Richard Wilkins believes his Bury Town squad can stop a gruelling schedule of four games in eight days from de-railing their season.
The Blues’ postponed Suffolk FA Premier Cup semi-final with Leiston on Tuesday, due to be played at Needham Market, means they face a crunch week that will make or break their season.
After travelling to ninth-placed Kingstonian tomorrow (3pm), Wilkins’ seventh-placed play-off hopefuls then go to third-placed Concord Rangers on Tuesday (7.45pm) before their rearranged semi-final with Leiston at Bloomfields on Thursday (7.45pm) and finally, a home league match with 17th-placed Cray Wanderers a week tomorrow (3pm).
But the Bury boss, who was frustrated Leiston refused an offer to try and play the semi-final 24 hours later on Wednesday, with the Blues having seen their game with strugglers Hastings United fall victim to a water-logged Ram Meadow pitch on Saturday, is confident they can come through it.
“A lot of teams are worse off than us and we just have to get on with it,” he said, “It is part and parcel at this level and our squad is actually getting bigger.
“We have got everyone fit now apart from the two long-term absentees; Callum Kearns and Billy Clarke.
“Richard Logan (calf) has trained hard over the last few weeks and is now fully fit and raring to go. And for the first time in a while I will have a full bench.”
Former Ipswich Town, Peterborough United and Exeter City striker Logan, 31, is set to make his debut at Kingstonian tomorrow, but will have to earn his place from the bench with Bury currently on a three-game winning run.
Wilkins said: “He is another option for us but the bottom line is he has to earn his place.
“In training he has done well and he is a quality player and it is good to have him on board, as it gives me some good selection problems.”
Right-back Russell Short is set to come straight back into the starting XI though, having recovered from his knee injury.
Elliot Hunter’s comeback will continue with Team Bury tomorrow though, while Billy Clarke (broken ankle) has just begun light running with Callum Kearns (knee) still some way away from that stage of his rehabilitation.
Wilkins admitted although his defence should be ok to make it through the heavy schedule of games, his more forward-thinking players will have to be nursed through it.
“It is more the speed merchants and midfielders who are doing all the running that will need a break,” he said.
Despite their enforced break from competitive action on Saturday, Wilkins ensured they didn’t lose any fitness by training at Bury’s rugby club.