Wilkins has defensive dilemma

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BURY Town manager Richard Wilkins admits he has a defensive dilemma ahead of the Blues’ return to Ryman League action tomorrow (3pm).

Wilkins must decide whether or not to play skipper Tom Bullard, who is set to begin a three-match suspension the following weekend after being sent off for stamping on Gorleston’s Richard Woodrow during Saturday’s FA Cup first qualifying round win at Ram Meadow.

Sam Nunn is set to deputise at the heart of Bury’s defence during the captain’s absence, and Blues boss Wilkins is aware he must give the centre-half game time before then.

“It’s a tricky one because Sam Nunn came on and did well for 50 minutes,” said Wilkins.

“We do have a bit of a dilemma because Tom Bullard is going to be missing for three matches now and Sam has to play some more minutes.”

It is not the only selection issue Bury face ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Aveley and Tuesday’s clash with Concord Rangers (7.45pm), also at Ram Meadow.

Veteran striker Roy Essandoh is set to make his first start for Bury having recovered from a hamstring injury, deputising for Sam Reed (hamstring) and Kieran Leabon (suspended).

And, whoever plays, Wilkins is looking for much-improved displays at home.

“We have done better on our travels,” he said. “We need to get the ball down on the floor because when we have done that we have looked a million dollars.

“We have got to be looking to get two wins and six points from our next two games.”

Both Aveley and Concord have drawn four of their opening seven matches and lie 20th and 19th in the Ryman Premier table respectively.

Meanwhile, the Blues have been handed an away tie at Redbridge in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup. The match takes place on Saturday, October 1.

Bury (from): Bullard, Clark, Coulson, Cunningham, Essandoh, Fenner, Garnham, Hipperson, Hunter, Ingram, Kennedy, Nunn, Nurse, L Reed, S Reed, Robbins, Short, L Smith, S Smith.