Bury Town will look to rid their minds of their worst result from last season when they travel to Bognor Regis Town tomorrow (3pm).
The in-form Blues — beaten 5-1 in the same fixture last season — have more injury concerns to contend with after Russell Short (twisted knee) and David Bridges (broken finger) were ruled out of the trip to the south coast.
With Adam Bailey-Dennis (knee), captain Tom Bullard (eye) and Joe Whight (knee) not 100 per cent fit, the Suffolk side’s defensive options are limited for the important Ryman League Premier Division encounter.
“It’s a big game for both teams,” said Bury boss Richard Wilkins, whose side are two places and four points behind tomorrow’s hosts. “If Adam Bailey-Dennis and Tom Bullard are fit, then the impact of Russell Short’s injury is lessened because of the personnel we have back, but David Bridges will be a miss.
“It might be an opportunity for Danny Cunningham to play alongside John Kennedy in midfield.”
After an indifferent start to the season, Bury have won their last five matches in all competitions and a sixth would represent their best run since 10 consecutive victories took them to the Zamaretto Southern League Division One Midlands title in 2009/10.
The latest triumph in that sequence — Saturday’s 5-1 demolition of Grays — moved the Blues into the FA Trophy first round for just the third time in their history.
As a result, they will meet Skrill Conference South leaders Eastleigh at Ram Meadow on Saturday, November 30.
“It’s going to be a very tough game for us because they are flying,” added Wilkins.
n Watch highlights of Bury 5 Grays 1 at www.bury freepress.co.uk/sport/ football/bury-town courtesy of @nonleagueFCTV, including Ryan Semple’s 25-yard wonder strike.