great character in the second half though and to be honest we should have won, we were just lacking a bit of care with our passing on our final ball.”
Saturday’s display was almost the complete performance in the Blues boss’ eyes though, and one he will be looking for them to replicate again in front of their home fans.
“I felt we dominated the game after the first 20 minutes and it was a very pleasing victory. The players displayed a level of maturity and game management I was very pleased with.”
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