Bury Town could go top of Ryman North with win at leaders, Phoenix Sports

Bury Town's Josh Mayhew

Bury Town's Josh Mayhew

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Bury Town could be on top of the Ryman North table come 5pm this evening, if they manager to topple current leaders, Phoenix Sports, in Kent today.

Ben Chenery’s Blues are three points behind the leaders with the same goal difference and will shoot to the summit if second-placed Cheshunt lose at home to Haringey Borough.

Bury have won two and lost two of their previous four games, while today’s opponents are on a little bit of a slide, having won just once in their previous five games.

“It’s a game that as a football club we want to play in,” said Chenery, whose side have kept six clean sheets this season.

“We have earned that right at the moment to do that and we earmarked the top-five at the start of the season, so we have set ourselves a standard.

“Phoenix Sports will be a big test for us and the league table does not lie at this stage of the season, but we enjoy playing away from home, it suits us nicely.”

Bury were in action on Tuesday evening when they lost 5-2, after extra-time, to Ryman Premier League, Lowestoft Town, in the Suffolk Premier Cup.

Chenery could recall some players that he rested for that game, including top-scorer Josh Mayhew, although he was pleased with the young squad that took on the Trawlerboys in midweek.

“I rested a few lads at Lowestoft so there should be no excuses with regards to their energy levels,” added Chenery.

“Being able to call on some of the guys from West Suffolk College (the club has a link with the college, with students featuring for Team Bury, the Blues’ reserve team) was refreshing for me.

“I think we had something like eight players 19 and under and we took a full-strength Lowestoft team all the way to extra-time. It went right to the wire.”

Elsewhere in Ryman North today, Brightlingsea Regent will be hoping to keep hold of the final play-off spot in the division with a victory over second-bottom Thamesmead.

Sixth-bottom Heybridge Swifts, in desperate need of a league win, are just three points off the basement and today entertain the team directly below them in the league, Soham Town Rangers.

Maldon & Tiptree, meanwhile, could jump to second if results go their way and they win at Thurrock, while Witham Town (16th) host Romford (17th).

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