TEAM BURY will be hoping their late surge up the league will be enough to see them qualify for next season’s FA Cup, writes Adam Smith.
They won 2-0 at Swaffham Town on the final day of the season to secure 10th spot in the Ridgeons First Division, a position that has proved good enough in previous years to qualify for the preliminary rounds of football’s oldest competition.
Manager Ross Wilding was especially pleased with his side’s strong finish to the campaign, particularly after a disappointing start.
“We were struggling at first,” said Wilding. “We had a tough start and we were struggling with a few injuries.”
But the boss cites the turnaround in the club’s fortunes as their best achievement, particularly the final day win to seal 10th.
“The way they turned things around was most pleasing.,” he added. “The lads showed tremendous resilience.”
Wilding regrets a poor run of results that saw Team Bury crash out of three cup competitions in just seven days back in November.
Defeats to Witham Town, FC Clacton and Felixstowe United eliminated them from the FA Vase, the Ridgeons League Cup and the Suffolk Senior Cup respectively.
The manager reckons this wretched run of form to be the biggest disappointment of Team Bury’s season.
They fared slightly better in the First Division Knockout Cup, where they enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals, before losing to Cambridge University Press.
The manager is hoping to use the success of the latter half of the season as the springboard for greater things next season, and already has plans for how he wants to improve things,
“We’re hoping to bring in a couple of older players next year to add a bit of experience to the squad,” he said. “Hopefully the younger lads will benefit from that.
“We’re aiming for a more consistent run of things next year, and hopefully push ourselves higher up the league.”
That quarter-final defeat did bring a worrying wobble in form, and they lost four of their next five games, drawing the other.
This had threatened to bring the season to an anti-climax, but the squad rallied to win their final two fixtures.
A nervy win in the last game enough to capitalise on Fakenham Town’s home draw with Stowmarket Town and leapfrog them in the table.
The players’ player award went to leading striker Adam Burroughs, who top scored with 12 goals.
The supporters’ player award, meanwhile, went to Phil Weavers for his consistent midfield displays.
Wilding, meanwhile, will be keeping his fingers crossed as he waits to hear from the FA as to whether their 10th place will be good enough for next year’s FA Cup.