Chenery: ‘Trophy a breath of fresh air for Bury’
The injuries are mounting up again at Bury Town — but Ben Chenery is viewing their trip to Sittingbourne in the FA Trophy as ‘a breath of fresh air.’
The Blues take a break from their Ryman League Division One North campaign this weekend, with a visit to Division One South side Sittingbourne in the Buildbase FA Trophy preliminary round tomorrow (3pm).
After exiting this season’s Emirates FA Cup at the first hurdle back in August, Bury have since played 11 consecutive league games, picking up 19 points to sit second in the table.
And heading into this weekend off the back of a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Romford on Tuesday, in a game which had the Blues won would have propelled them up into top spot, Chenery is looking forward to concentrating on matters away from the league.
“It’s nice. It’s a break from the league,” the Bury manager said following Tuesday night’s defeat. “It’s a breath of fresh air.
“Let’s make no bones about it, we’re second in the league and we’ve lost two games, but it’s just the manner in which you lose those games.
“We go into the cup which is a nice release for us and we play better away from home.
“I think the lads feel the tension playing here (at home) for whatever reason. I don’t know why. They do feel a bit more tense playing at home, so maybe playing away will help them with that.
“When you’re asking teams to play football, and they’re going to try and do it for me, they’re going to give it away.
“I think it’s mindful that everyone keeps calm and realises that they’re going to make mistakes, so let’s not jump on someone’s back when they’re trying to play football.
“Let’s encourage them to play and I think that creates a better atmosphere for players to play football.
“We’ll enjoy playing away, we’ve done well away from home, so we’ll look forward to that.”
The Blues travel to Kent with a growing list of injuries after Sam Reed (hamstring), Andrew Cusack (groin), Kyran Clements (cheekbone) and Ryan Jolland (foot) all picked up knocks during the game with Romford.
With strikers Ollie Hughes and Josh Mayhew also out on the sidelines, Chenery is still trying to remain positive.
“We’ve got six out for Saturday which is not great,” he said. “We’ve gone from getting them all back to six missing.
“I’ve only got a certain amount of cloth and we’ve cut it so we’ll see how we get on.
“It’s never easy football. We’ve got to keep going, we’re second in the league and there are 22 other teams who would want to be in our position, so we’re doing ok.”