Second-bottom Bury Town’s injury crisis is easing and they are set to welcome back two of their marquee signings for the visit of Tonbridge Angels.
Striker Joe Benjamin missed Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to East Thurrock United to be at his brother’s wedding, but will return to the Blues’ starting line-up for the fixture with the 14th-placed Angels at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm).
Former Leyton Orient and Chelmsford City defender/midfielder Justin Miller has almost shaken off an Achilles injury and could be in line for his first match in a month, while player-assistant manager Russell Short (knee) is closing in on a return to full fitness, although tomorrow’s fixture may come too soon.
“There are a lot of positives and it just takes a spark for the tide to turn,” said manager Ben Chenery. “With Joe, Justin and Shorty back, I’m sure things will turn for the better.”
The Blues have won just two of 21 matches in all competitions so far this season and are winless in nine in a row.
Bury’s 1-0 reverse to East Thurrock was their seventh single-goal loss of the campaign and those fine margins have given Chenery reason to be confident things can turn around soon.
“It’s about belief and being ruthless in both boxes,” said the Blues’ boss, who also called on his midfield to display more attacking intent.
He added: “Joe (Benjamin) has been excellent for us since he’s come in, but we can’t hang our hopes on one person.
“Our midfielders have to look to break through lines and get forward more.”
With Benjamin away and Remi Garrett (groin) only able to start as a substitute, Chenery brought in former Tamworth man Amido Cande, but that is expected to be a temporary measure.
It is doubtful whether Garrett will be fit enough to play Saturday, while Liam Wales was also set to be back in training last night.
John Kennedy (knee) is struggling for fitness after coming off on Saturday, but injuries for Seb Dunbar (hamstring) and Connor Hall (hips) appear to have reacted well.
Spanish winger Roger Mari is to get some more experience with Team Bury.