Super Sam Reed reaches milestone

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FRESH from bagging his 100th goal in a Bury Town shirt – super striker Sam Reed now has his sights set on scoring club bragging rights (writes Mark Williams).

Despite a spell on the sidelines earlier in the campaign, the 23-year-old forward is the Blues’ top goalscorer with 15 – two ahead of nearest rivals Chris Henderson and brother Lee.

“The target has to be at least 20 goals now and finish as our top goalscorer,” said the former Cambridge City and Newmarket Town player.

“Hendo has done well even if most of his have been penalties and it’s always nice to get one over Lee,” he joked.

“Competition within the squad is good and it drives us on – so long as individuals don’t become greedy.”

After moving to Ram Meadow in 2007, Reed has netted an impressive average of 25 goals per year under Richard Wilkins.

His goal in Bury’s much-needed 2-1 victory at promotion-chasing Billericay Town on Saturday not only saw him reach his century milestone, but more importantly it kept Bury’s dreams of automatic promotion alive.

“Obviously I’m delighted to have scored 100 goals,” said Reed. “I wasn’t aware of it at first, but then somebody told me earlier this week.

“This season has taken everyone by surprise. The aim at the start was just to stay up and there was a bit of belief that we could maybe sneak a play-off spot if we were lucky.

“But we have done really well and it is a big achievement to still be in with a chance at the top of the league.”

If Reed’s shooting boots continue to do the talking on the pitch then the Blues may still have a chance of overhauling Sutton United’s seven-point advantage at the top of the Ryman League Premier Division.

“There is still a chance of automatic,” added Reed. “But if we have to settle for the play-offs then the players will relish the chance of performing in front of a big crowd.

“There is nobody we should be scared of out there. We beat Sutton earlier in the season and we have beaten Lowestoft in the Suffolk Premier Cup so we shouldn’t have to fear any team.”