Russell Short leaves Bury Town

RAM FAREWELL: Russell Short, pictured in his final home appearance for Bury Town - in last Tuesday's 2-1 win over Grays Athletic
RAM FAREWELL: Russell Short, pictured in his final home appearance for Bury Town - in last Tuesday's 2-1 win over Grays Athletic
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Popular and long-serving full-back Russell Short has become the fourth player to leave Bury Town in little more than a month.

On his Twitter account, Short said: “Gutted to say I have left Bury Town.

“It’s been a great spell with the club with a lot of highs and I would have loved to progressed again with the squad we had this year, but it’s not to be.

“Thank you for all the support over the years, will miss the boys massively.

“What we’ve done recently has been unreal.

“Wish the club every success in the future, they’ll pull through this I’m sure.”

The Blues have been enduring a ‘tight cash-flow situation’, which led to the departures of Shane Tolley, David Bridges and Ryan Semple — players Short was travelling to Bury with.

And chairman Russell Ward revealed on the club’s Internet messageboard that the travelling had become too much.

He said: “Shorty lives in Milton Keynes now and the travelling is taking its toll on his work and private life.

“Whilst we are very disappointed to see a fantastic footballer and great person leave, we understand his situation and respect his decision.

“As I am sure he will say in due course, it has nothing to do with money but purely down to the distance involved.

“All at the club wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

Short’s last appearance for Bury came in a 3-0 defeat at title favourites Wealdstone on Saturday — ending their run of 10 unbeaten matches.

The Blues remain eighth in the Ryman League Premier Division.

There were widespread postponements across the leagues and Needham Market Reserves’ match at Swaffham Town was abandoned after 59 minutes due to a violent thunderstorm and hail with the Marketmen’s youngsters leading 4-2.

Wayne Proctor’s double fired Stowmarket Town back to winning ways in the only other match involving one of our sides as they overcame AFC Sudbury Reserves 2-1.

With Norwich City out of the FA Cup, they had a weekend off from action, while Ipswich Town reignited their hopes of reaching the Sky Bet Championship play-offs as Daryl Murphy and Paul Anderson fired them to a 2-0 win over Reading.

In rugby’s SSE National Three London and South East, Bury St Edmunds defeated Barnes 37-16, while Stowmarket earned a vital win against bottom club Lowestoft and Yarmouth to boost their survival hopes in London Two North East.

There were wins for Thetford — 19-16 at Norwich Union — and Thurston — 67-0 at home to Mildenhall and Red Lodge Eagles — in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties League Division Two.