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Promotion would be a ‘massive ask’

Latest sports news from the Bury Free Press
Latest sports news from the Bury Free Press

Bury Town manager Ben Chenery has warned supporters they will need to be patient as he looks to stabilise the club following relegation from the Ryman League Premier Division.

The Blues begin life in Ryman Division One North by hosting Aveley tomorrow (3pm), but Chenery has been quick to play down their chances of bouncing straight back up.

“We need to stabilise things first and get back to winning games. We will be looking to consolidate,” he said.

“Promotion is a massive ask and we have got to make sure we get the youth players integrated into the first team over the next two to three seasons.

“Ultimately we have got to be comfortable with where we are and I am aiming to start getting smiles back on faces.”

Three trialists, in former Histon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan, versatile ex-Needham Market and AFC Sudbury defender Darcy De’Ath and released Ipswich Town academy winger Ed Ellis, have all signed deals this week as Bury look to rebuild following a forgettable season which saw them finish bottom and 20 points from safety.

Chenery admits he does not know who will be his first-choice goalkeeper yet, having alternated fellow new signing Nick Punter with Sullivan in their pre-season friendlies, which concluded with a 4-0 home success over lower league FC Clacton on Tuesday.

“Both keepers offer different things and it will be a close call,” he said, with the pair having both recently returned from playing in college leagues in America.

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