BURY Town manager Richard Wilkins is ready to unleash Danny Cunningham on the Ryman League as the Blues bid to kick-start their stuttering season.
Cunningham has been sat on the sidelines due to a five-match suspension, but is set to finally make his debut when Met Police visit Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm) as Wilkins shuffles his line-up for the first time this season.
And the player and his manager both admit they cannot wait for the talented midfielder to take to the field.
“I was young when I left Bury to go to Sudbury, something I maybe regret now,” said the former Leiston wideman. “But I have come back and have a second chance to prove certain people wrong and that I can play at this level.
“It’s a bit frustrating my season is only starting now, but hopefully I can make a difference on the pitch — I really hope we can push on and go up this year.”
Wilkins added: “His work-rate is infectious — he will give us another 10 to 15 per cent.”
Bury’s promotion credentials suffered another knock at the hands of Wealdstone on Saturday, a match that turned on the controversial sending off of Kieran Leabon for violent conduct.
The pacy attacker was dismissed during the first half of their 3-1 defeat to the Stones for allegedly elbowing Lee Chappell when jumping for a header.
“If that’s a sending off then both teams should have finished the game with six men,” said Wilkins, who was apoplectic at a number of decisions that went against his team.
Despite the match apparently hinging on that decision, he refused to let it paper over the cracks of an inconsistent start to this campaign and has vowed to ‘shake things up’ tomorrow.
“I don’t know what I’m going to get from my players at the moment, which is ridiculous,” added the Blues’ boss. “We’ve had four or five players who have been consistent, but the rest have been in one game and out the next.”
As well as Cunningham’s inclusion in the starting XI, skipper Tom Bullard could be handed his first start of the season, while Elliot Hunter is also in Wilkins’ thoughts. Leabon is available as his suspension does not begin yet.
Roy Essandoh (hamstring) could return to the bench, but Callum Kearns (cruciate ligament) and James Scowcroft (groin) remain sidelined, while Darryl Coakley has gone out on loan to Biggleswade Town.
Bury (from): Bullard, Coulson, Essandoh, Garnham, Hipperson, Hunter, Ingram, Kennedy, Leabon, Nunn, Nurse, L Reed, S Reed, Robbins, Short, L Smith, S Smith.
n Bury travel to Canvey Island on Tuesday night (7.45pm).