Richard Wilkins believes there will be no added spice when Bury Town meet Leiston tomorrow — despite summer switches between the clubs.
In the first Ryman League Premier Division Suffolk derby of the 2013/14 campaign, the west Suffolk Blues travel east to Victory Road to come face-to-face with Adam Tann and Craig Parker for the first time since their move away from Ram Meadow in the close season.
Left-back Seb Dunbar went the other way, so will face his former club tomorrow (3pm), but Wilkins does not expect the encounter to have the same feistiness as Bury’s recent clashes with Lowestoft Town.
“I don’t really see it as too much of an issue for me,” said the Blues’ boss. “It’s just another game.
“The crowd might be a little bit bigger than normal, but we’ll go there full of confidence.”
Reflecting on the departures of Tann and Parker — the latter the club described at the time as their biggest setback of the summer — Wilkins added: “I know they both went for money and they were deals they couldn’t turn down, but that’s their prerogative to go if it’s financially more appealing.”
Following the trip to Leiston, Bury return to Ram Meadow on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm) to face Canvey Island — one of the most recognisable names in non-League football.
Wilkins added: “We should be looking to get four or six points from this weekend’s matches.”
Bury have recorded two goalless draws in a week and although Wilkins was disappointed with Saturday’s display at home to Hampton and Richmond Borough, he was relieved to come away with a point.
“You can’t always be at your best and, for whatever reason, things didn’t go according to plan,” said the former Colchester United captain.
“But I’ve been told a lot of times in the pro game, ‘if it’s not going to be your day, make sure it isn’t theirs’.”
The Blues were much better on Tuesday at AFC Hornchurch — the scene of their play-off semi-final defeat of 2011 — as they dug in to earn another stalemate, despite playing the closing stages with 10 men after the sending off of Taylor Nathaniel.
Bishop’s Stortford right-back Nathaniel — who is with the Blues on dual registration terms — will remain with Wilkins’ squad for another couple of games and his suspension does not kick in until Tuesday week.
However, Jordan Patrick (nose operation) and John Kennedy (Achilles) are set to miss out again, young midfielder Ross Bailey is unavailable, while Bury continue to wait for international clearance for Australian striker Anthony Roulston.
The Blues have made an approach for an attacking player from a side at the equivalent level to themselves, but in a different league.