Bury Town and new boy Steve Holder are set for a reunion with the most prolific striker in the Blues’ recent history on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).
John Sands returns to Ram Meadow 10 months after leaving for Canvey Island, and is set to come face-to-face with his former Mildenhall Town teammate Holder.
Before Holder, Sands was the last striker Bury signed from Hall and he went on to net 59 goals in 105 appearances for the Ryman League Premier Division outfit — a statistic that does not faze Holder ahead of the duo’s meeting on Monday.
“When Bury came in, I asked myself if I could do it and decided I’ve got to give it a go,” said the powerful front man, who has lived in Bury all his life and netted a late equaliser on his debut against Enfield Town on Saturday. “Everyone growing up around Bury wants to turn out for Bury Town.”
Sands earned the Ryman Premier golden boot during his time at Ram Meadow, but it ended on a sour note after he felt he was unfairly not allowed to go on trial at Wycombe Wanderers — something Bury chairman Russell Ward denied at the time.
That coincided with a public desire to leave and he was eventually sold to fellow Ryman Premier outfit Canvey.
“Some thought I left Bury in the wrong way, but I still talk to a lot of people at the club — they are good mates of mine,” said Sands. “A couple of people have a problem with me, but it’s football at the end of the day, so I’ll shake anyone’s hand who wants to shake mine.”
Bury travel to leaders Maidstone United tomorrow (3pm) on the back of a 4-0 defeat to Wingate and Finchley, but Blues boss Ben Chenery expects his side to bounce straight back after a series of ‘uncharacteristic’ individual errors in the opening minutes.
He said: “You can do as much preparation in training as possible and set out to be hard to beat, but if you are making fundamental errors you are giving yourself an uphill struggle.
“It’s like coming in from work and the first thing you say to the wife is the wrong thing so you end up having a row that ruins the whole night — that’s what happened to us.”