Wilding plots Wembley way

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TEAM Bury manager Ross Wilding is pleased most of the players in his young side have had college football to concentrate on after yet another Saturday without action.

The Ridgeons First Division outfit have had a game on just two of their last six Saturdays, but return to action at Halstead Town’s Rosemary Lane in the first round of the FA Vase tomorrow (1pm).

“It’s been tricky, especially with a couple of the lads not being involved in college matches,” said Wilding, who is targeting a last 64 place at the expense of a Halstead side who have started the First Division season well.

He added: “The boys will be dreaming of Wembley. It’s a good competition for them because it’s not every week you get to play in a competition that can take you to Wembley.”

Although Halstead’s form this campaign has raised a few eyebrows of surprise, Wilding believes he saw signs of their improvement when the two sides met on the last day of last season – a 1-0 defeat for the Suffolk outfit.

“They have probably matured as a side,” he said. “They were probably one of the best footballing sides we faced last year.

“But we normally play better against teams that play on the floor, so that should suit us.”

Perry Moody should be the Blues’ only absentee, with Ryan Clark, Connor Hall and Dan Hitching among those featuring.

n Team Bury visit Newmarket Town in the Ridgeons League Cup first round on Wednesday (7.45pm).