Injury concerns for Bury Town

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By Mark Williams

A GROWING injury list is giving Richard Wilkins cause for concern as Bury Town aim to regroup this weekend.

The Blues host Margate at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm), looking to improve on their below-par Suffolk derby performance against Lowestoft in midweek.

But that may prove difficult. James Scowcroft is certainly out of the reckoning due to family reasons, while skipper Tom Bullard (ankle) is a major doubt with an ankle injury.

Right-sided duo Kieran Leabon (ankle) and Russell Short (hamstring) are both struggling, while winger Chris Henderson is still not ready to start. Long-term absentees Callum Kearns and Ashley Sloots are also sidelined.

“It’s not ideal at this stage of the season,” said Wilkins. “Bully is almost certainly out, but I’m hoping that Kieran and Russell come through to at least play a part because they are strong characters.

“The problem with risking that though is they could then be out for even longer after that, so it is a fine line.”

The Blues – undefeated in four – lost ground on leaders Sutton United on Saturday after their Ryman League Premier Division fixture at Harrow Borough was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, before moving to within seven points of the London club courtesy of Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with the Trawler Boys. Bury still boast one game in hand over their promotion rivals.

Fifteenth-placed Margate’s form has dipped since the turn of the year with just one win in six – that a 3-1 victory at Carshalton Athletic earlier this month.

Bury midfielder Scowcroft scored the only goal of the game at Hartsdown Park back in November and Wilkins is targeting the double over the sea-siders.

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