BURY Town are just starting to see the best of Billy Clark — and at just the right time.
Ram Meadow hosts a match for possibly the last time this season as the Blues take on Cray Wanderers in a massive Ryman League Premier Division encounter tomorrow (3pm), with both sides still chasing a place in the end-of-season promotion play-offs.
And with former Ipswich Town midfielder Clark – man of the match in his last two away games – finally hitting his stride in west Suffolk, Bury will be looking to earn the win to guarantee their top five spot.
Bury boss Richard Wilkins said: “He has a spring back in his step, which has been missing since he injured his ankle at Hastings United in January.
“He will be important for us with Danny Cunningham being suspended for the rest of the season after this weekend’s game with Cray.
“He’s got a lot of quality, he’s just been a bit up and down when he’s played.
“Sometimes he fights himself a bit – he just needs to relax, which he did at Aveley on Saturday and his goal was superb.”
Clark scored the first and set up the other as Bury took a giant step towards the play-offs with a 2-1 victory at relegated Aveley on Saturday, meaning success over fellow play-off chasers Cray Wanderers tomorrow would book the Blues’ place.
Wilkins – whose side have not beaten Cray since promotion to the Ryman Premier in 2010 – said: “They are a good footballing team and they have some strong players – it will be a tough one.
“It’s probably our last game at Ram Meadow, so it would be good to get some decent support – it definitely helps the players.”
Lee Smith (lower leg) could play a part, while Roscoe Hipperson may start as he needs minutes to be fighting fit for the last game of the season at Tooting and Mitcham United when skipper Tom Bullard is suspended, as well as any subsequent play-off matches.
Elliot Hunter (knee) remains a long-term absentee, while Craig Nurse (ankle) will turn out for Team Bury in a bid to be fit for Bury Town’s play-off matches.
Bury (from): Bullard, Clark, Coulson, Cunningham, Garnham, Hall, Hipperson, Kearns, Kennedy, Leabon, Nunn, L Reed, S Reed, Sands, Short, Smith.
n Tomorrow is Ladies’ Day at Ram Meadow when Bury Town host Cray Wanderers. All women will be offered free admisison, while there will also be a girls’ football demonstration before kick-off and information will be available on girls’ and ladies’ football.
n Bury are entering an under-15 team into the Eastern Junior Alliance and are looking for county standard players to join them. Email director of football Trevor Collins on trevor.collins1@ tesco.net for more information.
n Bury’s Callum Clipstone has been selected for Suffolk Under-16s’ match at Hertfordhsire on Wednesday (7pm).