Bury Town are desperate to show the Ram Meadow faithful just how far they have come and give them hope they can pull off the great escape.
The rock-bottom Blues have been much improved in recent weeks and enter tomorrow’s encounter with Kingstonian (3pm) on the back of a four-match unbeaten run.
Although there have been three draws in there, signs point to Bury at least putting up a fight as they bid to overturn what looks a dire situation ahead of their final 16 games of the Ryman League Premier Division season.
“There are going to be pitfalls along the way, but I’m pretty confident,” said Bury manager Ben Chenery. “Everyone understands their roles and there are some good characters in that dressing room.
“We are now looking like a team that can score goals and one that is very resilient.”
The Blues should have recorded their first back-to-back victories of the season after taking a 78th-minute lead at Bognor Regis Town on Saturday, but Remi Garrett’s missed penalty and a late equaliser left them returning from Sussex disappointed with just one.
“Penalties have been our Achilles’ heel this season, but we are unbeaten in four and not many teams down there can say that,” said Chenery, who was missing several key players for the match.
Player-coach Russell Short (suspension), key midfielder Connor Hall (chest), powerful defender Milton Elenge (unavailable) and former Ipswich Town trainee Joe Whight (unavailable) should all return tomorrow.
However, left-footed versatile midfielder James Paterson — who has signed a dual-registration deal from Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Mildenhall Town and impressed on debut at Bognor — is unavailable.
“He was with Bury years ago, has gone away and has got better and stronger,” added Chenery. “Christian (Appleford, assistant manager) spoke highly of him and he slotted in well alongside John Kennedy in central midfield.
“I thought he was excellent on Saturday and is a good addition to our squad.”
n Bury’s home fixture with Maidstone United — which was postponed last Saturday — has been rearranged for Tuesday, January 27 (7.45pm).
Bury Town Football Club Superdraw week 33 results: £1,000 P Powell; £150 C Thatcher; £100 S Brigden; £75 C Young; £50 Mrs Spenceley, S Comley; £25 K Grimston, S Hughes, A Bruce, S McDonagh. The birth date drawn (13/12/07) was matched by J Baylis, who won the £400 jackpot. Next week’s jackpot is £100.