Rock-bottom of Ryman Premier, Bury Town needed clear-the-air talks

Alex Archer

Alex Archer

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It's fair to say that last Saturday's 4-1 Ryman Premier defeat at Witham Town was the lowest point in Bury Town's season to date.

The rock-bottom Blues, seven points adrift of safety, were well beaten in Essex and manager Ben Chenery left it to his players to the lead the post-match inquest at Spa Road.

The midweek reverse at Lewes, Bury slipping to a 1-0 defeat, was a step in the right direction and Chenery was pleased with his players’ performance, despite the Blues losing their fifth straight league game.

On-loan goalkeeper Alex Archer admits times are tough at Ram Meadow right now, but agreed that the fall-out from Saturday’s game had to happen.

“The Witham defeat was one of those results which was a real wake-up call,” said Archer, ahead of today’s home encounter with Wingate & Finchley.

“It was nice for everyone to have their say (after the game) and everyone is on the same page now.

“It’s going to require a big effort from all of the players to get out of trouble.

“It’s a difficult time at the moment but all the players are aware of their roles and responsibilities.

“Wednesday night (the defeat at Lewes) was a lot better and there was a better feel around the dressing room. The performance was better and we were unlucky not to come away with something.”

The Blues have won just three of their 24 games this season, conceding 43 goals and scoring just 15.

However, Archer, who swapped places with Marcus Garnham last month – his counterpart moving to AFC Sudbury – has seen enough from his new team-mates to suggest the Blues can stay up.

“There is enough ability in that dressing room,” added Archer.

“We have got good players going forward and players capable of scoring and creating goals.

“When you are at the bottom though, things tend not to fall to you in the box. We have just got to keep working hard and I am sure we will make our own luck.”

The Blues’ luck needs to change fast, Ben Chenery’s men having played five games more than fourth-bottom Lewes, three games more than third-bottom AFC Hornchurch and two games more than second-bottom VCD Athletic.

“It seems like a long way off in this league but it’s very tight in the division, and two or three games can soon get you back in the frame and out of trouble,” explained the goalkeeper.

“I am confident we can put a good run together and results will turn.”

Whether Archer stays part of any potential upturn in form remains to be seen with the stopper set to return to AFC Sudbury in early February.

“That’s out of my hands and I am just fully-focused on making sure I do my best,” he said.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Bury so far and all the boys and the management have been brilliant.

“It’s a difficult time and when you come into a situation like this, you don’t have the time to find your feet.

“My relationship with the back four improved on Wednesday and we have got to carry on like that.”

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