Manager Richard Wilkins is hoping to borrow a couple of players to reinvigorate his tired and depleted Bury Town squad for a busy period.
With Jordan Patrick injured and captain Tom Bullard’s three-match suspension set to begin on Tuesday — never mind Adam Bailey-Dennis’ impending four-game ban — the Blues’ limited resources are to be pushed to the limit over the coming weeks.
And Bury — who have just 10 senior players left on their books after Russell Short’s departure this week — are trying to strike a deal with other clubs to bring in reinforcements for the Ryman League Premier Division run-in.
“There might be the possibility of getting a loan player or two in ,” said Wilkins, whose side are due to host struggling Carshalton Athletic tomorrow (3pm) before welcoming Suffolk rivals Leiston to Ram Meadow on Tuesday (7.45pm). “We are looking at a bit of forward power, but we just need one or two bodies who could do us a job for a while.”
Bury’s non-contract players and management staff, including Wilkins, remain without part of their November wages, meaning there would be next to nothing for the club to spend on adding to their squad for the remainder of the season.
However, the Blues’ boss knows how important it is to raise the spirits of those players remaining.
“If we can get a couple of bodies in, it will lift everybody,” said the former Colchester United captain. “We just need to bring in a couple of fresh faces — they don’t have to be the best players in the world, but they would lift the ones we already have here.”
Youngsters Anthony Roulston, Liam Wales, Ross Bailey and Ryan Taylor have already played their part during Bury’s 10-match unbeaten run — ended by Wealdstone on Saturday — and could be set for even more minutes in the forthcoming fixtures.
Danny Cunningham — who had a stomach operation last week and lasted just 24 minutes of the trip to Wealdstone — should be fit to start tomorrow after having his stitches out, but it is less clear whether former Cambridge United winger Patrick will be available following his ankle injury.
Bullard features for the final time tomorrow before beginning his suspension for being sent off last week, while Bury are still waiting to find out if Bailey-Dennis will appeal his ban and fine for his part in a post-match altercation at Grays Athletic in September, and therefore do not know when his suspension would start.
Looking ahead to the visit of Carshalton — who are second-bottom of the Ryman Premier with 14 points from 26 matches — Wilkins said: “They will be fighting for their lives.
“They are a big side and we’ve lost a lot of height from the team.
“We’ll do our best, but anybody who knows anything about football knows it will be a struggle to pick up too many more points now.”