Bury Town are the visitors to Parkside tomorrow in what will be a six pointer for both clubs if they are to keep in touch with the play off places. The Suffolk Blues sit just one place and one point above the Essex Blues but have played two games more. In the corresponding fixture last season Blues ran out 3-1 winners with a brace from Kieran Bishop and one from Joao Carlos , Cemal Ramadan replying.The game was played on a day when the country was gripped by "The Beast from the East", it was one of the few non league games to be played in the South East that weekend.
Away from home Bury have registered three wins, draws and losses in their nine games, their last away fixture saw them come away from Soham Town Rangers on Boxing Day with a creditable 3-0 win to push them above Blues in the table. Unfortunately they were unable to build on that win when they went down 3-2 at home to local rivals AFC Sudbury on New Year's Day. Looking back at earlier fixtures this season they appear to have suffered from the same inconsistent performances as our own Blues ! Danger man up front and current leading goalscorer is Ollie Hughes who has found the back of the net eleven times in twenty four appearances, he is ably supported by Cemal Ramadan who rejoined the club from Leiston in November last year with five goals in nine appearances, last season he was the clubs top goalscorer with over 30 goals, two to be beware of for sure.
For our own Blues tomorrow can't come quick enough after the disappointment of the 1-0 reverse at Romford on New Year's Day, a game in which not for the first time this season they dominated territory and possession without creating any clear cut chances. In mitigation manager Jamie Stuart had to deal with a depleted squad due to injuries, sickness, holidays and suspension nevertheless the overall performance fell far below the standard expected and met earlier in the season . Apart from Adalbero Pinto (suspended) Jamie will have a full squad to choose from who will be eager to put the Romford game behind them. Ryan Mahal is fast closing in on a century of appearances for the club and if selected it will be his 95th in Blues colours.