DIVISION ONE NORTH
Bury Town 2 Thurrock 0
Ben Chenery admits he has no reluctance in calling up players from Team Bury to help patch up his injury-hit Bury Town squad.
The Blues got back to winning ways in Ryman League Division One North with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Thurrock on Saturday, with the goals coming from captain Bradley Barber and the returning Josh Mayhew.
But Chenery once again had to reshuffle his side, as no fewer than seven first-team players sat out the game at Ram Meadow through injury.
Joe Yaxley made his debut for the Blues in midfield, having caught the eye of the Bury manager while playing for Team Bury, and Chenery says more players from the Thurlow Nunn League First Division side will get their chance to impress.
On Tuesday night, Chenery called up the trio of Ryan Yallop, Joe White and Daniel Hammett for their 5-2 defeat to Lowestoft Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup first round.
“The games are important but if I’m honest with you, with the injuries we have and the players I have available, the league on Saturday is probably the bigger game,” the Bury boss said ahead of visiting league leaders Phoenix Sports tomorrow (3pm).
“We’ve got a plan this year to be in and around the top teams in the league and Phoenix on Saturday is a huge game for us.
“Some of the lads from Team Bury are knocking on my door wanting an opportunity.
“There’s some players I’ve been watching and they deserve a chance and we’ll see if they can step up.
“Joe (Yaxley) has been playing his football in Wales and he’s and impressed me.”
Bury’s injury problems continued to mount up on Saturday as debutant Yaxley and defender Darcy De’ath both came off in the second half with injuries.
And although Chenery is hoping to welcome back Sam Reed and Andrew Cusack from injury this weekend, he is puzzled with how his side’s injury list has grown again.
“There’s eight or nine injured,” he said. “It happens. I don’t know the reasons for it.
“Is it something we’re doing wrong? I’m not sure, but we’re very unfortunate at the moment.
“But when we get them all back we’ll have some side that’s for sure.
“It’s disappointing to go to a top team with probably not your strongest team, but you know what, they’ve shown today we didn’t have our strongest team out but everybody dug in and collectively I felt it was a fantastic result.”
Following tomorrow’s trip to the league leaders, Bury (third) host VCD Athletic at Ram Meadow on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Bury Town: O’Sullivan, Allen, D’eath (Weavers 73), Aitkens, Debenham, Clements, Garrett, Yaxley (Read 53), Mayhew, Barber (c), Jolland. Sub not used: Wigley. Sent off: Weavers. Att: 309. Free Press MOTM: Tom Debenham.