Blues must build on cup momentum

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CUP heroes Bury Town must use their newly-found momentum as a springboard – according to assistant manager Richard Skelly.

The Blues can now look forward to their first Suffolk Premier Cup final at Portman Road in six years following an inspiring 3-0 home win against rivals Lowestoft on Tuesday.

Tomorrow, Town return their attention to the chase for Ryman League Premier Division promotion when they travel to struggling Horsham (3pm), before entertaining Margate in a rearranged fixture on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“We must kick on from here,” said Skelly. “A cup run is always nice, but of course we see the league as extremely important.

“I believe the next two games are massive for us. Horsham and Margate are both below us in the table, but all these teams work so hard so we can only expect two very tough games.

“We are delighted to be going to Portman Road, but the players know that we still have a lot to do this season.”

The Blues – nine points adrift of leaders Sutton United but with two games in hand – will be targeting the double over both clubs in the next five days.

Captain Tom Bullard is likely to miss out with his ankle problem, while fellow central defender Roscoe Hipperson will undergo a fitness test before the weekend.

“I know everyone says this, but there really aren’t any easy games at this level,” added Skelly. “We want to win both games. I know of at least four games this season when we have come off the pitch after draws or defeats and the opposing manager has said we play the best football in the league. We don’t necessarily want to be the best footballing side, we want to be top of the pile come the end of the season.”

Impressive second half goals from the returning Chris Henderson, Kieran Leabon and Sam Reed were enough to see off the 10-man Trawler Boys in midweek - setting the club up nicely for their first county cup win since 1996.

“The progress this club has made over the years means we should be in the final and competing for the trophy,” said Skelly. “It was a good second half performance and we took our chances well. We just wanted to concentrate on ourselves and what pleased me the most was the attitude of the players after the game. There was no gloating. It was just a feeling of we have won, but there is still a long way to go this year.”

Meanwhile, Richard Wilkins could be back on the touchline as early as next Tuesday. The Ram Meadow chief has been absent from the Blues’ last two games - including the club’s 1-1 home draw with Folkestone on Saturday - with viral meningitis.

“He is on the mend which is good news,” said Skelly. “He is up and about again, but obviously needs to rest.”