Bury boss remains upbeat despite defeat
DIVISION ONE NORTH
Bury Town 1
Heybridge Swifts 2
Bury Town boss Ben Chenery is not getting worried about his side’s stuttering form after two cheap goals cost them the chance to win all three points at home to Heybridge Swifts on Tuesday.
The Blues went down to their sixth defeat in eight games — and third from their last four in the league — as poor defending at one end and trouble finishing at the other, saw them go unrewarded against their bottom-half opponents.
Ollie Hughes’ 10th-minute headed opener had suggested they were on for back-to-back home wins, but Reece Grant’s low strike levelled six minutes later and Nicholas Brown’s straightforward shot somehow slipped through Neil O’Sullivan’s hands to put Swifts ahead shortly before the interval.
Bury dominated the second half but were unable to breach the Essex side’s backline.
Despite their mid-season wobble, Bury, who now travel to two in-form sides, 11th place Bowers & Pitsea tomorrow (3pm) and AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday (7.45pm), still remain in third place and just three points off the top, having played two games more than leaders Maldon & Tiptree.
“We are in the top five still which is a massive achievement so far,” said Chenery.
“I have let the boys know there is a right way to lose — having a good go with a good tempo like we did Tuesday, where I thought we were excellent, and it is just individuals errors that cost us.
“We had an excellent start to the season, which was helped by the pitches being set up for the way my side like to play their football and now they are incredibly heavy and it is difficult to play expansive football.
“You need to grind out results, and we did do that against Haringey Borough (on Saturday).”
He added: “Maldon & Tiptree have an embarrassment of riches and are able to chuck a ridiculous amount of money at it with their Colchester link-up, and we are only three points off them.
“We are batting well in a good healthy position and I am really proud of my players and long may that continue.”
Midfielder Ollie Canfer is still waiting for a scan to confirm the extent of his back injury, while John Kennedy (groin) was due to return to training last night but is not expected to be fit enough for tomorrow’s trip.
Following club captain Phil Weaver’s departure from football, revealed in the Free Press the week before last, Chenery confirmed he is talking to potential new players, but is still being frustrated by wage demands out of his budget.
Bury: O’Sullivan, Allen, De’ath, Aitkens, Debenham, Clements, Mayhew, Read, Hughes, Barber, Jolland (Garrett 70). Unused subs: Cusack, Reed, White, Yaxley.
Free Press Man of The Match: Noel Aitkens.