RICHARD Wilkins hopes winning the Alan Boon Ryman League Cup can be the beginning of his best season at Bury Town to date.
The Blues’ boss, who has been in charge at Ram Meadow for more than a decade, could yet celebrate glory on three fronts this season.
As well as bidding to win the league cup when they face East Thurrock United at Staines Town on March 28, Bury are also pushing for promotion from the Ryman League Premier Division and hope to retain their Suffolk Premier Cup title.
“We have an opportunity to be in two finals and we are still really in the hunt for the play-offs,” said Wilkins, whose side saw off Lowestoft Town in a hard-fought Ryman League Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
Danny Cunningham and Sam Reed scored the goals in the 2-0 success, satisfactory redemption for a 2-1 defeat at their Suffolk rivals in the league on Boxing Day.
“I said to the boys before they went out that no-one remembers semi-finalists and that they had a great opportunity to go through to the final,” said Wilkins.
“This competition might not have been a priority at the start of the season and still isn’t our major priority, but it’s still a cup final and everyone wants to be involved in them.”
Bury have a Ryman Premier double header with Margate this week — visiting the Kent club on Saturday (3pm) before hosting them on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Callum Kearns has been given the all clear by his knee specialist to resume playing, but is unlikely to feature for Bury Town this week, but Elliot Hunter remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Craig Nurse will return to the Blues’ squad after a couple of outings for Team Bury, but Roscoe Hipperson is set to play for Bury’s junior side.
Wilkins will also have to decide whether to play Connor Hall or Mark Coulson at left-back after leaving teenager Hall out of Tuesday’s potentially fiery encounter in favour of the more experienced Coulson.
Bury (from): Bullard, Clark, Coulson, Cunningham, Garnham, Hall, Kennedy, Leabon, Nunn, Nurse, L Reed, S Reed, Sands, Short, Smith.
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