Boss refuses to give up the race for spot in the top five

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Bury Town manager Richard Wilkins has challenged his players to win their final three games to see where it leaves them in the race for the Ryman League Premier Division play-off places.

The Blues drew 2-2 at Whitehawk on Saturday and then 1-1 with Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town at Ram Meadow on Tuesday to leave them needing a number of results to go their way to sneak into the top five.

Tomorrow (3pm), Bury host Margate — who were in pole position for fifth two weeks ago until a run of five consecutive defeats — before taking on Hastings United on Tuesday (7.45pm) in their final home match of the season.

“We need to win our last three games and see where it takes us,” said Wilkins, who will be without John Kennedy and Tom Bullard through suspension tomorrow. “If we fall just outside the top five, that’s because that’s where we deserve to be.

“With three games to go, the dream is still there though.”

Wilkins also revealed striker John Sands — who last week admitted his desire to leave Bury for a professional team in the summer — would not be fined after a severe talking to from the Blues’ boss.

He said: “The club felt a fine wasn’t necessary after I tore into him for 15 minutes and if I hear anything from him again I will fine him a week’s wages because I’m fed up with it.

“I think it was disrespectful to the other players, disrespectful to the board and disrespectful to the fans to say he wants to move.”

Tomorrow is ladies’ day at Ram Meadow, meaning all women get into the Margate game for free.