Bury Town goal-getter Clark ready to make seaside return

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Bury Town are set to welcome back top scorer Billy Clark for their trip to promotion rivals Margate in the Ryman Premier tomorrow (3pm).

He has stepped up his participation in training over the last two weeks and is expected to be named in the Blues’ squad for the first time since limping off with a thigh injury at Whitehawk on October 2.

Another midfield boost for the Suffolk side is that Craig Parker has extended his loan spell from Chelmsford City for another month.

“He and John Kennedy followed on from Saturday by dominating the midfield,” said Bury boss Richard Wilkins. “Craig is a good lad and hopefully he will play to levels he has done in the last couple of games.”

The club were still in discussions yesterday with an experienced former Football League defender they were hoping to sign on loan ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Kent to take on third-placed Margate, who are side two places and two points above Bury in the table.

Despite the returns of skipper Tom Bullard and Luke Ingram from suspensions at East Thurrock United on Tuesday, as well as striker Sam Reed playing a part in the wins against Lewes and East Thurrock United after recovering from a gash to his knee, availability problems do remain within Bury’s ranks.

Rising star Connor Hall is due to have a scan on his injured hamstring today, while Jordan Patrick serves a one-match suspension for his red card against Whitehawk two weeks ago.

Callum Kearns and Elliot Hunter remain long-term knee injury victims, but the latter is getting ever closer to a return.

Dan Hitching may return to dual registration club Mildenhall Town, but that could depend on whether Bury secure their targeted centre-half.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Wilkins added: “We’ve got to keep our feet on the ground and try to come back from Margate with some good points.”

Bury also visit Ryman One North outfit Witham Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) as they continue their defence of the Isthmian League Cup.