Ben Chenery wants his Bury Town side to go ‘back to basics’ as they look to get their promotion bid back on track at Ram Meadow this weekend.
Since recording an impressive 3-0 win over then league leaders Bowers & Pitsea on October 1, the Blues have lost seven of their last 11 Ryman League Division One North fixtures.
It is a run which has seen Chenery’s side slip out of the play-offs and into seventh place, but despite their recent bad spell of form Bury are only four points adrift of Maldon & Tiptree in top spot.
The Blues are in desperate need of three points to get their season back on track when they host Brentwood Town (20th) tomorrow (3pm).
“When you’ve played 23 league games in the first three-and-a-half months of the season you’re going to have periods of time where you have a run of good performances,” the Bury boss said.
“You’re also going to have sticky periods and it’s about how you come out of those.
“We need to go back to basics and we need to work hard to make sure we get out of it.
“We’ve got a good opportunity to do that against Brentwood on Saturday.
“They are a good side who are very good going forward.
“We beat them earlier in the season 1-0 at their place, but there are no easy games in this league so we will have to make sure we perform.”
With a small squad at their disposal, the Blues have found the congested schedule so far this season tough to cope with.
Saturday’s 4-1 defeat away to Bowers was the 23rd league game completed by Bury this season, with Brentwood and Phoenix Sports the only other teams to have also fulfilled half of their Division One North fixtures at that point.
And with his side scheduled to play just four times in December, Chenery admits it is a problem which needs to be addressed.
“We were supposed to play eight games in November (Tuesday’s trip to AFC Hornchurch was postponed due to a frozen pitch),” he said.
“But we’ve got four games in December. It doesn’t make sense, but we need to have a big push now going into Christmas and then take that into January.”
With leaders Maldon set to host fifth-placed Tilbury tomorrow, Bury have the opportunity to make ground on at least one of the teams above them in the table.
The Blues will be without injured duo Ollie Canfer and John Kennedy, while summer signing Tom Debenham, who has impressed in both defence and midfield this season, misses Saturday’s game through suspension.
Sam Reed and Darcy De’ath were both set to miss the postponed Hornchurch game with illness and are expected to both be fit for this weekend.
“We’ve had two or three unavailable every week and after playing 28 games in three-and-a-half months I will need to freshen up the squad with a few new faces,” Chenery said.