Ben Chenery is hoping his Bury Town side can put a ‘spanner in the works’ as their fierce local rivals look to capture the title on Easter Monday (3pm).
The Blues (12th) host the Ryman League Division One North’s runaway leaders at Ram Meadow on Monday looking to avoid the potential scenario of their close neighbours securing the title on their own turf.
Heading into the weekend, Sudbury need a maximum of seven points from their final six games to finish top. But if teams around them slip up they could have the opportunity to clinch promotion as soon as the A134 derby.
But after seeing his Bury side narrowly defeated by higher league Lowestoft Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup semi-finals on Tuesday night, Chenery is excited at the prospect of facing their local rivals again.
“Sudbury have done fantastic this year,” said the Bury boss, who first takes the Blues to relegation-threatened Heybridge Swifts tomorrow (3pm).
“They’ve got a good squad of players and have kept the same sort of group together during the season.
“They were better than us at their place (Sudbury won 2-0 on January 2) where I had five or six academy boys playing.
“I’m looking forward to giving Sudbury a good game. It will be a good atmosphere for a local derby.
“They’ve done really well this year, but I’m hoping that we can maybe put a spanner in the works and get a result.”
A current run of eight league games without a win has all but put an end to Bury’s play-off hopes this season, but Chenery insists he will not be dropping his standards for their final seven fixtures of the current campaign.
“The players have got to understand the importance of the remaining fixtures,” he said.
“Me and Christian (Appleford, Bury assistant manager) will be sitting down very shortly and looking at our retain list for next season.
“There’s players who want to get a contract and want to be here for another season and I’m making decisions now.
“Players will perform when it’s all going well and there’s lots to play for, and I’m looking at the lads now when we’re in a position where we can’t go up and we can’t go down either.
“There’s no pressure on them so they’ve got to show me what they can do. Show me the tenacity and desire and that you want to be a footballer. There’s a few of the players that they’ll make up my mind one way or the other in the next few weeks.”
Will Gardner, a recent signing from Haverhill Rovers, and striker Nick Ingram were both cup tied on Tuesday and are both expected to return tomorrow, while Sam Reed and Bradley Barber are back in training.