In-form Bury should not expect easy ride

FIT AGAIN: Striker Sam Reed has been given the all clear on his knee injury after a scan and should start against Lewes tomorrow (3pm)
FIT AGAIN: Striker Sam Reed has been given the all clear on his knee injury after a scan and should start against Lewes tomorrow (3pm)
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BURY Town manager Richard Wilkins has warned his side not to expect an easy ride when hosting out-of-form Lewes tomorrow (3pm).

Although the south coast club sit seventh in the Ryman League Premier Division table, they have failed to win any of their last eight league games.

But Wilkins — whose side also face Leiston at Needham Market’s Bloomfields ground in the semi-finals of the Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm) — urged his players not to take it easy against Lewes and make sure they build on two excellent wins over Margate.

“It would look as if Lewes are not quite on their game at the moment, but we will still have to be at our best,” said the Blues’ boss. “It’s a big game for us again and the most important thing is we keep pushing hard but only look as far as the next game.”

Even though Bury are 12 points behind leaders Billericay Town, Wilkins has not ruled out an outside charge for the Ryman Premier title, especially as his side are one of the form teams in the league at the moment.

“Even though the Harrow Borrough game was disappointing, I’m pleased with the way we have got back into our stride after the break,” added the West Suffolk College coach.

“I wouldn’t say the league is definitely a two-horse race and although I can’t see Billericay and Hornchurch dropping big points over the next dozen games, you just never know.

“It would be great to finish in the play-offs, but you should never say never. If we keep picking up points and they drop some, it builds its own pressure.”

As well asbeing pleased with the performance during Tuesday night’s victory against Margate — four days after Bury had won at the same opponents — Wilkins also felt Bury overcame a psychological barrier as they took their opportunity to move into the play-off zone.

“We’ve had quite a few opportunities to jump into the top five this season and we haven’t taken them, but we did that on Tuesday night,” he added.

“I thought it was a really good game and we played really well.”

Lee Smith was influential yet again as he continues to show in 2012 why Bury brought him back to the club in the summer, with John Kennedy and Lee Reed again running the midfield engine room.

And in-form centre-half Sam Nunn popped up with the winning goal, heading home Lee Reed’s free-kick midway through the second half.

Elliot Hunter (knee) remains Bury’s only confirmed absentee while Callum Kearns will continue his rehabilitation by turning out for Team Bury.

Danny Cunningham (foot) is expected to overcome a knock that forced him off at half-time during the Blues’ 2-1 victory over Margate on Tuesday, while Sam Reed (knee) has been given the all clear by the hospital.

Bury (from): Bullard, Clark, Coulson, Cunningham, Garnham, Hall, Hipperson, Kennedy, Leabon, Nunn, Nurse, L Reed, S Reed, Sands, Short, Smith.

n Bury’s Callum Clipstone has been selected for Suffolk Under-16s’ clash with Essex on Sunday.