TEAM Bury manager Ross Wilding is aiming for his side’s joint highest league finish this year, and qualification for next season’s FA Cup.
After a 2-0 defeat away to March Town United on Satuday, the Blues lie three points off 10th spot in the Ridgeons League First Division, having played a game less than current occupants Swaffham Town.
Blues boss Wilding believes three victories from his team’s final five matches will ensure a top 10 spot, starting with games against Debenham LC at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm) before visiting table-toppers Thetford Town on Easter Monday (3pm),
“It’s a great opportunity for the boys and they are desperate to play in it,” he said.
“If we get there it is something they have achieved.
“Not many people have played in the FA Cup, especially at their age.
“I think we need to win three of the last five games to get the FA Cup spot.”
But Wilding concedes his side must play better than in their last outing if they are to reach ninth in the league, and match their highest ever league finish of the 2009/10 campaign.
“We didn’t play very well at all,” he said. “It was a bit of a changed team with some experienced players missing.
“We had a lot of youngsters and just the experience of opponents did it in the end. But the lads didn’t let themselves down.
“It would be nice to get ninth if we can with its financial rewards, and it gives them something to look forward playing in next season.”
Despite an away trip to league leaders Thetford on Easter Monday, Wilding said the Blues were focussed on their home match with the Hornets on Saturday.
“We know we can beat them on the day, but they have some good players,” he said.
The Blues will have Daniel Hitching, Phil Weavers and Ryan Clark available for selection after their absences, while top scorer Adam Burroughs will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.
Midfielder Josh Curry remains a doubt after injuring his ankle earlier in the season.