Blues boss: ‘Strain is too much’

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Bury Town boss Ben Chenery has said something has to be done about the non-League fixture list for the physical and mental wellbeing of its players and managers.

The Blues were involved in a 10-goal thriller at lower league Kirkley and Pakefield on Wednesday night as they eventually won through 4-2 on penalties after the Suffolk Premier Cup second round tie finished locked at 5-5 after extra-time.

Chenery felt it was all an unnecessary extra strain on his players though, having to make the long journey across the county with four senior players out with what he believes are injuries that are a sympton of the ‘outrageous’ cramming in of fixtures before Christimas, a decision taken by the Ryman League to prevent a backlog, should a predicted big freeze strike.

Wednesday was Bury’s 21st game of the season, despite being knocked out of the FA Cup within three games, with 12 more at least to come before Christmas Day, a situation Chenery believes is to the detriment of all teams like his own who are not operating on big budgets for their leagues.

“Playing this amount of games has been outrageous really,” he said, ahead of another two home games in four days.

“It is the same in all the lower leagues as they try to get in as many games as they can before Christimas.

“We are not even at the end of October and we have nearly played half of our league games.”

And he has said the strain of juggling full-time work, family life and two games a week is having a detrimental impact on players and coaches.

“There are guys we simply cannot get out on the training pitch as we have to give them a rest and it is tough,” he said.

“It is not just the strain on their bodies and it is just not achievable and it needs to be seriously looked at.”

He added: “In the last two or three years, people around me notice a change in me before and after Christmas

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