Manager backs his young Blues to bounce back from cup defeat

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Richard Wilkins has backed his up and coming youngsters to get over their 9-0 FA Youth Cup second round defeat to Cheltenham Town and feature for the Blues’ first team one day.

The Bury Town manager — who is also in charge of the club’s under-18s — watched his young charges heavily beaten by the youth side of Sky Bet League Two outfit Cheltenham Town in Gloucestershire on Wednesday night.

Despite the second-round defeat, Wilkins hopes his players would have learned lessons that will make them better players when they move into their senior career.

“I’m sure they will be better for it,” said Wilkins, whose side were mainly made up of 16-year-olds in the under-18 competition. “I remember many years ago we got thumped by Cambridge United and the first years were better for it the following season.”

Despite losing 3-0 to Dagenham and Redbridge in the first round, Bury were reinstated in the competition for the Daggers playing an ineligible player and made the 344-mile round trip to Cheltenham’s Whaddon Road.

Despite hitting the crossbar through Tevan Allen at 1-0 down and goalkeeper Jake Hayhoe producing a string of fine saves, the Blues crumbled to a heavy defeat.

Harry Williams — who took his tally to 29 goals for the season — and Zack Kotwica each bagged a hat-trick, left-back James Bowen claimed a brace and Bobbie Dale completed the scoring.

Bury: Hayhoe, Boulter (Wigley 79), Potter, White, Coldron, Call (Bedingham 63), Allen, Aitkens, Thorogood, Jollans. Subs not used: Seymour, Wigley.

*Match report details from Murry Toms/

n Bury Town Under-18s — made up entirely of West Suffolk College students — were also in action against Waltham Abbey and a hat-trick from Tanner Call and a single strike by Alfie Bedingham saw them to a 4-0 triumph.

Four goals were shared between Bury Town Under-14s and Shotley Rangers, with Lee Chapman’s free-kick added to by Lucas Balista’s close-range effort from Jake Paxton’s corner for the Blues.

Thetford Bulldogs Belles Under-13s won 5-0 at Swanton Herons to reach the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup.

Shannon Richardson and Jordan Hunter each bagged a brace, while Melissa Boulton was on target.

Gabby Wenham, Fraya Williams, Emmie Hutt and Jess Horn also produced excellent displays, but the player of the match was Nicole Smith.

n Bury Town’s Fabian Horricks and Matt Skevington have been selected for Suffolk Under-16s to face Essex at Brightlingsea Regent on Sunday (2pm).