Richard Wilkins has admitted his Bury Town players are not comfortable on the Ram Meadow pitch after stretching their winless home run.
Following Tuesday’s 2-1 reverse to Hendon, the Blues have not won a Ryman Premier game on their own patch since November 24 — a streak of five defeats and one draw.
But Bury chief Wilkins has told his team they cannot use the state of the home surface as an excuse for their poor run.
“The statistics speak for themselves, but we do what we can with the pitch — it’s always been a bit of a glue pot and a bit difficult,” he said. “As someone pointed out to me the other day, the last two games we have won — at Canvey and Wingate — have both been on lovely pitches.
“I just don’t think the lads are as comfortable as they are on a really flat surface, but at the end of the day this is our home pitch — we play 21 games on it — so I don’t count it as an excuse.”
Bury will attempt to put their disastrous home run behind them when Bognor Regis Town visit Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm), with bottom club Thurrock also in Suffolk on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Lee Reed made his Bury return on Tuesday after almost three months out with a hernia injury, but the Blues could be without Adam Tann and Connor Hall tomorrow.
Hall was complaining of more pain in his injured knee on Tuesday, while Tann received a nasty gash to his face that required stitches.
Billy Clark (ankle), Richard Logan (calf) and Callum Kearns (knee) are also out injured and Luke Ingram suspended for one more match, but John Kennedy will be back from his own ban.