New Bury Town signing Luke Read is confident he can help fill the goals void as the frontline injury crisis deepened at Ram Meadow this week.
The Blues, who lost their tag as the only unbeaten side in Ryman League Division One North in a 2-0 defeat to AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday, were without five senior forwards for their second home game in four days after Josh Mayhew limped out of Saturday’s 4-1 win with a pulled hamstring.
But Read, who joined at the end of last week after a summer move to Needham Market did not work out, hit 15 goals from midfield in the division for Brightlingsea Regent last season and believes he can recreate that around some familiar faces that have helped reignite his love for the game.
“Hopefully I can get myself in positions more and more as I get fitter and I think I can definitely chip in with my fair share of goals,” said the 26-year-old.
“I went to school with Remi (Garrett) and I think he scored 40-odd goals that season I played at (Ipswich) Wanderers with him and I got 25. I also know Josh (Mayhew), we are good friends. Me, Josh, Ollie (Hughes) and Remi have all played together before (at Hadleigh) and usually when us four play together it is good for all of us.”
Read, who had signed a two-year contract at Needham but did not make a competitive appearance, said: “My confidence was knocked and I was a bit put out on football completely, but already I am having a laugh and fitting in with the boys here.”
Bury manager Ben Chenery, who takes his second-placed side to Brentwood Town tomorrow (3pm) and Heybridge Swifts on Tuesday (7.45pm), added: “Luke wasn’t an ideal fit for Needham, which happens in football, but when I heard he was available I snapped him up because he will score goals for us.”
Chenery was pleased with both performances over the past week, but still has hopes of bringing in another reinforcement.
He said: “We have to find the right player and ask the question and see if we can do it, but I don’t want to lose the players I have got here so it is difficult.
“I will probably have Sam Reed (knee) back in another week, Josh Mayhew two weeks, Ollie Hughes (wrist) five or six and Bradley Barber (back) in maybe two weeks.”