Wilkins hopes to tie up Ives deal

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HE MAY have only made his Bury Town debut on Saturday, but Cambridge United loanee Sam Ives has just one match left of his one-month stay at Ram Meadow, due to the recent bad weather.

The teenager had a hand in both goals as the Blues stretched their winning run in the Ryman League Premier Division by seeing off Aveley with a quickfire double just after half-time during Monday’s encounter in Essex.

Bury boss Richard Wilkins is exploring the possibility of tieing up a deal to keep Ives for another month, but does not expect much more action in the transfer market in the coming weeks.

“Although Callum Kearns is going to be out long term, we are trying to get Kieran Leabon and Chris Henderson fit inside the next week or two,” said Wilkins.

“If we get them fit then we won’t need to get anyone else in.

“If we can get Sam in for another month, that would be great, but we also have to bear in mind that James Scowcroft will be involved again after missing Monday.”

Prior to the Aveley game, the Blues had not taken to the field since December 11 because of the freezing conditions, with Boxing Day’s lucrative fixture against Lowestoft Town among those to be claimed by the weather.

“We were hoping for a crowd of more than 1,000 or 1,500 on Boxing Day so that not being played has not helped,” added Wilkins.

“It would have been nice to have played that, but it was not something we budgeted for.

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