Garnham’s happy to have a quiet life in play-off push

PALY-OFF PUSH: Marcus Garnham
PALY-OFF PUSH: Marcus Garnham
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MARCUS Garnham hopes to be picking daisies rather than saving shots this Easter weekend when Bury Town aim to keep their play-off bid on track.

The Blues’ goalkeeper made a string of fine saves to earn his side a point in each of their last two Ryman League Premier Division fixtures and the man-of-the-match award in each.

But the former Woodbridge Town stopper hopes to have an all together quieter time when Bury visit Met Police tomorrow (3pm) and host Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town on Easter Monday (3pm).

“I’d love to have a week off, stand around and pick some daisies,” said Garnham.

“If we had won on Tuesday night the pressure would have been a little less on us.

“We now need to get three points from the Met Police and Lowestoft games to help secure that play-off place.

“If we were to draw a couple or lose one now, we would be under a lot of pressure.”

With five matches to go until the end of the regular season, the Blues have a five-point cushion to those chasing a place in the top five, but that would come down to three points should Cray Wanderers and Wealdstone win their games in hand.

The Blues needed to beat Lowestoft at the end of last season to extend their season and could face the prospect of that again on Easter Monday in front of what is expected to be a bumper Ram Meadow crowd.

“I love a big crowd and a big game,” said Garnham. “When you walk out there in front of loads of supporters cheering you on, there is nothing better. With it being a bank holiday, there should be a big crowd and it will give us all an extra 10 or 20 per cent.”

Meanwhile, measures have been taken to avoid a repeat of the overly-offensive chanting that marred Bury’s 2-0 victory over Lowestoft in the semi-finals of the Alan Boon Ryman League Cup in February, a competition the Blues subsequently won.

Lowestoft goalkeeper Andy Reynolds was the subject of the abuse that night, and Bury chairman Russell Ward has confirmed two supporters were banned from Ram Meadow as a result.

On Easter Monday, there will also be increased stewarding and a police presence to snuff out any threat of a repeat.

Ward said: “There will be a zero tolerance stance on offensive chanting. We want everyone to come down and enjoy the game and act in the correct manner.”

n Personal trainer Joe Sadler, who works at Moreton Hall Health Club, will be running on a treadmill at Ram Meadow for the whole duration of Bury’s Easter Monday match with Lowestoft to raise cash for Asthma UK, before taking on the London Marathon later this month.